The Wipeout Ratio

A simple calculation comparing major banks’ derivatives positions to their assets and capital shows how little it would take to wipe out either.  The first ratio is the multiple that derivatives represent of Tier 1 capital.  The second shows the miniscule percentage decline in the value of derivatives portfolio it would take to completely wipe … continue reading →

What Do Bankers Dream Of?

When Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf sleeps, he dreams — like all good bankers — about numbers.  He probably doesn’t dream about the number 600 — the number of foreclosure packages signed each day by his robosigners.  He probably doesn’t dream about 14,420 — the number of conveyance claims fraudulently submitted to HUD in exchange … continue reading →