Commentary: HFY

U.S. Financials | Analysts vs. the Markets (as Fundamentals/Stock Prices Diverge)

This has been a tough month for the financials, particularly banks. What made this correction unusual is that throughout October, the financials continued to post very high earnings growth, and with minimal downgrades in estimates/target prices, the ingredients for a sharp sell-off were largely absent. Of the 270 financial services stocks covered by the U.S. broker-dealer, Sandler O’Neill + Partners (SOP), over 70% met or beat…

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…

Notes from Chicago: 3 Takeaways from the Windy City (part 2)

We recently met the top management of four U.S. mid-cap banks headquartered in Chicago (see related October 10, 2018 “Notes from Chicago – What the Banks Said About the Canadian Banks/M&A (Part 1)”). Chicago is the third largest U.S. MSAwith real GDP of US$583 billion and a population of 9.6 million. Although large, the Chicago MSA has one of the least favourable demographic profiles among the “large…

HBG/HFY Outperforming Almost Everything (in a Sea of Red)

Despite a very challenging year for global financials/banks, the Hamilton Capital Global Bank ETF (HBG) and Hamilton Capital Global Financials Yield ETF (HFY) are both outperforming their benchmarks, as well as virtually all relevant country indices year-to-date. In fact, with concerns over global trade, emerging market volatility, European politics, and the shape of the yield curve, virtually all relevant global financials and bank indices are down…

Notes from Texas: Lone Star Shines Bright

On a recent investor roadshow to Texas, we had the opportunity to meet the top management of ten Texas headquartered U.S. banks. The Texas economy is booming (annualized real GDP grew +5.2% yoy in Q4/17 making it the fastest growing economy of all 50 U.S. states) driven by a robust recovery in the energy sector and strong labor market trends in an increasingly diversified economy. With…

Global Exchanges and E-Brokers: favourable secular and cyclical themes

We met the management of over a dozen global exchanges and e-brokers at a recent conference in New York. Global exchanges and e-brokers have benefitted from secular, regulatory and cyclical tailwinds over the past decade, which has resulted in robust earnings growth and driven strong stock outperformance.  The Hamilton Capital Global Financials Yield ETF (HFY) which is outperforming its benchmark by 270 bps since inception and has a…

U.S. Banks: 3 Deals in 3 Weeks. Will M&A Accelerate Post-Dodd-Frank?

Hamilton Capital ETFs continue to benefit from material outperformance and substantial AUM growth. In this note, we discuss U.S. bank M&A and ask the question: will successful passage of the Dodd-Frank rollback bill result in an acceleration of sector consolidation? Last week, on May 24th, the President signed a bipartisan bill rolling back key provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act (named “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act”).

Notes from Spain: Improving Backdrop for the Banking Sector

On a recent trip through Madrid, Spain we had the opportunity to speak to most of the publicly traded Spanish banks, as well as the Bank of Spain. The Hamilton Capital Global Bank ETF (HBG) which is outperforming its benchmark by 14.4%, has ~3% exposure to Spanish banks, while the Hamilton Capital Global Financials Yield ETF (HFY), which is outperforming its benchmark by over 6%, has…

U.S. Banks: Wells Fargo and “Invisible” Bank Taxes

We have written several times on WFC’s inability to grow EPS and its ongoing regulatory problems. That said, even we were surprised that on Janet Yellen’s last day as Chair of the Federal Reserve (“Fed”), the central bank filed a consent order against Wells Fargo (“WFC”) requiring the bank take a number of extraordinary steps to improve corporate governance. While WFC does so, the Fed has…

U.S. Banks: High/Low Growth Areas in One Map (i.e., “Follow the Sun”)

In banking, as in most businesses, geography matters. Population growth supports GDP growth, which in turn drives revenue growth. In general, U.S. bank investors divide the U.S. into six distinct regions: the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest, and West (see chart at the end of this comment). Within these regions, there are 53 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) with a population greater than 1 million and nearly…

HFY: Modestly Raising European Bank Exposure

With improving GDP growth and monetary policy backdrop in Europe and lower bank valuations, we have increased the exposure to high quality European banks in the Hamilton Capital Global Financials Yield ETF (HFY). Specifically, we (i) increased European bank exposure by ~700 bps, (ii) reduced “other financials” in the U.S. by ~200 bps, and (iii) reduced European insurance by ~400 bps. As a result of these…

HFY: Reducing REITs/Australia

Per our comment published today, “HFY and HBG Manager Comment: Reducing Australian Bank Exposure on Rising Regulatory Risk”, we have recently reduced HFY’s Australian exposure following the government’s launch of a Royal Commission into the Australian financial services sector. This change was part of a wider review of the portfolio which also saw HFY’s REIT exposure reduced by over half to ~7%. At the same time,…

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