Some sane commentary:
Any “investors” who were surprised by Noonan’s comment really ought not to be managing their own money.
There has been much commentary on the price and lack of free float in the mainstream financial media.
e.g. from over a year ago
Probably the same sort of investors who filled their boots with property in 2007.
It’s impossible to short the stock. Has been for several years. You also can’t buy a put on it (to my knowledge - or at least anyone willing to sell you a put would charge an astronomical premium). If you could short it, the stock would be trading much closer to fair value.
Followed by some insane commentary at the bottom. God help me, but some people deserve to be separated from their money:
Maybe he’d be interested in a share of an apartment in Mountjoy Square too? After losing €6k he should cannily diversify his investments.
Would it surprise you to hear that he’s a landlord?
AIB branches to be sold on at a loss.
What are the chances AIB will exercise their break options.
I understand why banks wanted to have a street presence in the past with big impressive facades to give the impression of solidity but Irish Banks have been exposed for what they are and no amount of cut stone columns and high windows can compensate for that which brings me to thinking that these buildings along with Churches will make quiet nice pubs, restuarants and clubs in coming decades.
Temples of worship to Money and sky fairies will be retasked.
As pointed out on askaboutmoney, IG are now allowing short selling of AIB shares via spread betting.
Even Noonan says AIB is overvalued. Perhaps, there is profit to be made with a short trade with a long dated expiry date.
That’s not right. While it may look like you can short AIB on IG, they won’t allow you to because the shares are “unborrowable”.
it’s spread betting - there’s no requirement to “borrow” the underlying
More financially illiterate journalism from arts graduates. The losses in Ulster bank are already well over provisioned and on the balance sheet and written of on the P&L.
But IG have made it a requirement for that specific stock (and dozens of others). If you try to go short AIB with IG they will reject your trade, giving the reason that it is “unborrowable”.
Government raises value of AIB stake to €13.3bn
Duffy quits. Salary cap obviously starting to grate.
salary cap or knowing that so many on lower grades in AIB get paid near as much as you.
1 in 10 of the employees are on over 100,000.
Seems a bit top heavy if that is the case especially as it is primarily a retail bank not an investment bank but I don’t claim to know much about banking.
How many of those big earners are doing the trudge of repo’ing non-performing mortgages. They could easily justify their salaries if they were repo’d properties.
Take home pay of somebody earning €100k in AIB is €4,500 (approx) per month. Someone running the show gets €20,500 per month. As such I don’t believe he was really worried about about how well some young high fliers were doing
IIRC his new salary will increase his take-home pay to approx €60k per month.
IG want to be able to hedge the position - if they can’t borrow the share to short it, they can’t hedge your bet
Obviously but a lot of spreadbetters don’t bother hedging because most punters invariable lose their money eventually anyway…