Research in Action: Banks cash in on rising rates
Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst John Jordan says rising interest rates, large capital reserves, and secular tailwinds are helping to bolster the financials sector despite an uncertain economic outlook.
- Higher interest rates have lifted bank profits. Along with healthy capital reserves built up over the past decade, banks appear well positioned to weather a potential economic slowdown, in our view.
- European banks look particularly attractive given low valuations, while emerging markets banks are benefiting from the rerouting of global supply chains.
- Digital payments, tech-enabled banking solutions, and growing demand for wealth management services are additional sources of growth for the sector.
Director of Research | Portfolio Manager
Portfolio Manager | Research Analyst
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