Slope of Hope Blog Posts

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Broker and Broker

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This past week, one sector which took it on the chin was the brokerages. The reason is easy enough to understand. Two important revenue sources for them are (1) commissions and (2) interest on deposits. And yet (1) commissions are going to $0 across the board and (2) interest rates are plunging, and ultimately, I believe, will be negative. So here is the kind of catastrophe these companies are facing, with most of them down nearly 50% from their highs last year:

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Break of America

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Some interesting “pivots” happening in the world of banking stocks, such as Bank of Montreal (BMO). One in particular that caught my eye this morning was megacap Bank of America (BAC) which has been pounding out a series of higher highs and higher lows since the depths of the financial crisis. It seems to have stalled at the red horizontal, however, and this morning we’re seeing an intriguing flip lower.

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