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CNA: US Banking Giants Optimistic Amid Nasdaq Drop, Market Resilience in Question

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US banking giants express optimism for the year ahead despite warning of potential risks to the economic recovery. Sachs reports a 51% increase in earnings, driven by strong performance in asset and wealth management. However, Morgan Stanley’s net income falls over 30% due to charges, reflecting a mixed performance in the banking sector. The market sell-off is attributed to concerns about the resilience of US markets, potential volatility in the coming months, and uncertainty surrounding the upcoming presidential election and US fiscal spending.

Additionally, Wall Street is affected by the mixed reports from Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley weighing on market sentiment.

The show also discusses the upcoming reports from middle regional banks to gauge the performance of commercial lending, consumer activity, and the overall tone for corporate finance and insurance in the next quarter. Overall, market sentiment remains cautious due to uncertainties surrounding economic indicators, the upcoming election, and fiscal spending in the US.

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US banking giants are finally calling the bottom, signaling a deal making comeback in the coming months. Executives of two major lenders expressed optimism for the year ahead as they reported fourth quarter earnings. But they also warned of risks that could disrupt the economic recovery. And Goldman Sachs stuck the landing after tumultuous year for the bank. Its earnings jumped 51% in the fourth quarter from a year ago. A strong performance from its asset and wealth management business supported the profit boost, offsetting weaker investment banking, and its shares ended up about seven tenths of a percent. Meantime, Morgan Stanley also topped revenue estimates on an investment banking rebound. But the net income fell more than 30% due to one of charges, pushing its shares lower by more than 4% there. Now it is the first scorecard under new CEO Ted pick, who warned of two major downside risks, including concerns around geopolitics and the health of the US economy. Those bank earnings results posing one of the biggest drags on Wall street, pushing all three major indices lower overnight. Now the S&P 500 had been trading near its all time closing peak, reached in 2022 over the past several sessions, but it is now down about 1% from that record high.


Meantime, the tech heavy Nasdaq shed about two tenths of a percent. Boeing was the biggest loser in the Dow, shedding about 8%. The plane maker has yet to regain investor confidence after us aviation regulators extended the grounding of its seven three seven max nine jets indefinitely for new safety checks. Spirit Airlines, though, losing more altitude over a blocked acquisition deal. A federal judge ruled against JetBlue’s nearly $4 billion takeover proposal of spirit airlines over antitrust issues. And as equities tumbled, US treasury yields rose with the dollar amid easing rate cut expectations. Yields on benchmark tenure notes are back above 4%. Again on hawkish remarks from Fed governor Christopher Waller. Tony Nash, founder and CEO at Complete Intelligence, joins us for more now. Tony, we’re looking at Wall Street’s sell off accelerating. We’re hearing at the that, you know, markets may have gotten ahead of themselves regarding how deep and how fast those policy rate cuts could be. Your take on that and how we can expect markets to move?

Tony Nash

Sure, the problem with us markets right now is that they’re priced for perfection. So if anything goes wrong, if the Fed signals an overly hawkish message or an overly dovish message, or say, a government macroeconomic data print comes out that isn’t perfect, or if company earnings don’t come out that aren’t perfect, then we can really see some wobbles in us markets. So I’m not really sure about the resilience of markets here. I think what we’ve been telling our customers is you’re going to see some intramonth volatility for the next few months until investors become confident in the direction of the Fed.


At the same time, this year is a pretty big one. For the US. It is election year. How much of this of lack last step performance is actually due to this? S&P 500 historically performs well in an election year, but it typically sees a slower start first, or is this just part of what is usually happening?

Tony Nash

Yeah, a lot of this really depends on Janet Yellen, the treasury secretary. If she can sell enough bonds to have cash to spend money from the US government, then we can really see markets rally pretty hard. But if Yellen can’t get the authority and can’t sell the bonds necessary to do that, then the US fiscal spending will be problematic. We also have a budget that’s going through in the US and a tentative budget agreement. If the Republicans halt that agreement and make more fiscal spending cut demands, then that could weigh on the US economy as well. Yes, traditionally markets do well in a presidential year, but I think there’s a little bit uncertainty around the election. And people, I think people are a little bit hesitant to spend partly because they’re a little bit loaded up on debt or a lot loaded up on debt. And we’ve seen a really robust 22 and 23. And so really people are wondering how far can we push this in 2024?


Indeed, dampening sentiment there. Big bank earnings. We’ve got Goldman and Morgan did the latest two report appears to be quite a mixed bag, but mostly not so great this quarter. And that’s weighed on Wall street as well. How do you read the latest earnings report? Are we talking bad debt, the lingering effects of high for longer rates? And what does it tell you about the consumer?

Tony Nash

Yeah, I think that what we’re really waiting for is some of these middle regional banks to see how they report because we’ll know how, say, commercial lending is doing and how commercial real estate lending and how consumers are doing. It’ll be much more evident as we see these regional and mid sized banks report. The larger banks, they’ll be fine. They are fine. They know how to manage and trade off the different lines of business that they have. It really is the mid sized banks that we’re waiting on and that will set the tone for a lot of the corporate finance and banking and insurance for the next quarter.


All right, Tony, appreciate time this morning. Tony Nash, founder and CEO at Complete Intelligence.


Biden administration backs lifting vaccine patent protections

Our CEO Tony Nash recently guested at the BBC Business Matters to share his thoughts on the lifting of the vaccine patent protections to help in manufacturing more vaccines faster. Is that fair specially in this time of need? Also discussed are the special case of Facebook and Twitter’s suspension of Donald Trump’s social media accounts, college football, and the growing industry of recycled furniture.


This podcast was published on May 6, 2021 and the original source can be found at



BBC Business Matters Description:


The US government has backed a temporary suspension of intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines in a move likely to enrage the pharmaceutical industry, which strongly opposes a so-called waiver. Shares of the major coronavirus vaccine companies were hit by the announcement but is it just an empty gesture? We speak to Jorge Contreras, Chair of the Open Covid Pledge, a group that is lobbying organisations to share their patents and copyrights in relation to vaccine efforts. We also hear from Thomas Cueni, of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations. And there’s no status update for Donald Trump anytime soon; Facebook decides to uphold it’s ban of the former US president. We speak to Issie Lapowsky, Senior Reporter at tech site Protocol. Also in the programme, college sports in the United States are a big business, but the athletes taking part have typically been compensated through scholarships rather than salaries. But could that change? The BBC’s Will Bain reports. Plus, the Swedish furniture retailer Ikea has launched a scheme in the UK to buy unwanted furniture back from its customers, in a bid to save items from going to landfill. Hege Saebjornsen is the company’s sustainability manager for the UK and Ireland explains how it works. And we’re joined throughout the programme by Tony Nash, chief economist at Complete Intelligence in Texas and the writer, Rachel Cartland in Hong Kong.


Show Notes


VS: Tony, do you think, people in Texas will be as upbeat as George, our first speaker?


TN: Yeah, absolutely, I think people here are pretty happy about that. A couple of weeks ago, there was an uproar in India over Americans not sharing vaccines with India. Houston has a very large Indian community. And so we were very supportive of everything that could be done to help get vaccine components and vaccine intellectual property to India. So this is a positive development in every way.


VS: And so in terms of an anxiety of giving vaccines away before the population is fully inoculated, does that not exist in your experience?


TN: I don’t think so. There’s plenty of capacity, at least in Texas, if you want a vaccine today, you can sign up to get it. So it’s not really an issue here. I think India has the manufacturing capacity and the know how to do very good vaccines in India. So once the licensing is clear and the components are there, they can manufacture for India and for many parts of Asia, Middle East and Africa.


VS: Tony, what does this actually mean for Donald Trump? He’s not allowed to use social media at the moment.


TN: There are other social media channels, but I think it’s bigger than that. I think the real issue here is around what’s called section 230 in the U.S. government, which allows websites to not be considered publishers. And under Section 230, they are supposed to provide unrestricted access to posting content unless it’s a rules based system. This is clearly a personal deal. Whether you like Trump or not, this is this is making special rules for an individual. I think the bigger issue is around whether Facebook and Twitter and the other social platforms are abiding by Section 230 or whether they should be considered publishers. The BBC is a publisher there and certain things that the BBC has to adhere to that Facebook doesn’t. And so if Facebook was a publisher, they would have to adhere to the rules that the BBC abides by. So if they’re going to restrict postings like this, they should be a publisher. Otherwise, they need to have rules that they enforced regardless of the individual, regardless of the political party, regardless of the country someone from. I think they need to be applied consistently.


VS: So this idea of this board is a way of sort of perhaps circumventing that.


TN: But nobody does. I mean, nobody if you ask anybody in America, nobody actually believes this is an unbiased board. It’s just a fallacy so…


VS: Wide ranging from all around the world, different types of backgrounds. So you can kind of argue that they are a mixed background with lots of different worldviews.


TN: I run an artificial intelligence company. Nobody in the technology community, hand on heart. I actually believe this is an unbiased view. I’m sorry. It’s just not true. And it’s a big pretend game to act like this is unbiased. I’m not on Trump’s side here necessarily. But if you’re going to make rules personal, that really companies lose credibility as a result of that. And all I’m saying is that Facebook should be considered a publisher and they should abide by the rules that publishers like the BBC abide by.


VS: I’m sure it’s not going to last that we’re going to hear from this issue. And for those of us outside the United States, we don’t understand the significance of college football in everyday American life. Tony, you’re in Texas. Can you paint us a picture of that?


TN: Yeah, so college football is not professional and it’s kind of professionalizing, but by professional, I mean paid, right. So this California bill starts to professionalize college football. I think part of the problem with that step is that we have students who come out of high school effectively 17 or 18 year olds who have really raw talent. They’re not necessarily trained to play professionally. They typically spend time with high caliber coaches in universities to develop their skills in their craft over three to four years. Many of them go out early to try to go pro, but it’s over three to four years and then they’ll go into the professional leagues and make money.


So there is a very large investment that universities are making into those athletes. And what happens at the university level is,  when students come to a university, they do get a scholarship. The athletic dorms are not normal dorms. They are first class dorms. The food they eat is first class food. I’ve been in their cafeterias. It’s amazing. So they are not treated like normal students. So they do get a lot of advantages above a scholarship, but there’s this huge investment in their skill. And so, the other side of this is if students want to get paid when they leave high school, they’re welcome to try to go pro after their senior year in high school when they’re 18 years old.


And so if there’s a problem with them getting paid, they’re welcome to to try to join the draft and go through that process. They can do it at any time. They could go pro at 18 years old. I doubt many of them, if any of them, at least in football, would would qualify, would get drafted by a team.


VS: As you say and say presumably then, sports is encouraged at quite a young age, given how lucrative it can can be.


TN: Sure. And so they can try to do that, LeBron James actually went into the NBA out of high school, he never went to university. So there are kind of phenoms who can do that and, more power to those guys. They’re welcome to do it. But university, so the school where I went, where I did my undergrad is Texas A&M University. It has the largest revenue sports program of any university in the United States, very large. But the facilities that Texas A&M has for their student athletes are amazing. They rival any pro facility. And so what’s happened over probably the past 20 years, I would say, is a dramatic kind of upskilling and a dramatic improvement of not just the facilities, but the coaches.


And so there are coaches who go from college level to pro and back because the skills that they impart on the students are are amazing. So, the path to getting paid for your sport is one that is always there. They can always go pro straight out of high school. LeBron James did it, other athletes to it. But it’s a very, very, extremely rare process, I think, paying student athletes. Part of the reason I like college football, I prefer college football to pro because you root for a team in college football, you don’t root for an individual in pro football, really. It’s rooting for individuals. And it’s not really a team sport as much as it is at the college level. So I think a lot would change. I really do think a lot would change.


VS: When we heard that about Rachel’s lockdown project. Lack of. And are you cycling anything?


TN: Always, you know, so we just moved back to the U.S. about three years ago, so we’re not recycling much, but when we lived in Asia, we would regularly recycle as my kids grew up, as we worked through furniture, we would regularly, regularly recycle in Singapore.


There’s a guy named the current goony man in every neighborhood who would come and take your recycled materials. And so we would work with with him and he would donate it or something like that. So, you know, every community has its own way of dealing with these things.


VS: Do you sell on furniture that you don’t know because of these websites these days? You can do that well now.


TN: We do that as well. And it’s pretty common. I mean, there are loads of websites where we can do that. So it’s pretty common. We don’t really throw away much big stuff there. We had my son, my son’s bunk bed here. We just sold it on one of those sites about six months ago. So, yes, it’s very common.


VS: Costly to these sites around. Don’t say I wonder if if a company or a retailer decides that they’re going to buy back things. They’ve actually got quite a bit of competition, haven’t they?


TN: Yeah, I mean, I think they’ve probably done that calculation, it’s a pretty crowded market, so, you know, people will dispose of it in a pretty economic way and make money where they can. So I don’t know that everything will be coming back to them.


That’s probably just a small, small fraction that will actually.


VS: Thank you very much, Rachel and Tony, for joining me today.



Signs of Broader Recovery

Tony Nash joins BFM 89.9 The Business Station to discuss possible broader recovery. Where are the markets heading? In which direction will U.S. equities likely trade for the rest of the month? How much will that impact the ongoing debate on further fiscal stimulus? And how about the US unemployment data and is China on the recovery path?


This podcast first appeared and originally published at on October 1, 2020.

BFM Description


US jobs data will be released tomorrow but are we expecting better numbers? Tony Nash, CEO of Complete Intelligence sees a stronger pace of recovery for the US economy with improving macroeconomic data. He however does not expect a recovery in oil prices as demand remains weak while there are no supply shocks.


Produced by: Mike Gong


Presented by: Wong Shou Ning, Roshan Kanesan


Show Notes



WSN: But the question is where our markets are heading? So to help us answer that question, we have on the line with us Tony Nash, CEO of Complete Intelligence. Good morning, Tony. Now the question, in which direction will U.S. equities likely trade for the rest of the month? Is risk aversion making a comeback to financial markets given the political and economic uncertainties?


TN: We expected a down month in September and that’s what we got. We’re also looking for a pretty difficult month in October, not quite as far down as September has been. But I think you’re right on the uncertainty side, one of the big unknowns is stimulus coming out of the US government. And obviously that would help move markets in other countries as well.


We should know by the end of this week if there will be more stimulus or the magnitude of that stimulus coming out of the U.S. So the real question around whether things will rally or fall is when the US will open up and when other countries will kind of fully open up, not partially open up. We look at, you know, Europe’s doing pretty well actually in opening up. Asia is doing pretty well. The U.S. is still kind of a patchwork.


So we won’t really know the near-term direction. But I guess I think over the next month we’re looking at at a bit of a fall.


WSN: And meanwhile, the Fed is extending the dividend by that limit with Wall Street banks till 2021. The announcement came out last night. So what does it tell us about the finance sector?


TN: We’ve been expecting a rotation into financials for some time, and that tells us that if dividends and buybacks are limited, those banks, obviously there’s a risk factor there, meaning that the regulators want those banks to hold on to their cash. But it also means that that the regulators also aren’t sure about when things will be back to normal. So that conservative approach forcing banks to hold on to their liquidity tells us that there’s not a lot of confidence in the next quarter or two. So we’ll really have to see the pace of recovery here in the U.S..


WSN: And Tony, just one more question on the U.S. and that’s the job data that’s coming out later today. Right? So there is out on Friday and it’s going to be the last one before elections. Are you expecting a good number? And how much will that impact the ongoing debate on further fiscal stimulus?


TN: You know, we do expect it to be a good number, the ADP number was out today and it kind of usually comes before the U.S. government’s non-farm payrolls number. The labor number. It was 750000 jobs added. That was one hundred or more thousand greater than was expected. Now, the U.S. Labor Department typically is higher than ADP. We expect the Department of Labor report on Friday to be about 900,000. So this is really good. Companies are coming back online. They’re employing there are fewer people out of work. That’s good for the recovery.


We keep hearing hesitation about the pace of recovery. We’re not sure of the pace. But from an employment perspective and even things like retail sales, the indications are good. So, you know, we’re hoping for the best. And unemployment is telling us that things are moving in the right direction.


WSN: And if you look at the recent EPA and EIA inventory reports are telling us that all demand tells us about the oil demand projections for the rest of the year. So what do you think? Do you think recovery’s a long way off?


TN: We do, actually. So production is up about 15 percent or so. Demand is still down 20 to 30 percent. So, you know, it’s not a good pricing environment for crude or for petrol. Downward pressure will still remain in those markets. We won’t see, say, Brent, north of 50 for some time. We won’t see WTI north of 45 for some time. There is a possibility we keep hearing we’ve heard for months about the possibility of a supply shock as demand comes back, which would push prices up. We’re just not seeing that at this point. And it’s going to be several months. If that does happen, it’ll be several months before it happens.


WSN: And one last question on China. The manufacturing PMI for September came in at 51.5 higher than market forecast. How much should investors consider a place in this figure? Does this number suggest that China is well and truly on the recovery path?


TN: I would be really careful of I’m looking at a China PMI. I’m aware of PMI generally, but I’d be I’d be careful of the China PMI. I haven’t believed it well, for years, if it really is ever, partly because it’s a kind of a second derivative of real data. It’s an opinion survey of future expectations and it’s an index of that opinion survey.


I know that sounds confusing, but you’re really far away from real data when you’re looking at a PMI number. And with China, the uncertainty and murkiness around Chinese economic data is something to be careful of.


So I would say if I’m investing in China, if I’m looking at data in China, the stuff that I’ve always found more important was first-hand information. What’s actually happening on the ground with your vendors, what’s actually happening in cities on the ground?


I’m not saying that China is suffering. I’m not saying China’s experience a massive pullback. I’m just not sure about the rate of recovery in China.


WSN: All right. Thank you for your time. That was Tony Nash, CEO of Complete Intelligence, giving us a somewhat optimistic view of the U.S. economy, saying that all the indicators are that recovery is their unemployment numbers should improve.