Using Veritas to Construct the "Per…

29-04-2017 Hits:93352 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:84585 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:84498 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:89055 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…

03-04-2017 Hits:87539 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

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:87347 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:58513 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 …

28-03-2017 Hits:86883 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

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:86499 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:86842 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:93149 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:90479 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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Recently, the Chairman of Suntrust Bank said lending institutions are not out of the woods yet and will probably continue to report losses on commercial real estate through 2010. Bank stocks dropped. This is a farce.

Many, if not most, lending institutions are facing the potential of dire straits for a variety of reasons, all centering around the fact that they still have massively overvalued loans and loan products, sloppily underwritten and unsecured (or under secured by deprecating collateral) during a time of high unemployment and weakening business conditions.

The complicity of US accounting authorities, regulators and government has not only kicked the can down the road, but has made the can a lot larger. I outlined this in The Folly of US Financial Political Games and pointed out the poignant comments that other have made on the topic as well (Interesting excerpt from Jeff Nielson, Banks are actually worse off now than they were before).

 I called the collapse of the regional banking system about a year and a half ago with the Doo Doo 32 (As I see it, these 32 banks and thrifts are in deep doo-doo!). Glancing at this list over a year later (no one thought the regional banks were even at risk when I  came out with the list) in search of overlooked bear candidates), we excluded 6 banks which have been acquired or forced to close and excluded 13 banks with share price of less than $15. Of the remaining 13 banks, we looked deeper into six banks - BB&T Corp, Glacier Bancorp, Sandy Spring Bancorp, M&T Bank Corp, TriCo Bancshares, Zions Bancorp. Based on the comparative analysis of valuation multiples, past stock price performance, bank’s loan and investment portfolio and operational performance (based on Bloomberg data and latest filings). I will produce the results of the analysis and the most Doo Doo bank for 2009 for subscribers over the nest few days.

The WSJ referenced in The Folly of US Financial Political Games holds the key to what will bring many banks down, even the better run ones have invested in securities that hare dropping in value by 20% to 50%, on a quarterly basis. To make things considerably worse, as also focused on in the political games article, the powers that be have actually endorsed the fraudulent reporting of said assets, essentially giving the ok to inflate the book value of this junk in order to create earnings and value where none is available. Of course, as can be seen in the graphs, the banks share prices have responded accordingly, increasing by one hundred percent while the market value of their assets drop by 20 to 50%, taking humongous amounts, if not all, of the banks tangible equity with it. In addition, the commercial real estate and construction sectors are looking to get much worse in terms of losses. Just ask Suntrust.

If you don't believe him, just look at the implied leverage of some of these popular banks and imagine what happens to tangible equity when these investments drop in value (ex. some preferred trust and CDO portfolios have lost over 50% in market value this past quarter):

Bank Investments/Common Equity
JPM Chase
744% (Whoa!! - more on them in my next post)
Wells Fargo 373%
Bank of America 371%
PNC 359%
Sandy Spring Bancorp 311%
BB&T Corp 245%
U.S. Bancorp 212%
SunTrust 200%

Still not convinced, let's look at how conservative select members of the surviving Doo Doo 32 are in terms of financial cushioning against further loss:

  Cushion (Reserve less NPA) as % of common equity
SunTrust -23.3%
Sandy Spring Bancorp -23.1%
Zions Bancorp -19.9%
Glacier Bancorp -9.6%
BB&T Corp -8.3%
M&T Bank Corp -7.8%
TriCo Bancshares -7.6%

Do you still believe this to be a bank bull market in lieu of a bear market bounce fueled by legalized financial fraud??? Well, let's pick a Doo Doo 32 bank and go through the books, shall we...

Zions Bancorp, a bank with about 4$4.5 billion of tangible equity, also has..
Level 1 267,044 6.7%
Level 2 1,826,631 45.9%
Level 3 1,888,828 47.4%

About half of this banks ENTIRE investment portfolio is not valued by market transactions, but marked to managements opinion, which of course is most rosy, to be sure:-)

Non agency mortgage backed securities as % of equity 51.1%
Non-agency MBS has the same value as used toilet paper in some circles...  
Mortgage loans as % of equity



I think they over did it on the leverage front here.

So, exactly how is that investment portfolio doing???


30-Jun-09     Amortized cost Fair value Unrealized gain and loss
U.S. Treasury securities   25,113 25,845 2.9%
U.S. Government agencies and corporations:      
Agency securities   290,504 296,378 2.0%
Agency guaranteed mortgage-backed securities 411,180 420,684 2.3%
Small Business Administration loan-backed securities 834,883 812,530 -2.7%
Municipal securities   251,029 252,833 0.7%
Asset-backed securities:        
Trust preferred securities - banks and insurance 2,173,757 1,536,164 -29.3%
Trust preferred securities - real estate investment trusts 76,745 34,580 -54.9%
Auction rate securities
171,910 171,252 -0.4%

161,983 107,329 -33.7%
Mutual funds and stock   246,300 246,300 0.0%

4,643,404 3,903,895 -15.9%
Municipal securities   671,671 671,399 0.0%
Asset-backed securities:

Trust preferred securities - banks and insurance 265,292 200,972 -24.2%

32,486 18,717 -42.4%
Other debt securities
100 98 -2.0%

969,549 891,186 -8.1%

Keep in mind that these losses are akin to the one's you and I would take in an institutional margin account. Zions has a leverage ratio of 13x and investments to common equity of 189%. One dollar of investment losses equates to much more than one dollar of lost equity to this bank and its shareholders and investors.

If we look at the actual loan portfolio... 

Commercial lending: (in million) % of loan type % of loan portfolio
Commercial and industrial $10,588 53% 25.5%
Leasing   423 2% 1.0%
Owner occupied 8,782 44% 21.1%
Total commercial lending 19,793 100% 47.7%
Commercial real estate:      
Construction and land development 6,848 50% 16.5%
Term   6,795 50% 16.4%
Total commercial real estate 13,643 100% 32.9%
Home equity credit line 2,086 29% 5.0%
1-4 family residential 3,781 53% 9.1%
Construction and other consumer real estate 599 8% 1.4%
Bankcard and other revolving plans 344 5% 0.8%
Other   342 5% 0.8%
Total consumer 7,152 100% 17.2%
Foreign loans   67 0% 0.2%
FDIC-supported assets  875 2% 2.1%
Total loans   $41,530 100% 100.0%

 A full 1/3 is CRE, with half of that being construction. For those who don't know what that means... See "Who are ya gonna believe, the pundits or your lying eyes?" and "Who are you going to believe, the pundits or your lying eyes, part 2".

Another 17% is consumer with HELOCS (basically unsecured variable debt), residential 1-4 family and construction loans. All told this is 4x their tangible equity, and this is some of the worse lending categories to be in right now. I will expound on other banks, including the extreme risk that JPM and Goldman pose to the system in my next post (or two). In the meantime, here is plenty of related proprietary research and opinion on the banking farce and fake stress test material for any who are interested.

1. Welcome to the Big Bank Bamboozle!
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) I have produced a downloadable PDF which clearly shows exactly how far off the banks and SCAP bank stress tests are from the delinquency and foreclosure information that the Federal government distr Tuesday, 12 May 2009
2. The Real Stress Test Results
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) other private sources. A very big difference from what was proffered through the media:  PNC SCAP Results recast using FDIC and NY Fed data - Retail 2009-05-15 07:30:25 395.18 Kb  P... Friday, 15 May 2009
3. America, You have been outright lied to! Bamboozled! Swindled! Hoodwinked! The Worst Case Scenario
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) ...ntly stating that banks are well capitalized! The table below presents a comparison of the Fed's SCAP (stress test) assumption for cumulative 2 year loss rate and likely two year cumulative e... Monday, 11 May 2009


9. The Re-Release of the Open Source Mortgage Default Model
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) ... errors from a reader, along with suggestions on how he felt the model could be improved. I checked the SCAP Loss Assumptions file that he sent and although there is a difference of approach followed ... Monday, 18 May 2009   11. Green Shoots are Being Fertilized by Brown Turds in the Mortgage Markets
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) ...ings are you referring to?] § WFC Investment No... § WFC Investment No... § PNC SCAP Results ... § PNC SCAP Results ... §'... § Small r... Friday, 10 July 2009
12. Beware of Bank Earnings Propaganda - They are still in BIG trouble!
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) ... you referring to? then take a look at the hard data released by the FDIC and the NY Fed:  Revised SCAP Assumptions Public Open Source Version 1.1 2009-05-18 15:15:47 1.21 Mb) as well as an expla... Monday, 06 July 2009
13. Banker Busted?
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) ... data in my recent posts if you doubt this:'s Realistic Recast of SCAP 2009-05-12 14:52:09 My comments on the NYC condo market which seems to have wrinkled a ... Friday, 05 June 2009  
15. Fact, Fiction, Farce and Lies! What happened to the Bank Bears?
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) ...ears, Wells Fargo's capital would fall short by US$34.3 billion and not US$13.7 billion as shown by the SCAP result (see America, You have been outright lied to! Bamboozled! Swindled! Hoodwinked! The ... Thursday, 13 August 2009   16. PNC plus CRE = Doo Doo hitting the Fan
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) ...d earnings are you referring to?] § WFC Investment No... § WFC Investment No... § PNC SCAP Results ... § PNC SCAP Results ... §'... § Small ret... Tuesday, 28 July 2009
17. Wells Fargo reports in a few hours and I wonder how forthcoming they will be with their credit losse
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) ...d on our assumptions on the bank's loan losses (professional subscribers, please refer to the "SCAP" in the WFC forensic analysis - See WFC Investment Note 22 May 09 - Pro), even under t... Wednesday, 22 July 2009
18. The difference between a professional investor and a professional reporter is...
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) ... have made executives at financial firms with large trading and investment-banking operations eager to escape TARP. Willingness, or inability to do anything about it due to their current situation? ... Thursday, 09 July 2009
19. The two tailed banking crisis
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) ... BoomBustBlog research: § WFC Investment No... § WFC Investment No... § PNC SCAP Results ... § PNC SCAP Results ... §'... § Small r... Sunday, 28 June 2009   28. Reggie Middleton's Goldman Sach's Stress Test: Breaking Ranks with the Crowd Once Again!
(Reggie Middleton's Boom Bust Blog/MyBlog) ...grounded measure of risk adjusted return) of 14.8% for GS among its peer group. Just so this doesn't escape anybody, GS has the lowest risk adjusted return on the Street. Simply analyzing earnings... Monday, 13 April 2009