Remember the legendary tag line from Avis - 'We try harder'. This gave words to the might of the No.2.
Is the credit crunch reversing the league tables in global banking? Consider this -
- Till about 2006 JPMC's market cap was 60% of Citi's. It is the other way round today.
- RBS outbid Barclays to acquire ABN Amro late last year. Last week RBS had to seek GBP20bn of capital from government, while Barclays stated it is comfortable raising the required GBP6.5 bn from the market
- In past there have been many comparisons between UBS and CSFB. In this decade, UBS had clearly left CSFB behind as the worlds largest private bank (In 2005, UBS was 3 times the size of CSFB). Yesterday CSFB could raise SFr10bn from private investors, whereas
UBS had to seek SFr6bn from the Swiss government.
Is this a trend or a coincidence? Why have the stars of the No.2 banks risen in this crisis? Did they try harder? .... or did the No.1 banks in each of these markets get greedy and make bigger bets!