Where do America’s biggest banks make their money?

Most people know the traditional banking model, if only from George Bailey in It’s A Wonderful Life.

In simplified form: A bank takes deposits from savers, and pays them a low interest rate. Then it lends that money out to borrowers at a higher interest rate. The bank’s profits come from the difference between the rates.

 

Charming…but far from the truth for the modern bank. An article from NPR’s Planet Money looked into JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in America, and found they do much more than that.

The two most important ‘extra’ activities are charging fees and the outright investing of their own money. Here is how it breaks down:

  • $48 billion – interest from loans
  • $35 billion – fees
  • $11.5 billion – trading

A little less than half of the bank’s revenue comes from non-traditional banking activities (fees, trading). Not so bad, especially with trading accounting for so little. Remember, one of the root causes of the financial crisis was all the big banks exploding their trading. When the market collapsed so did they, but were “too big to fail” and we had to bail them out.

Suffice it to say that banking with deposits and loans is very hard (George Bailey nearly went under), add in too much trading and banks become very unstable.

 

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Kayak to IPO under the name KYAK, valued at $1 billion

Kayak is expected to start trading tomorrow, after waiting nearly a year for the turbulent IPO waters to subside.

Later this afternoon, Kayak is planning to sell 3.5 million shares at $22 to $25 each, to raise as much as $100 million, according to its latest document filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

But based on strong demand, the company could end up pricing its shares even higher, reports CNBC.

At the top of its current range, the company would be valued at nearly $1 billion.

The online travel company will trade under the ticker symbol KYAK on the Nasdaq exchange.

 

Keep reading: All Things D – Kayak Finally Set to Take the Plunge Into Uncertain Market

 

 

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The Intelligent Investor – by Benjamin Graham – “the best book on investing ever written”

The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham, taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham’s philosophy of “value investing” — which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies — has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.

Over the years, market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham’s strategies. While preserving the integrity of Graham’s original text, this revised edition includes updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today’s market, draws parallels between Graham’s examples and today’s financial headlines, and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham’s principles.

The Intelligent Investor

 

“By far the best book on investing ever written.” – Warren Buffett

The Intelligent Investor – by Benjamin Graham – "the best book on investing ever written"

The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham, taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham’s philosophy of “value investing” — which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies — has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.

Over the years, market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham’s strategies. While preserving the integrity of Graham’s original text, this revised edition includes updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today’s market, draws parallels between Graham’s examples and today’s financial headlines, and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham’s principles.

The Intelligent Investor

 

“By far the best book on investing ever written.” – Warren Buffett

Unknown to most modern-day investors and traders – Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is one of the most important investment books ever written

Like you I dream of investing in the stock market to make money. Not big money but simple 10% returns, year over year.

The trouble is that the market is so complex and confusing. It seems to take an infinite amount of time, research, and knowledge to make it work. To which, I respond, there has to be a book to explain it all to me.

A novel that encapsulates all I need to know into pithy, poignant statements. Offering a way to avoid all the simple mistakes and skip right to the business a making money.

I have found the first book of that kind for any investor, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre.

Reviews:

The most important investment book for today’s investors isn’t on the hottest new trend–it’s a book written over 70 years ago. Originally published in 1923, Reminiscences of a Stock Operator continues to inspire each new generation of investors.

Unknown to most modern-day investors and traders. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator is one of the most important investment books ever written.

Although Reminiscences…was first published some seventy years ago, its take on crowd psychology and market timing is a s timely as last summer’s frenzy on the foreign exchange markets.

After twenty years and many re-reads, Reminiscences is still one of my all-time favorites.

Stock investing is a relatively recent phenomenon and the inventory of true classics is somewhat slim. When asked, people in the know will always list books by Graham, Malkiel, and Fisher. You’ll know you’re getting really good advice if they also mention Reminiscences of a Stock Operator by Edwin Lefèvre.

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