The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discusses topics across the investing world.

Despite a big run up so far in 2012, the banking sector is looking incredibly cheap today. Price to book values are still about one-quarter their historic levels. The nice thing about warrants is that, like an option, they give you the choice to buy a stock at a predetermined price in the future. In the case of Citigroup warrants, that price is $10.61 by Dec. 31, 2018. As a risk-averse investor, I like the idea of paying a small amount of money today to buy higher-priced Citigroup shares in the future. While banking still looks cheap, the sector's balance sheets could still hold share price-destroying land mines in the future.

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