Insights: Canadian Banks

Pref ETFs Falter (Again): Why HFA/HCB are Logical Switch Candidates for Monthly Income

Following our October launch of the Hamilton Capital Canadian Bank Variable-Weight ETF (HCB), today we launched the Hamilton Capital Australian Financials Yield ETF (HFA). Both of these ETFs pay monthly dividends. HFA seeks to generate a yield of 6.5% or higher from a portfolio of higher dividend-paying Australian financials operating in arguably the world’s strongest and safest financial sector (aided by covered calls). Of note, the…

Australian Banks Outperformed the Canadian Banks During the Global Financial Crisis

It is well known that the Canadian banks performed very well during the financial crisis relative to their global peers, and the U.S. banks in particular. However, what is less well known is that the Australian banks did even better than the Canadian banks, generating higher returns from 2007 through 2009, the years encompassing the financial crisis (see chart below). As we explain in “Dividend-Heavy Australian…

Dividend-Heavy Australian Financials: History of Outperformance vs. Canadian Peers

All Canadian bank investors know that the sector has experienced very good performance over the past ten to fifteen years. However, most are less familiar with Australia, which actually has a history of long-term outperformance relative to the Canadian financials, with virtually identical volatility. Interestingly, as a testament to the strength of the Australian financial sector, its banks even outperformed the Canadian banks during the global…

HCB: A New Strategy for Bank Investors (Wealth Professional Article)

Wealth Professional interviewed Rob Wessel, Managing Partner at Hamilton Capital, following the launch of the Hamilton Capital Canadian Bank Variable-Weight ETF (HCB). The interview covers mean reversion trends and how they are incorporated into HCB, how the strategy might lower risk in period of market turbulence. Click here to read more.

U.S. Financials | Mid-Caps Longer-Term Outperformance in One Chart

Given the media attention given to the U. S. large-cap financials (e.g., JPM, MetLife, AIG), Canadian investors can’t be faulted for sometimes neglecting to diversify into the very large and varied mid-cap financial sector south of the border. That said, in our view, investors should not overlook this important sub-sector given its long-term history of material outperformance relative to its better known large-cap peers, as evidenced…

Notes from Chicago: Opinions on the Canadian Banks (part 1)

We recently met with the top management of four Chicago-headquartered U.S. mid-cap banks (see related October 9, 2018 “Notes from Chicago – Three Takeaways from the Windy City (Part 2)”). Given their large presence in this giant MSA, it was not surprising that the Canadian banks and their speculated U.S. expansion plans were a frequent discussion topic. Chicago is the single most important market to Canadian…

Globe & Mail on HCB: Unique Canadian Bank ETF

The Globe & Mail was quick to cover our latest ETF, the Hamilton Capital Canadian Bank Variable-Weight ETF (HCB), launched on October 1, 2018. The article explains how a mean-reversion strategy can offer long-term performance and reduced risk, referencing 3rd party backtesting of an almost identical strategy. HCB offers Canadian investors a smart mean-reversion approach to owning Canada’s “Big Six” banks, in a convenient, low-fee ETF.…

Canadian Banks: Mean-Reversion Strategy for Higher Returns/Lower Risk

On October 2nd, 2018, Hamilton Capital will be launching the Hamilton Capital Canadian Bank Variable-Weight ETF (HCB). This ETF will consist of the Big-6 Canadian banks, rebalanced monthly to capitalize on the long-term mean reversion tendencies of the sector. Specifically, it will overweight the three most oversold banks from the prior month (to ~80%) and underweight the three most overbought banks (to ~20%). Please note: The…

Canadian Banks: Why U.S. Mid-Caps are Easier to Acquire (than 10 Years Ago)

In the Hamilton Capital Global Bank ETF (HBG; TSX), we generally seek to hold 50% North American banks, with an emphasis on the ~200 publicly traded U.S. mid-cap banks (those firms with <$100 bln in assets). As of the time of writing, HBG had exposure to 23 U.S. banks representing 43% of the ETF’s net asset value.

WFC: A Canadian Bank Counterfactual as it Enters Year #4 of No Growth

We generally have minimal exposure to the global mega-cap banks primarily because of their very low EPS growth, higher regulatory risk, and relative to their mid-cap peers, materially lower interest rate sensitivity. In this Insight, we explain why we believe “slow growth” WFC basically represents a Canadian bank counterfactual.

Canadian Banks: Revisiting our “End of an Era” Thesis (Five Years Later)

In May 2011, we wrote an essay entitled “The Canadian Banks – The End of an Era”. In this essay – which was excerpted in the Globe and Mail – we explained why the Canadian banks were entering a period in which their two-decade period of double digit EPS/dividend growth was ending. Specifically, we identified three reasons supporting this thesis: (i) the drivers of the sector’s…

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