net interest margin

Gresham's Law

... the marginal price setter is “irrationally exuberant”, or dare we say it out loud? “Greedy.”

More Bad News For Autos: Wells Fargo Car Loan Originations Crash To All Time Low

While Wells Fargo's earnings report was disappointing, missing on revenue and reporting another decline in overall loan growth, it contained another flashing red light: auto loan originations crashed 47% Y/Y to only $4.3 billion, the lowest print since the bank started disclosing this item back in 2013.

"Dear Fed, Hike Slower... Shrink Faster..."

"Investors not being properly rewarded for the risk they are taking can have longer term repercussions... The normal process of price discovery has been changed, not just by the Fed’s activity in the market using its balance sheet, but also through the constant barrage of headlines designed to move markets."

More Bad News For Autos: Wells' Auto Loan Originations Crash To An All Time Low

While Wells Fargo's overall earnings report was passable despite another decline in overall loan growth, it contained another flashing red light: in an unexpected twist, Wells reported that auto loan originations crashed 45% Y/Y to only $4.5 billion, the lowest print since the bank started disclosing this item back in 2013.

Moodys Slashes Ratings On 6 Canadian Banks, Fears Asset-Quality Deterioration, Soaring Household Debt

Amid Poloz-described "unsustainable prices" in various cities, and just days after the collapse of Canadian mortgage lender Home Capital Group and our discussion of the dire state of Canadian savers (and their record household debt), Moodys has cut the rating son six of Canada's largest banks because of "ongoing concerns that expanding levels of private-sector debt could weaken asset quality in the future."

In Today's Fiat Money Financial System, 'The House' Always Wins

Perhaps the rules of the game have always favored the bankers.  Loaning out deposits at a higher interest rate than the yield paid is cornerstone to fractional reserve banking.  However, the extreme maltreatment of individual depositors and borrowers that has persisted following the 2008 credit crisis is a downright disgrace. 

Gary Cohn Backs Reinstating Glass-Steagal, Breaking Up Big Banks

The former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive who is the top White House economic adviser told lawmakers he could support legislation breaking up the largest U.S. banks, according to people familiar with the matter, a development that bolsters congressional efforts to reinstate the Depression-era Glass-Steagall law.

Frontrunning: February 16

  • Futures dip as Wall Street navigates unchartered territory (Reuters)
  • Trump's Russia crisis deepens (Reuters)
  • Government Landlord Pays Millions Each Year to Trump Company (WSJ)
  • Protests call for U.S. immigrants to stay home from work, school (Reuters)
  • Trump Hates Trade Deficits, But Which Ones Really Matter? (BBG)
  • French Election Puts ‘Frexit’ on the Agenda (WSJ)

DV01 Update: A 1% Rise In Yields Will Lead To $2.1 Trillion In Govt Bond Losses

The effective duration on Bank of America’s global government bond index climbed to an all-time high of 8.23 in 2016, from 5 when it began in 1997. A one-percentage point increase in interest rates equates to about $2.1 trillion in losses for global investors, based on a Bloomberg Barclays sovereign-debt index.

Step Aside London Whale: Goldman Is Now Using Retail Deposits To Fund Investments

Goldman has been using the proceeds from the new deposits to directly fund speculative activity such as trading and investments, as well as more conventional activity such as creating looans. Goldman Sachs built up its consumer bank, led by 40-year-old Goldman partner and credit trading veteran Gerald Ouderkirk, whose job is to use consumer deposits and other types of funding for trades, investments and loans.