Finally a Little More Truth Mix With Drunken Optimism
The S&P is coming out and saying banks will suffer into 2009, which is closer to the truth than this rubbish we've been reading that that things are going to turn around in the second half of 2008.
I don't think all the garbage loans that were issued work their way through the system until 2010 and maybe even 2011, so I think they are still being at least a year optimistic, and the credit card and commercial real estate problem seem to be following the mortgage problem. Currently some people are actually using their credit card to pay their mortgage, exchanging cheap long term debt for ensure-you-go-bankrupt, expensive, short-term-debt.
Here is something that people that figure they are picking up banking stocks on a "bottom" are completely missing:
The structured finance market -- which packages loans and bonds to be re-sold in chunks across the investment community and which has been a key source of funding for many banks -- may take longer than that to return, S&P said in a report.
"The structured finance market has been significantly affected and it may take years for the market to return," the report said.
This "key" source of funding is damaged until such time the experience of those of us watching and in the market has been diluted, like say when our unborn children of the next generation or two are adults and don't have such experience to draw on.
But, I suppose the people picking up these banking stocks will learn the hard way rather than figuring out where the money came from and that a huge stream of it isn't coming back, and the stream that stays is now being shared with many more because of the enormous equity raising financial institutions have been forced to do.
It says most banks have the financial strength to weather this. I suppose 51% of banks is most banks, so in that sense I'd agree, but I think we see banks going under before this is over.