New York, NY (PRWEB) October 26, 2012
In a recent Investment Contrarians article, editor Sasha Cekerevac reports that recent analysis by management consultants regarding stress tests for bank stocks within the eurozone are showing more signs of concern for investors around the world. One of the biggest concerns is the eurozone’s Spanish banking system, notes Cekerevac, as Spanish bank stocks have seen their bad loans increase as a percentage of total lending for 17 straight months.
“According to Bloomberg, bad loans went up 0.72% in 2006, and stood at a massive 10.5% in August,” reports Cekerevac. “That is a shocking increase for bank stocks to deal with, considering the economy is still in decline.”
The eurozone itself is experiencing massive economic difficulties, notes Cekerevac, and there appears to be little relief for bank stocks in that region over the short term. Citing Bloomberg, Cekerevac states that management consultant firm Oliver Wyman Group considered a decline of 6.5% in Spanish economic activity from 2012 to 2014 during its stress test.
“The problem for the eurozone is that bank stocks within the union have assets that continue to underperform. This creates a reduced incentive to increase lending and transactions that are needed to grow an economy,” explains the Investment Contrarians expert. “Much like an individual who has taken on too much debt, bank stocks have less excess reserves to spend, and even less willingness to spend them.”
But it doesn’t end in Spain, states Cekerevac. He notes that Moody’s recently issued a warning that bank stocks within Germany are susceptible to downgrades, due to rising risks within the eurozone, lower profits, and reserves too small to handle any shock to the financial system.
According to Cekerevac, the problem with German bank stocks is that they are inextricably tied to the economies of the weaker nations within the eurozone, including Spain and Italy. The increased interconnectedness with bank stocks around the world, and especially the eurozone, makes it difficult to properly evaluate the true risks involved, he reasons.
“Bank stocks have come a long way from the time when they would lend money to neighbors in a little community. In the new world of globalization, while there are massive rewards, there are also some risks,” Cekerevac concludes.
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After a 25- to 30-year down cycle in interest rates, the Investment Contrarians editors expect rapid inflation caused by huge government debt and money printing will eventually start us on a new cycle of rising interest rates.
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