“I am recommending financials in general. I would just say buy ’em all and it’ll work its way out in the wash,” CIO Jack Ablin tells CNBC.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Dec. 24, 2014.

It’s been a record week of selling for global stock markets, but you won’t have seen many professional investors panic-selling.

Focus on financial

The bulls are out on Wall Street and there’s one sector that’s grabbing the attention of investors right now.

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Determining your risk tolerance—generally defined as the ability to stomach large swings in the value of your investment portfolio—is an important component of investing. And it’s a determination that should never be taken lightly. If the goal is to make sure the money you need is there when you need it, accurately assessing your risk …

Bank earnings: what to watch

Kayla Tausche tells us what investors will be looking for when the big banks post their earnings this week.

2015 outlook: financials

Kayla Tausche tells us her outlook for financials in 2015.

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The U.S. Capitol.

As 2014 wound down, the banking industry received a couple of gifts from regulators. The deadline for complying with one aspect of the Volcker Rule — selling off private equity and hedge fund holdings — was extended to 2017 from 2015, and the swaps push-out rule, better known as the Lincoln Amendment, was repealed. Repealing …

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Jacques Gabillon, head of the global commodities principal investments group at Goldman Sachs looks on as Christopher Wibbelman, president and CEO of Metro International Trade Services, speaks during a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 20, 2014.

At a combative Capitol Hill hearing Thursday over its commodity investing and trading, a Goldman Sachs executive said the firm is in talks with a Russian buyer, among others, about selling its embattled metal warehousing business. During the hearing, where a feisty Sen. Carl Levin grilled Goldman‘s higher-ups over allegations they manipulated metal investment rules …


As the market bounces back, it may be high time for traders to buy portfolio protection. And that’s just what one big options trader did, using the SPDR Financial ETF (which trades under the ticker symbol XLF). In one of Thursday’s biggest trades on that ETF, one options trader bought 25,000 December 21-strike puts for …

Finding value in financials

The financial sector has outperformed the Dow this year, but the same can’t be said for the insurers. Morgan Brennan explains the divergence and how to find value.

Second half outlook: financials

The financial sector has lagged, so what’s expected to happen with the banks in the second half?


Though JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon characterized his throat cancer as “curable,” it’s “not exploitative” to think about his successor, Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, a professor at the Yale School of Management, told CNBC on Wednesday. Read More Jamie Dimon says he has ‘curable’ throat cancer In a note to staff, Dimon said his cancer is believed to …


Bank of America revised its previously announced regulatory capital ratios downward and suspended its share buyback, the company said Monday. The revision was due to an incorrect adjustment related to its 2009 acquisition of Merrill Lynch. Sources told CNBC the errors were discovered in the last few days in the process of preparing the bank’s quarterly …


More than five years after Wells Fargo purchased Wachovia at the height of the financial crisis, one of its key businesses—investment banking—is finally beginning to pay off. Industry league tables— generally treated as scorecards ranking banks based on the number and volume of deals they did—showed the San Francisco-based company creeping into the top 10 …

New bank rules

Regulators approved the Volcker rule, which will bar big banks from using company money to make high-risk investments.