Morningstar Rating

Stock Research and Analysis

by Gaston F. Ceron

Bulls Say

City National's expansion of its wealth-management operations should help the company balance out its banking income.
An improving economy will eventually drive interest rates higher while propelling loan growth, helping City National grow its net interest income. Read more 

Bears Say

The California recovery remains fragile and may stall or reverse course, hurting profitability.
Interest rates may remain low for some time, limiting City National's earnings growth.
Competition for the well-heeled customers that City National targets may escalate, which could damage margins and growth prospects. Read more 


In our view, City National's stewardship of shareholder capital is standard. For years, the company was run by a family team at the top, with Bram Goldsmith as chairman and his son, Russell Goldsmith, as CEO. The younger Goldsmith recently took on both   Read more 


Los Angeles-based City National runs a bank catering to small and medium businesses and well-off individuals such as entrepreneurs and professionals, relying on nearly 80   Read more 

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