Sequester Bearing Down: Should You Sell Banks?


With the sequester set to kick in March 1 -- today -- across-the-board spending cuts of $85 billion this year and $1.2 trillion over the course of 10 years are certainly going to have an impact on the economy and its ongoing recovery from the financial meltdown of 2008. In this video, Motley Fool financial analysts Matt Koppenheffer and David Hanson tell investors why it isn't just government agencies that are going to be affected by this; banks are going to take a hit as well. Matt tells us how the banking industry will be exposed to the sequester spending cuts, and why he, for one, isn't selling off his banking stock holdings just yet.

One of the biggest banks in the U.S. that is sure to feel some of the impact of the sequester is Bank of America. Bank of America's stock doubled in 2012. Is there more yet to come? With significant challenges still ahead, it's critical to have a solid understanding of this megabank before adding it to your portfolio. In The Motley Fool's premium research report on B of A, analysts Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, and Matt Koppenheffer, Financials bureau chief, lift the veil on the bank's operations, including detailing three reasons to buy and three reasons to sell. Click here now to claim your copy, and as an added bonus, you'll receive a full year of FREE updates and expert guidance as key news breaks.

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David Hanson has no position in any stocks mentioned. Matt Koppenheffer owns shares of Bank of America. The Motley Fool recommends Wells Fargo. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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