Buffett warns: bank failures aren’t over yet
Legendary investor Warren Buffett believes there may be more bank failures in the future. Therefore, the stock market, particularly the price of the S&P 500, may be in trouble.
“Bank failures are not over,” Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRKb) (NYSE:BRKa) chairman and CEO told CNBC.
“The banks are failing,” Buffett said, though he noted that depositors will not be hurt and need not fear a crisis.
The collapse of SVB Financial Group (OTC: SIVBQ) and Signature Bank (OTC: SBNY) last month, the second and third largest bank failures in U.S. history, respectively, triggered emergency bailouts by regulators who backed deposits from failed lenders and provided additional funding mechanisms for troubled banks, CNBC noted.
“The Oracle of Omaha” notes that among the negative factors for the banks were mismatched assets and liabilities, as well as questionable accounting.
“The accounting procedures have forced some banks to do some things that have contributed a little bit to their current earnings and have caused a recurring temptation to get a little bit more spread on the balance sheets that is a little bit higher than their earnings,” Buffett noted.
Buffett, in fact, argues that a number of banks will continue to do so, putting shareholders of some institutions at risk.
However, Buffett also admits that there is unnecessary fear and panic among depositors, who are afraid of losing their money when the system is set up to protect deposits all over the country (we are talking about the United States).
The billionaire stressed the importance of banks maintaining customer confidence.
Buffett came to the rescue of Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) by injecting $5 billion in cash after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. In 2011, Buffett poured $5 billion into then troubled Bank of America (NYSE: BAC), CNBC noted.
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Goldman Sachs to start trading Japan power futures
Goldman Sachs Group (NYSE:GS) plans to establish a desk in Tokyo to start trading Japanese power derivatives, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Wednesday.
More foreign energy companies and banks are seeking access to the Japanese power market, which was launched in 2016 in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, spurring trade activity by generators, consumers, and distributors.
An interest in trading rose amid growing liquidity in Japan’s power futures markets as the volatility of electricity prices surged following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The power crisis heightened the need for hedging among power suppliers and buyers, according to the sources.
Goldman Sachs has hired some traders in Tokyo, the sources said, requesting anonymity as the matter is still confidential.
A spokesperson for Goldman Sachs declined to comment.
Cathie Wood buys the dip in Coinbase shares amid SEC crackdown
“We allege that Coinbase, despite being subject to the securities laws, commingled and unlawfully offered exchange, broker-dealer, and clearinghouse functions,” SEC Chair Gary Gensler said in a press release.Coinbase shares settled 12% lower on Tuesday, their second session of steep losses this week following a 9% tumble on Monday, after the SEC also sued world no. 1 crypto exchange Binance over similar charges.But Coinbase shares rose 2% in aftermarket trading, boosted by news of the Ark buy.Cathie Wood has repeatedly expressed confidence in Coinbase and the broader crypto industry, and has cited a $1 million long-term price target for Bitcoin on the belief that it is an effective inflation hedge.Coinbase holds the fifth-largest weightage in Ark’s flagship Innovation ETF, with the fund having consistently accumulated the stock since its listing in 2021. But Coinbase has seen a sharp decline in value from 2021 highs, hitting record lows earlier this year as interest in crypto markets rapidly dried up amid rising U.S. lending rates.The company has also struggled to remain profitable amid multiple failed ventures, regulatory hiccups, and mounting operational costs, especially as low crypto trading volumes hurt its transaction margins, which are a key source of revenue.Bitcoin prices showed little reaction to the SEC move against Coinbase, rising 4% on Wednesday. But the world’s largest cryptocurrency was nursing steep losses through May, as trading volumes sank.
Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.82%
Japan stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Banking, Transportation Equipment and Power sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.82%.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (TYO:7012), which rose 4.35% or 146.00 points to trade at 3,500.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Tokuyama Corp. (TYO:4043) added 3.78% or 84.50 points to end at 2,321.00 and SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings Inc. (TYO:9412) was up 2.20% or 12.00 points to 557.00 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (TYO:4507), which fell 4.43% or 283.00 points to trade at 6,100.00 at the close. Daikin Industries, Ltd. (TYO:6367) declined 4.40% or 1,300.00 points to end at 28,240.00 and Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TYO:8035) was down 4.18% or 820.00 points to 18,815.00.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2255 to 1305 and 270 ended unchanged.
Shares in Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (TYO:7012) rose to 5-year highs; rising 4.35% or 146.00 to 3,500.00. Shares in Tokuyama Corp. (TYO:4043) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 3.78% or 84.50 to 2,321.00.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.03% to 21.15.
Crude oil for July delivery was down 0.84% or 0.60 to $71.14 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 0.79% or 0.60 to hit $75.69 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.42% or 8.30 to trade at $1,973.20 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was down 0.20% to 139.36, while EUR/JPY fell 0.33% to 148.83.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.09% at 104.17.
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