Going into the earnings season, these two big banks have reversed roles: Bank of America, which last year faced concerns about its health, has rallied this year, while Citigroup now confronts doubts.
For the record:
— Temasek dumped its stake in BoA in 2009 when hedgies were buying, losing, it is estimated US$4.6bn;
— GIC is now sitting on paper losses on its remaining stake in Citi (stake was profitable last July, see link below); and
— one LKY said in 2008 that these (and UBS, where GIC still has unrealised losses) were beyond long-term investments. There were 30-year investments.