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Bank & Fin. Shares (charts)

Updated September 10, 2019 - Both the Federal Reserve and ECB clearly signal we shall see lower interest rates....and that will print more money later in 2019.

bankBanks are dying. And this not only has big implications for your savings but also for your business and investment potential… because there are tremendous opportunities for anyone who focuses their capital and talents ahead of these big-picture trends.

The banking world is DOOMED! There are many people out there who are working on payment systems and delivery systems that could turn the banking world on its head much like UBER have done to taxis, Expedia has done to travel and AIRBNB/ have done to hotels.

Banking in its current form is not capitalism. It is a fraud and crony capitalism kept afloat by ever-more desperate government interventions. It should be dismantled. Under a system of 100 percent reserves, loan banks (100 percent equity-financed investment trusts) would be like any other business and would not need any more regulation than that of the makers of potato chips.

By creating a BAD BANK, DEUTSCHE BANK is preparing for the worst.

Contrary to what happened in the 1930s', This time JPMORGAN may not survive the coming financial collapse. 

Negative Interest Rates will destroy Banks, Insurance co's and Pension Funds.

Bank Index
Technical pattern Bearish trend!
Bullish objective na
Resistance 3800
Support 3500 - 3200
Bearish Objective 2800

BANK pf1

Short term candle  Chart comments
BANK candle1
  • Jan 16, 2016: BREAKOUT STALLED and BEARISH it is...
  • Jan 17, 2017: expect a (minor or flat) correction
  • Dec 23 - Feb 26, 2018: a BREAKOUT or a Canary in the Mine for HIGHER INTEREST RATES.
  • Oct 22 - Nov 16: Index fallen out of a BEARISH Triangle = STOP LOSS!
  • Dec 11: Dangerous once 3500 levels is broken. CAUTION! [libor also spells danger]
  • Jan 15 - Jan 28, 2019: 3500 level broken and almost end of Backtest...
  • Feb 20: Bear Trap!? means the end of higher interest rates
  • March 26: BULL TRAP, TOP, and bearish Trend Reversal...
  • April 22 - July 1: lower we shall go.
  • Aug 19: Oversold
  • Sep 10: Dead cross of the moving averages confirm the bearish trend.
Long term candle
BANK candle2 small

European banks are in a VERY, VERY BAD shape - Canadian Banks are trouble in Paradise: the deflation of the Canadian Real Estate bubble will affect the Canadian Banks. - yields as of Jan 2019

Goldman Sachs (GS) USA -1.82%
Morgan Stanley (MS) USA- 2.88%
Citigroup (C) - USA- 3.19% Bank of America (BAC) USA- 2.33%
Suntrust (STI) - USA- 3.61%
Wells Fargo (WFC) - 3.60%
GS pf1 MS pf1 C pf1 BAC pf1 sti pf1 WFC pf1
Sell Sell Sell
STOP = Sell
CIBC (CM.TO) - Canada - 5.39% yield
AIG - insurance - 3.11%
Scotia (BNS) - Canada - 4.64% yield
CVS Health (CVS) buyout - 3.05% yield
CMto pf1 AIG BNS pf1 CVS pf1 GBTC pf1 PYPL candle2
topping = sell
Bottom Trend channel topping out = Sell  Danger-Derivatives
Stop loss = Sell A downtrend-The End!

Sell the CLIMAX

* the performance of AIT (Aetna Life) is the consequence of the manipulation of the Bond market (municipal and Treasuries) by the FED = extremely dangerous.
Low and Negative interest Rates are a KILLER for Banks, Financials & Pension funds!
Deutsche Bank - Germany HSBC - UK - 4.82%
Credit Suisse - Switzerland- 3.05%
UBS - Switzerland - 4.90% yield
Barclays - UK - 3.23%
ING  6.20% yield
Deutsche bank HSBC pf1 CS pf1 BCS pf1 ING pf1
Zombie bank - Derivatives- SELL will merge with Commerzbank
SELL SELL Critical Bottom trading channel
ABN-AMRO - 5.95% yield
     Credit Agricole - Fra. - yield 5.56%
Société Générale- Fra.- yield 7.62%
AXA - France - 6.44% yield
ABNRY pf1   CRARY pf1 GLEeu pf AXAHY pf1
 Derivatives - Sell     Sell Derivatives - Sell

note: the above charts are somewhat different because of the Dollar/Euro fluctuation but clearly sent their message!

  • Important: there is a HUGE difference between COMMERCIAL BANKS and 100% RESERVE INVESTMENT BANKS like Euro Pacific.
  • Under normal conditions, the profit figures of Banks improve when Interest Rates rise. This time however the situation is different: 1. there is NO ROOM for higher interest rates and 2. the value of the High Order Capital Goods (Real Estate in particular) will continue to suffer...and this will severely impact the balance sheets of the Banks and Financials.
  • European Banks (and this includes the SWISS BANKS) are in the worst shape, next come the US-Banks.
  • Houston, we have a problem: Deutsche Bank is virtually BANKRUPT and too Big to Bail-out or to Bail-in!
  • Stress Tests don't mean NOTHING! ...smoke curtains they are.
  • Canadian banks were in better shape...that was until May 2017: Sell Canadian bank stocks. This is another no-brainer. If housing prices in Toronto tank, a wave of foreclosures could rip across Canada. Banks and other lenders would take huge losses if this happens.
  • Panamanian Banks are even better. Banks in Panama must by law keep a min. of 30% reserve ratio.
  • Accounts with Designated Banks in America are covered by Government up to $ 1 million.
The Bank index in Gold (click to enlarge) note that on the PF chart below, the index is running into SEVERE RESISTANCE...but has broken out !!! Higher Interest Rates will hopefully push the sector back into the PROFIT ZONE. Technically speaking one should STAY AWAY.


The situation of the Bank sector is A LOT WORSE than what is openly admitted. Banks in the EU are extremely (1:24) undercapitalized!

Just look at Greek banks and how fast problems can unfold and the impact it has on a countries' debt situation. For Greece, the debt to GDP ratio rose from 120% to 160% in only months' time...

Our Opinion:

  • There is NO WAY authorities will risk the bankruptcy of more banks. They will continue to bail out ALL and this will continue until Hyperinflation hits. However, only ONE unexpected accident can wipe the banking system overnight. Expect riots and civil War if an accident does happen.

  • The LONG TERM trend doesn't look good. Why take the risk to invest in Financials???? There are better and SAFER investment instruments.

  • There is NO WAY you can trust the financials as they are real masters in cheating on the investor.

  • The credit markets are mediated by direct involvement of the Central Banks and the balance sheet of the FED looks like a levered junk bond fund.


Authorities will rather risk Hyperinflation and Nationalize than let banks go bankrupt.

bank-chart 2010US and European Banks have been nationalized and being state owned they won't be let down. [ Bank equities are not a lot better than Cash and Bonds....but there is much better investments than Bank shares]. Increased capital requirements and Stress test on both sides of the Atlantic are nothing more but propaganda to avoid a potential 'Run on the Banks'. A run on the banks would mean a De Facto Bankruptcy of the Banking system: the money you think you have in your bank account...well, it is not is gone...

Technically speaking, most large banks are bankrupt. Banks are all over the economy like solid cancer would be. The dramatic situation in Greece, Spain, Portugal and now also in such that the Authorities have no choice but the bail these countries out. A failure to do so would also bring down German, Dutch, French and British banks and the ruling politicians with them. Under NO condition will the Authorities let their best buddies - the Banks - go down. In other words, they will do WHATEVER is requested to keep them alive. There is however a limitation to their actions. It will show up in due time and we call it HYPERINFLATION. Countries like Argentina and Zimbabwe are living examples of what is to happen. During 2008 about 25 banks went belly up. For 2009 we already have 100. September 2010 120 banks disappeared. 2011 an average of 3 banks are closed down (taken over) each week...

Bank shares in the EU and Switzerland: Amazing is to see people still trust Banks and even still buy Bank shares and (even worse) Bonds issued by Banks!? Having said this, Banks won't go insolvent as long as Governments are solvent. For this reason, the overall situation is even more dangerous.

The Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT) enables investors to gain exposure to the price movement of bitcoin through a traditional investment vehicle, without the challenges of buying, storing, and safekeeping bitcoins.

  • GBTC is the publicly quoted symbol for shares of the BIT, “an open-ended trust that is invested exclusively in bitcoin,” and sponsored by Grayscale Investments. The Trust was formed late in 2013 and qualified for public trading on the OTCQX market early in 2015.
  • GBTC has been gradually increasing in price over the last couple of months, and much quicker than the underlying bitcoin. Last week, the daily GBTC over bitcoin premium averaged over 60%.

The IMF expects that Spanish and Italian banks will lose $300 billion just on their loans to companies in the next 2 years.  If we add to that property loans and personal credit, it will reach into the trillions of dollars.  The Eurozone banks are working with a staggering average 26-times leverage, which guarantees they are completely insolvent. The eurozone banks need another $1 trillion just to meet the stress test. With the eurozone banks insolvent, it means that the ECB, as well as the eurozone governments, are also insolvent.

The Volker Rule can be compared to the Glass-Steagall Act: trading restrictions are placed on financial institutions.

The Volcker rule separates investment banking, private equity and proprietary trading (hedge fund) sections of financial institutions from their consumer lending arms. Banks are not allowed to simultaneously enter into an advisory and creditor role with clients, such as with private equity firms. The Volcker rule aims to minimize conflicts of interest between banks and their clients through separating the various types of business practices financial institutions engage in.

The Volcker rule goes on April 1st, 2014. The Volcker Rule will cost U.S. national banks as much as $4.3 billion to implement as it forces them to sell restricted investments at a loss, according to a study by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The regulator estimates implementation costs between $413 million and $4.3 billion for banks it supervises, the OCC said in a report released yesterday. Most of the potential costs could come from the rule’s curbs on certain investments, such as in some collateralized loan obligations. The agency also said affected banks will mostly be those with more than $10 billion in assets and could include as many as seven community banks.

The Volcker Rule, which bans banks from making speculative trades with their own money and limits their stakes in certain private funds, was adopted Dec. 10 by five U.S. financial regulators. The rule, named for former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker, imposed the restrictions in response to the 2008 credit crisis.
  • There is a disconnect between Banks in different parts of the world. Canadian banks continue to behave well and our Canadian Bank Shares continue to show new records. American bank shares are breaking out and showing a mature bottom and some have already started a BULL Trend. European Bank shares continue in misery...
  • Banks in Panama MUST by law have a reserve coefficient of at least 30 %.
  • The Deutsche Bank is on the verge of collapse because the value of the derivative-position of the bank exceeds the value of the total world economy! Deutsche Bank carries $ 72 trillion derivatives on its books, while the world economy is $ 66trillion.
  • Governments force/blackmail pension funds, insurance co's and banks to absorb a maximum of Treasuries: Japan, USA, France, Belgium, The Netherlands.
  • The CYPRUS DEAL tells it all...STAY AWAY. Financials and this includes Insurance co's are DOOMED! What's more, the authorities are lying to us: at the time Greece ran into problems, it was known that there were repercussions for Cyprus. Why than took it over a year before the Cyprus problems surfaced?
  • In the EU-zone there is NO MINIMUM's for the Bail-in amounts: if an accident happens, you can lose ALL your deposits with the bank.
  • Trusting your money to the banks is like trusting your life to the Devil.  We have insolvent banks supporting insolvent sovereigns and insolvent sovereigns supporting insolvent banks. Most large banks are simply not solvent if there are major sovereign defaults. The US banks have sold some $90 billion in credit default swaps on Greek, Irish, and Portuguese debt to European banks. That is supposedly balanced with other purchases of CDS, but much of that insurance is from German banks. A firewall will do nothing more but delay the Apocalypse because it is built with Fiat Paper money which is decreasing in value and power.
  • Not only is the financial system like we have been living it for the last 60 years going to break up but we've come to a point where the CLEARING HOUSES are going out of business. With digitized securities, the bankruptcy of a clearinghouse is DRAMATIC. [a clearinghouse arranges the transfer between parties and banks each time a stock, bond, the currency is bought or sold and when money is transferred between banks...more]
  • The Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Citigroup have been downgraded and this will happen again. The credit rating of Goldman Sachs has fallen below the rating of Citicorp. Dexia goes bankrupt and KBC runs into problems. Credit Suisse absorbs its daughter Clariden Leu to improve its ugly looking balance sheet...When Greece falls into bankruptcy its largest creditor or the Deutsche bank will follow. But on top, we now also have Portugal, Italy, and Spain. Belgium (Dexia) is also running into problems. Together with Deutsche Bank, because of Credit Default Swaps the 5 largest American Banks will default. Hence ALL WILL BE DONE TO AVOID THIS! (see a video clip about POMO below)

  • The financial problems have a direct impact on the dangerous structure of CDO's (derivatives, structured products,...) which brought Greece down in the first place and on the Financial markets: stocks, commodities, bonds!

  • Banning Shorters only makes matters worse. This continues to be the tale of a dangerous adventure. Banks are bankrupt and they will rot to the core! There is no way to keep bailing them out without risking HYPERINFLATION and there is not even a plan to mop up all the extra QE...It will take Hyperinflation before the herd SEES that the Emperor has no clothes.

  • A unique aspect of Banking systems is that they cannot be rebuilt once they turn insolvent. They rot in place and nothing can be resuscitated except for the balance sheets. Not even the higher capital requirements required by the Basel III regulations can solve this problem. The Basel agreement gives banks 9 years to comply with a 7% reserve level, practically nullifying the exercise.

  • One has to be a fool (or a Hedge fund manager) even to consider buying Bank shares. Fractional Reserve Banking is nothing more than Premeditated Theft and Usury [usury is charging an interest rate which cannot possibly be honored]. Charts are issuing warnings all the time. Stay away from Bank and Financials: it is probably safer to travel to Las Vegas and use your funds to play the Roulette than to speculate on Bank and Financial Equities.

  • So many banks have been closed down (+ 120 from Jan to Sep. 2010 and so many will follow) that the FDIC has run out of funds! Increased capital requirements are still insufficient and Financials remain dangerous as long as we have Fractional reserve banking and creation of fiat money out of thin air. The FDIC lost $ 25 bn and last June (2010) it was in the hole for $ 10bn.

  • The exposure of the major banks to Derivatives is scary. Derivatives are a nuclear financial bomb and Interest Rates are the detonator.

  • The crisis in Greece is not so much about Greece, which is irrelevant in the greater scheme of things (at 2% of the EU economy). It is about the German, French and British banks and the consequences if Greece defaults, followed by Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain (the infamous PIIGS). These countries will default on their sovereign debt; it's just a question of when. Creditors worldwide had a combined direct exposure to the PIIGS of almost $2.4 trillion, according to the Bank for International Settlements, as at Dec 31, 2010. (The total profits of all the EU banks for the six months ended June 2010 were just €46.8 billion while total equity was €1.8 trillion, according to European Central Bank data).


caixaIf you consolidate 45 bankrupt Spanish banks, the end result still remains a bankrupt entity!  In any event, there is widespread agreement that the regional Spanish banks, the cajas, are bankrupt, as they made massive loans for construction and mortgages. The government has taken some action, forcing 45 Caja savings banks that were threatened by bankruptcy due to bad property loans to consolidate down to 14. But although bank regulators have estimated that Spanish banks will need €26 billion in extra capital, many skeptics believe this severely underestimates future losses and that the government may have to step in with a much larger bailout for the financial sector. The Bank of Spain contends that construction debt to banks stands at some €400 billion, of which repayment of €176 billion is questionable, with €31.6 billion of those considered nonperforming. (WSJ).

JPMorgan Chase – zombie bank
Total Assets: $1,947,794,000,000 (nearly 1.95 trillion dollars)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $71,289,673,000,000 (more than 71 trillion dollars)

Citibank - zombie bank
Total Assets: $1,319,359,000,000 (a bit more than 1.3 trillion dollars)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $60,398,289,000,000 (more than 60 trillion dollars)

Bank Of America - zombie bank
Total Assets: $1,429,737,000,000 (a bit more than 1.4 trillion dollars)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $42,670,269,000,000 (more than 42 trillion dollars)

Goldman Sachs - zombie bank
Total Assets: $113,064,000,000 (just a shade over 113 billion dollars – yes, you read that correctly)
Total Exposure To Derivatives: $43,135,021,000,000 (more than 43 trillion dollars)

Deutsche Bank - zombie bank

 Replace the word FED by the word ECB for Europe in the following video clip:  this excellent video is short but to the point. It is a very good explanation of why there is no way out of QE. POMO is primarily to bail the banks out of bad mortgage paper that they have written up in value to outrageous levels and not audible to sustain thanks to FASB. It is a way of hiding that outrageous paper trick that makes the financial balance sheets look good as FASB allowed the financial industry to decide for themselves what crap derivative paper is worth. This is the financial equivalent of the mafia burning down the restaurant used to launder money before the IRS saw there were no clients. This is the equivalent of the auditors shredding the trades at Enron before anyone could audit them. This is the truth.

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