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A Case For Investing In Smaller Banks

A Case For Investing In Smaller Banks
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Nate Tobik likes to think small -- when it comes to banks.

“I like the regional banks over the large banks,” he said.

Tobik is an investor and the founder of He recently joined Benzinga’s #PreMarket Prep to talk about why he thinks there is more opportunity in retail banks than in banking giants like JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co.

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Tobik explained that there is a Federal rule on how much deposit market share a bank can have in any specific market.

“The Federal Reserve and the [Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation] look at each metropolitan market area, and they have this concentration index that they use,” he said. “So a bank can’t have more than a specific score per area.”

This is why no single bank is allowed to dominate any specific market.

But Tobak said this is also exactly why smaller banks like PNC Financial Services Group Inc (NYSE: PNC) and Fifth Third Bancorp (NASDAQ: FITB) can grow more than larger banks. He explained that those smaller banks are taking advantage of the market, but aren’t bumping up against the Federal rules.

“So they can grow by acquisition in markets where they don’t have significant presence and that’s something that -- you’re not going to see Bank of America taking on a meaningful acquisition at any point soon,” he said. “Whereas, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fifth-Third or PNC acquiring some smaller banks at some point.”

He also talked about Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE: GS) and bank stress tests.

Check out his full interview here:

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