George Leong, contributor to Profit Confidential, believes that banks are the fuel driving the economic growth, a reason why he is positive on the bank stocks. As the economic recovery continues, the key benefactors will be the big and regional bank stocks, according to Leong.
“From growing businesses, real estate activity, and consumer credit, the reality is that the nation’s banks have steadily charted a recovery since the collapse of Lehman Brothers in late 2008,” says Leong. “This chaotic event in bank stocks was an opportunity that only appears once in a while.”
In the recent Profit Confidential article, Bank Stocks: A Play on the Economy, Leong outlines his theory on bank stocks.
“It was clear in my mind that the U.S. government could not afford to let the major banks fail, as it would have likely triggered a mass selloff in the U.S.,” says Leong. “There was absolutely no way the government would allow the Bank of America Corporation or Citigroup Inc. to fail.”
Leong points to the KBW Bank Index, which shows the steady upward move in the index; up over 43% since October 2011.
“Money was made and I feel there will be more gains coming,” says Leong. “But I do remain concerned with some of the bad stuff on the balance sheets and the government’s new restrictions on banking activities as set by the Volcker Rule to restrict some speculative activities.”
Leong favors the big bank stocks over the smaller regional banks, which are tied to the health of a specific region of the country instead of the entire country.
“I view pullbacks as an opportunity to accumulate bank stocks, because I remain longer-term positive on the big banks to drive higher as the economy recovers and expands,” says Leong.
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