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Jacob Wolinsky
Jacob Wolinsky
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Ira Sohn Conference: Michael Price on Goldman and Other Banking Stocks

May 25, 2011 | About:

Michael F. Price is the president and managing partner at MFP Investors LLC. He is the president of The Price Family Foundation Inc. Price was the chief executive officer, president, and chairman at Franklin Mutual Advisers from 1986 until Nov. 1, 1998. He is a member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Price also serves on various boards of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Foundation, Johns Hopkins and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is a Director of Liquidnet Holdings. In 1999, the University of Oklahoma honored him with a doctor of humane letter. Price earned his Bachelor of Arts/Science in 1973 from the University of Oklahoma.

Before introducing the winner of the stock contest; Michael Price spoke a bit about the banking sector and other stocks he is bullish on.

We like some of the big banks like Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), based on the sum of the parts valuation; it should be $100 more than it is currently trading at. Goldman has a tremendous business; they are not trying to rip people off. They make money by underwriting things and advising people. They have a great track record of doing that. There are bad apples in the industry, but most of the firms who were unethical are no longer in business.

We think the concerns regarding both Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Citigroup (NYSE:C) are both overdone. Even though they trade below TBV, they don’t even need more capital. This reminds me of Chase in 1994. The book value was $42. The stock was trading at $30 and it went up to $120. The scenario is very similar to Bank of America and Citigroup today.

Even though we had a big rally, there is still great risk-reward, especially in financials.

Banks are looking to buy consumer loan businesses. We like ITT Corporation (ITT) with the coming spinoff, JCP-RE play. The weak dollar is great for America.

The increasing amounts of mergers. Low interest rates are all a good sign, and I am overall bullish on market.

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Jacob Wolinsky
My investment ideas have been inspired by many of value investors including Benjamin Graham, Charles Royce, John Neff, Joel Greenblatt, Peter Lynch, Seth Klarman,Martin Whitman and Bruce Greenwald. .I live with my wife and daughter in Monsey, NY. I can be contacted jacobwolinsky(AT)gmail.com and my blog is www.valuewalk.com

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