Regions Financial is a bank in need of a turnaround, and it's certainly priced for one. The bank has struggled in the past because of risky loans it handed out, and the hope now is that it can recover by following a more conservative approach. In this video, Fool.com analyst Anand Chokkavelu tells us why that strategy might not work.

Warren Buffet famously said, "Only when the tide goes out do you discover who's been swimming naked." Regions Financial is undoubtedly a company swimming naked. The bank lacks geographical diversification, with its operations concentrated in the southeast region. Because of the focus on just one region, the company exposes itself to higher risk and more uncertainty, putting all its eggs in one basket.

When the economy tanks, it's the poorly managed banks that are most devastated. With so much of Regions Financial's business depending on such a small subset of the American population, the bank would have a difficult time weathering the storm.


With big finance firms still trading at deep discounts to their historic norms, investors everywhere are wondering if this is the new normal, or whether finance stocks are a screaming buy today. The answer depends on the company, so to help figure out whether Regions Financial is a buy today, I invite you to read our premium research report on the company today. Click here now for instant access!

The article Why the Regions Financial Turnaround Could Fail originally appeared on Fool.com.

Anand Chokkavelu, CFA, owns shares of Bank of America, bac (leaps), and Citigroup. Austin Smith has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Bank of America and Citigroup. 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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