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<<All of the stock data sites have very high debt to equity ratios for BLX, something approaching 275%. I know that banks don't fit well into the same models that work for 'bricks and mortar' companies>>

This isn't something to worry about. The bank's Tier 1 equity ratio is almost 25% which is ridiculously high for a bank and it is trading below book value, which provides a pretty nice margin of safety, especially for a bank with such short-term loans.

The leverage (assets/equity) is under 6x, again good for a bank. Management is looking to increase this as trade activity picks up, but it shouldn't be a problem given the conservative nature of the business.
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