Using Veritas to Construct the "Per…

29-04-2017 Hits:88576 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Using Veritas to Construct the "Perfect" Digital Investment Portfolio" & How to Value "Hard to Value" tokens, Pt 1

The golden grail of investing is to find that investable asset that provides the greatest reward with the least risk. Alas, despite how commonsensical that precept seems to be, many...

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The Veritas 2017 Token Offering Summary …

15-04-2017 Hits:82262 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Veritas 2017 Token Offering Summary Available For Download and Sharing

The Veritas Offering Summary is now available for download, which packs all the information about Veritas in a single page. A step by step guide to purchasing Veritas can be downloaded here.

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What Happens When the Fund Fee Fight Hit…

10-04-2017 Hits:82156 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What Happens When the Fund Fee Fight Hits the Blockchain

A hedge fund recently made news by securitizing its LP units as Ethereum-based tokens and selling them as tradeable (thereby liquid) assets. This brings technology to the VC industry that...

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Veritaseum: The ICO That's Ushering in t…

07-04-2017 Hits:86651 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Veritaseum: The ICO That's Ushering in the Era of P2P Capital Markets

Veritaseum is in the process of building peer-to-peer capital markets that enable financial and value market participants to deal directly with each other on a counterparty risk-free basis in lieu...

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This Is Ground Zero for the 2017 Veritas…

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This Is Ground Zero for the 2017 Veritas Offering. Are You Ready to Get Your Key to the P2P Capital Markets?

This is the link to the Veritas Crowdsale landing page. Here is where you will be able to buy the Veritas ICO when it is launched in mid-April. Below, please...

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What is the Value Proposition For Verita…

01-04-2017 Hits:85204 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What is the Value Proposition For Veritas, Veritaseum's Software Token?

 A YouTube commenter asked a very good question that we will like to take some time to answer. The question was, verbatim: I've watched your video and gone through the slides. The exchange...

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This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relat…

28-03-2017 Hits:56308 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relationships, Is Complicated...

CNBC reports US home prices rise 5.9 percent to 31-month high in January according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller. This puts the 20 city index close to an all time high, including...

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Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As …

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Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As Landlords Offer First Time Ever Concessions to Retail Renters

Over the last quarter I've been warning about the significant weakness in retailers and the retail real estate that most occupy (links supplied below). Now, Bloomberg reports: Manhattan Landlords Are Offering...

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Our Apple Analysis This Week - This Comp…

27-03-2017 Hits:84242 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Our Apple Analysis This Week - This Company Is Not What Most Think It IS

We will releasing our Apple forensic analysis and valuation this week for subscribers (click here to subscribe - lowest tier is the same as a Netflix subscription). As can be...

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The Country's First Newly Elected Lame D…

27-03-2017 Hits:84102 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Country's First Newly Elected Lame Duck President Will Cause Massive Reversal Of Speculative Gains

Note: Subscribers should reference  the paywall material here for stocks that should give a good risk/reward scenario for bearish trades. The Trump administration's legislative outlook is effectively a political desert, with...

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Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactl…

22-03-2017 Hits:90592 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactly When I Predicted "has ‘substantial doubt’ about its future"

My prediction of Sears collapsing once interest rates started ticking upwards was absolutely on point.

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The Transformation of Television in Amer…

21-03-2017 Hits:88163 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Transformation of Television in America and Worldwide

TV has changed more in the past 10 years than it has since it's inception nearly 100 years ago This change is profound, and the primary benefactors look and act...

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An Op-Ed piece from another BoomBustBlog reader. I suggest you read my overview of PPIP in conjunction with this - Reggie Middleton's Overview of the Public-Private Investment Program  and Reggie Middleton on PPIP, part 2. Enjoy:

US Bank Stocks – Timothy Geithner To Become XLF’s Largest Shareholder in 2009 (Or the coming Financial Stock Market Crash)

First some numbers on US Banking Capital
Tangible Common Equity of all US banks/thrifts pre-crisis - $844B 6.8% TCE ratio
Tangible Common Equity Q42008 - $872B 6.3% ratio
Tangible Common Equity of US Banks(more $10b in assets) Q4 - $550B* 5.0% ratio
Danger zone(3% ratio) - $324b, Surplus over danger $226B
Total losses taken by US Banks so far - -$700-$800B
Capital Raised $500B
Deficit - $200B
The deficit was made up mostly by the pre-tax pre-provision income which increased the
TCE of the system
Total losses left to go IMF $200B($900b total) Goldman $300B($1T total) Roubini
$1,000B($1.8T total)
These totals are for US banks and ignores losses taken outside the US banking system
Lets assume total losses left to go fall between Goldman and Roubini numbers(Given that
the IMF is not exactly known for their forecasting abilities)
so $650B left to go over the course of probably 2 more years. Those losses will fall
mostly in the US largest banks as they control almost 80% of banking assets, so you
would have $520b(80%, a very optimistic assumption given that big banks have lower
‘earning’ assets than smaller ones, their portfolios are worse) in losses against $550b in
TCE for the largest banks. This is more than twice the surplus TCE of big banks
This also wipes out the majority of TCE of the big banks. Now its true that the pre-tax
pre-provision income of the US banking system
runs at around $200b(this number should be roughly $160b for large banks), this number
will be lowered if the Geithner bad asset program is used widely as that facility will
decrease bank profitability to the benefit of Pimco and Blackrock(Large asset sellers
simply cant be expected to get the better end of the deal when trading against large savvy
bond firms in this type of environment). But $400b can be 'raised' that way over the next
two years.
Of course the problem is, the market is forward looking and it will simply not tolerate to
let banks 'earn' their way out of this problem without EXPLICIT guarantees on bank
liabilities so this means that equity capital needs to be raised to fill the deficit(deficit over
danger TCE zone) immediately. Actually its possible that the 'deficit' understates the
amount of capital needed given that the market might still consider a 5% TCE ratio as not
enough. Indeed Alan Greenspan says banks will need well north of $750B to recover
*Rough Estimate
That’s what the current Geithner plan seems to be doing, the stress test is likely to show a
deficit of similar magnitude(although only firms with more than $100b in assets are in)
that will be filled through convertible preferred stock. He will also try to lure in private
equity capital by hurting the solvency/profitability of banks by making them sell assets to
bond firms at attractive prices. If private capital is not lured in, Geithner will have to sink
at least another $500-$750B of common equity capital to fill the gap. Its just not
reasonable to expect more than half a trillion in private equity capital to step in and take
risks in bank stocks in this type of environment, so its quite likely the Geithner plan
will not ‘work’, indeed if Pimco, Blackrock and other make money on this(after paying
interest, fees and loans to the government) and they are saying they will, the banks will
be left less solvent and less profitable since there is no such thing as a free lunch and the
income to the US best bond funds needs to come from somewhere
The total market cap of US financial stocks is roughly about $800B against $500-$700B
of common equity that needs to be raised, this means that Geithner will became the
largest shareholder of bank stocks in the US after he realizes private equity capital will
not save the day. Indeed he will have to hire a whole new team to file SEC 13gs forms
Conclusion
This suggests XLF is currently having a sucker rally and it will tank then break its lows
this year. The trade is to short US bank stocks/buy puts with low TCE ratios(the big ones)
and collect the check perhaps after the stress tests show the size of the deficit or when the
market realizes the degree of dilution on low TCE banks is much bigger than expected
The ‘risk’ to this is a change of plans by Geithner, however if he does change plans it will
be to favoring nationalizations and forcing conversions of debt to equity(in an effort to
‘create’ capital), however that does not present a risk to shorting financials since the
uncertainty and the low TCE ratios will guarantee the common stocks of large banks will
became options and trade close to $1
A different risk is explicit guarantees of large banks and permission for them to play
accounting games and ‘earn’ their way out of the problem, this is however a Japanese
type solution that is not likely to be favored by US authorities
Most of the data was obtained from the FDIC quaterly banking profile and bloomberg

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