If Things Are So Great, Why Is This Chart So Bad?

Tyler Durden's picture

Just as during the Great Moderation, buying financials has become the no-lose trade for any and all momo junkies. From their 'fortress' balance sheets (prone to total leveraged collapse at any moment from giant over-zealous trades and mismarking of assets) to their 'can't lose' scenario analysis if rates rise because NIM will make them rich (aside from the fact that it won't), bank stocks have been among the best performers in recent months (dramatically outperforming credit in the last few weeks). So we have a simple question. If things are so great... if the outlook so rosy... if the price-to-book so misvalued... why are the bank laying off people in 2013 at a rate almost as fast as they did in 2009?

 

Financial institutions are firing staff at almost the same rate in 2013 as they did in the immediate aftermath of Lehman!

 

which perhaps explains this divergence...

 

Chart: Bloomberg Briefs