Should You Be Buying Financials?

The banking sector took a hammering during the credit crisis - but now some stocks look attractive again according to analysts

Emma Wall 6 August, 2013 | 11:05AM
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Once the cornerstone of any income portfolio, financial stocks tumbled from favour during the global recession.

Banks could no longer be relied upon to pay regular dividends, depleting the pot for those reliant on yield. But over the past five years due diligence, government bailouts and more stringent operating guidelines have meant banks are returning to the dividend table. 

Investors should be aware they may have missed the first bounce back however. That happened in 2012, when Barclays share price bounced 31% and hedge fund manager Crispin Odey - among others - reaped the rewards.

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Securities Mentioned in Article

Security NamePriceChange (%)Morningstar
Barclays PLC198.86 GBX1.00Rating
Lloyds Banking Group PLC48.73 GBX0.84Rating
NatWest Group PLC230.30 GBX0.79Rating

About Author

Emma Wall  is former Senior International Editor for Morningstar