Knight Vinke Asset Management, an activist investor based in the US, has released its view of HSBC's 2007 financial results that were issued earlier this week. Knight Vinke has been a critic of HSBC's management since September 2007, condemning the bank for its ôstrategy of seeking earnings diversification above all elseö.
Knight Vinke continues to argue that businesses like HSBC's operations in France lack critical mass and scale, while its US subprime business has no strategic fit with the rest of the bank. The asset manager also contends that a preoccupation with some of these markets has caused HSBC to neglect its comparative advantage in Asia and emerging markets.
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