Chatter Around the World – 135

Chatter Around the World is a curated weekly update of articles related to economics, investing, dividends and personal finance. In these weekly updates, I also capture my blog updates and news related to my portfolio holdings.

Let’s dive into the links that caught my attention this week.

Updates from My Portfolio Holdings

Interesting Reads

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9 thoughts on “Chatter Around the World – 135

  1. With positions in 15 (16 if KEY’s acquisition of FNFG is considered) of these, one could assume I’ve got one ugly portfolio. However, I will argue the position that this presentation is misleading at best for the following reasons:

    1) Where are the Canadian banks? BMO has a roughly 2% exposure but are not on the list.
    2) There is no noted differentiation between national and regional banks. To assume a WFC has a equal risk factor to a WSBC?
    3) I believe there is a timing issue. Syndicated loans to be may held on the books until quarter end. Last I checked, LGTX’s real number was around 9%.
    4) Is there double counting? Ex., CFR has loans to both IBTX and FFIN.

    Certainly an issue that should be considered by investors. And numbers don’t lie. But there are times when a more complete story is hidden. The high BOKF exposure and reserves? Perhaps answered by the distressed assets being acquired.

    • I think you are right, Charlie.
      I thought the same thing – that the Canadian banks are missing. Although the level of exposure is lower than some ppl might expect…I think they all range in the 1-2% for oil & gas exposure. I still thought it was interesting to present this chart with the readers.

      Thanks for the input

  2. Thanks for sharing the chatter R2R. I will be cooking a Valentines Day breakfast for my wife and kids in the morning but will certainly find time to enjoy my coffee and weekly chatter sometime between breakfast and the NBA all star game!

    Hope you have a great Sunday. Regards, AFFJ

  3. R2R,

    Thanks again for posting this nice batch of links (weekly). It’s always nice to have some good articles consolidated all in one place. I think it’ll be interesting to see how SBUX’s endeavor into an even higher priced coffee works out for them. Will we finally see the stock take a nice hit and go on sale for a little while? We’ll have to wait and see! Regardless, someone is going to make money either by buying in while it becomes cheap or by gaining the capital gains it brings with even more income and a higher stock price.

    -Dividend Monster

    • You are welcome, DM. Enjoy the reads.

      SBUX seems like its a bit of stretch when taking the traditional investing metrics in mind, but a high growth company requires a bit of a premium…I will be looking to add more shares if theres a pullback.

      Best wishes

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