The Perfect Bank
So i found this really interesting recording of some executives at Anglo Irish Bank. After I listened to the recordings I wondered what investment advisers were saying prior to the events discussed in the recording. I found this investment advice by Padraig O'Hannelly and reposted some of it here.
By Padraig O'Hannelly
May 10, 2006
"Imagine, for a moment, that you wanted to design the perfect bank; what would it look like? For a start, you'd want to locate it in a country with strong economic growth. Within that economy, you'd want to give it plenty of exposure to the more profitable areas of banking, i.e. the business sector. And why burden yourself with an extensive network of branches in small towns?
For peace of mind, you might also want to secure a large proportion of the loans against property, and that would be particularly easy in a country where property prices were booming and construction accounted for 20% of GDP.
Well that's pretty much the formula that allowed Anglo Irish Bank (LSE: ANGL) to outperform its peers so comprehensively. Over the past six years, the shares have been an eleven-bagger (or a twelve-bagger, depending on how you count your bags) -- that is to say they are worth 12 times what you would have paid for them. Its EPS has grown at a compound rate of 35% per annum since 2001.
With performance like that, I wouldn't grudge the management a generous remuneration package. In fact Anglo's CEO is reported to receive the highest pay package of any Irish listed company -- €2.35m last year, most of it in the form of bonuses....
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Here is the link to the whole article from The Motley Fool UK. As it turns out, avoiding shares like those is easier with hindsight too.
Here is the video; I beleive it is what the investigator says it is. Disgusting. Watch it soon - it has been taken down from some web sites already. This site where I watched it suggested I should share it with you.
Here is a link in case the video does not embed.
In all truth, at this point I cannot see any reason that sane citizens should allow investment banks to exist and continue to steal. I cannot see any reason not to take the money they stole back. Granted this is just one player in Ireland, but I do not for one second believe JPM, Goldman, Bank of America, HSBC, UBS etc are any different, unless they are worse. They don't call it stealing anymore, they call it doing their job.
At this point I do not want to regulate private investment banks. This American wants them gone.
I support State owned banking institutions, like the Bank of North Dakota and Ellen Brown, Candidate for California State Treasurer who would form a public bank in California.
It won't be the perfect bank, but at least nobody gets paid a bonus for stealing.