Money & Politics with Larry Kudlow

US Banks Benefiting From European Crisis: Dick Bove

Fears over the European debt crisis sent the market lower Monday, with financial stocks leading the way, but Rochdale Securities' Dick Bove told Larry Kudlow what’s happening in the euro zone is actually helping banks.

Dick Bove

“The irony of what’s going on right now is that the banks are benefiting at the moment from what’s going on in Europe,” he said. “The European banks are selling American assets to American banks at discounted prices which is creating a benefit for the American banks.”

The fact of the matter is banking companies are in pretty good shape, Bove noted.

You may not know that from looking at the stock action Monday, with names like JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America both down over two percent.

U.S. banks, however, are flush with cash and therefore there should be no fears over funding issues, Bove said. In fact, he thinks they are overcapitalized.

“If you take all the numbers going back 75 years to when the FDIC was first created,” he said, “we’ve never had this high a level of capital plus reserves as a percentage of assets in the banking industry, ever.”

Plus, deposits are pouring in because when people are afraid of what’s happening in the market, they put their money in the bank.

“The banks have too much liquidity right now, too much capital right now,” he said. “There is no funding issue.”

What banks are Bove’s picks?

He likes JP Morgan Chase, U.S. Bancorp, Morgan Stanley .

Questions? Comments, send your emails to: with wires.