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6 May 2024

JPMorgan Unveils IndexGPT in Next Wall Street Bid to Tap AI Boom.

The bank is creating thematic investment baskets using GPT-4 model. Trademark for name was filed last year, stirring speculation A year after a wave of speculation broke out over its application to trademark the word “IndexGPT” in connection to an unspecified artificial intelligence-powered tool, JPMorgan Chase & Co. is finally unveiling the product that will bear the name. IndexGPT is a new range of thematic investment baskets created with the help of OpenAI’s GPT-4 model. The tool generates a list of keywords associated with a theme, which are then fed into a separate natural language processing model that scans news articles to identify companies involved in the space. In essence, it’s a largely automated way to create so-called thematic indexes, which identify investments based on emerging trends — think cloud computing, e-sports or cybersecurity — rather than on traditional industry sectors or company fundamentals. Source: Yahoo Finance, Bloomberg

2 May 2024

16 years of Mastercard vs Visa.

Both $MA (21.6%) and $V (20.9%) have remarkable CAGRs over that period. They have been pretty correlated throughout the period, taking over the world in unison. Source: Bloomberg, KoyfinCharts

29 Apr 2024

European banks are apparently doing brilliant business in Russia…

In 2023, they paid 4 times more taxes to the Russian state than they did before the war in Ukraine... According to the FT, Deutsche Bank has increased its profits in Russia from €26mln before the war to €40mln in 2023, while Commerzbank has more than tripled its profits to €51mln. The German state holds a 15.8% stake in Commerzbank. Italian and Austrian banks are doing a killing as well… Western lenders have benefited from the imposition of sanctions on most of the Russian financial sector, which has denied access to the Swift international interbank payment system. That made international banks a financial lifeline between Moscow and the West. Source: FT, HolgerZ

16 Apr 2024

US credit card delinquency rates are now at their highest on record, according to the Philadelphia Fed.

In Q4 2023, more credit card balances were 30+ and 60+ days past due compared to any other period in history. The percentage of credit card balances at least 30 days past due is now ~3.5%. Meanwhile, total credit card debt has skyrocketed in recent months and is now at a record $1.3 trillion. The average credit card interest rate is also at record 28%, according to Forbes. Source: The Kobeissi Letter

11 Apr 2024

The largest US banks are set to earn higher profits than expected this year

As the Federal Reserve looks likely to make only modest cuts to benchmark interest rates. Source: FT

9 Apr 2024

Credit card Rates Keep Climbing to Reach Unprecedented Levels

Source: Bloomberg

5 Apr 2024

Just as everyone forgot, banks continue to carry alarming amount of unrealized losses.

In Q4 2023, unrealized losses on investment securities for banks hit $478 BILLION. This compares to over $100 billion of unrealized GAINS seen in 2020 when the Fed started cutting interest rates. Meanwhile, the Bank Term Funding Program has officially expired. This was the emergency loan program established during the regional bank crisis. Who will step in now? Source: The Kobeissi Letter

18 Mar 2024

us bank deposits have stabilized and risen since the 2023 banking panic, showing that confidence is slowly returning.

Source: BofA, Markets & Mayhem

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