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Suhail Chandy, Weison Ding

A Practitioner's Field Guide

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Bank Investing is a finance book that delves into the world of investing in banking institutions. Authors Suhail Chandy and Weison Ding provide insights, strategies, and practical advice for those interested in navigating this specific sector of the financial market.

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    Your guide to decoding bank financials

    Imagine you're in a maze. It's a maze of numbers, ratios, and terms that could spell either success or disaster for your investment journey. You don't have a regular map – instead, you have financial statements – specifically, bank financial statements. And you know what? This isn't just any maze – it's a unique one that requires a specialized set of tools and a keen eye for detail. Let's explore how you can be the savvy guide of your own financial journey by deeply understanding bank financial statements.

    Firstly, let's get acquainted with two key terms that are like the North Star in your financial galaxy – Return on Assets, or ROA, and Return on Equity, or, you guessed it, ROE. These metrics tell you a lot about the profitability of a bank. ROA is calculated by dividing net income by average assets, meaning the average value of assets over an accounting period like a quarter or a fiscal year. This number is usually in the low single-digit range. 

    ROE is similar to ROA but it's net income divided by average equity. So, you might think of ROA as the muscle of the bank, how much it's able to leverage its assets. ROE, then, is like the efficiency of that muscle, showcasing how good the bank is at generating a return on the equity it holds. Keeping an eye on these metrics allows you to gauge the fundamental profitability of a bank. So, when you're considering an investment, always examine a bank's ROA and ROE.

    Now, let's zoom in on something that's critically important but often overlooked – asset quality. Meet Sarah, a budding investor. She’s assessing two banks – both have similar profitability, but Bank A has a much higher ratio of Non-Performing Assets or NPAs compared to its total assets. This should be a red flag. Higher NPAs mean the bank is taking on more risk and could face potential credit issues. Sarah smartly picks Bank B. The advice here? Scrutinize asset quality metrics like NPAs to judge how risky a bank is.

    Next, there's something that's as important as the air we breathe, but for banks – liquidity. Look at metrics like the Loan to Deposit Ratio, which is the amount of loans a bank has compared to its deposits. A ratio that's too high could mean the bank is over-leveraged, while a very low ratio could indicate inefficiency. It's like a potted plant – water it too much or too little, and it won't grow.

    Lastly, let's talk about growth, but not just any growth – sustainable growth. Banks, like all businesses, need to grow. However, skyrocketing loan growth can sometimes be a double-edged sword. If Sarah sees that Bank C's loans have grown dramatically in a short period, she should pause to consider if that growth is sustainable or if the bank is being reckless. The growth rate should be in sync with the bank's peers for it to be considered healthy.

    Remember – bank financial statements aren't just spreadsheets – they're the DNA of the institution. They reveal not just how much money a bank makes, but how it operates, the risks it takes, and how sustainable it is in the long run. By understanding the key metrics we’ve just examined, you're not just looking at numbers – you're reading a story – a story that can guide you through the maze of bank investing.

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    What is Bank Investing about?

    Bank Investing (2021) helps you navigate the intricate maze of bank financial statements with ease. Dive deep into credit analysis, master the dance of regulations and interest rates, and get a front-row seat to the dynamic world of banking mergers and acquisitions. You'll not only be able to decipher bank metrics with flair but harness them to guide your investment choices like a seasoned pro.

    Who should read Bank Investing?

    • Aspiring finance students seeking practical insights
    • New investors exploring bank stocks
    • Financial professionals upskilling on banking

    About the Author

    Suhail Chandy serves as a key strategist at Realty Income, focusing on driving growth and exploring new investment avenues. With prior experience as a Senior Partner at Penn Capital where he managed the Fintech Catalyst Strategy, and as Vice President at Adelante Capital, Chandy brings a wealth of knowledge in Real Estate, Fintech, and Financials. He holds an MBA from Yale University and is a CFA charterholder. 

    Weison Ding specializes in covering institutional investors in the Financials sector from the equity trading desk at Piper Sandler. A graduate of The George Washington University, Ding brings a unique insight into the financial markets. 

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