Here's the latest from our 'apolitical' Highly-placed Professional.
The Wall Street Journal reported last week that US regulator The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is 'pushing' for a management shake-up over at Citi, and that CEO Vikram Pandit's head is back firmly on the block.
The story of 'Amazing Grace', the former Lehman Brothers fixed income salesperson, who turned to lap dancing to support herself, has captured the imagination of our readers.
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Here is another of those 'you couldn't make it up' stories.
The Wall Street Journal reports that a former Credit Suisse banker, charged with investing client funds in subprime mortgages linked to auction-rate securities without their permission, has not been seen in the US since May 9th, when he violated his bail conditions by leaving his New York home.
Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis is due back before a US congressional committee this week. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is looking into Bank of America's acquistion of Merrill Lynch, and seeks Ken's input.
Canada's Globe & Mail has reported that TD Securities has suspended four staff who are alleged to have improperly passed on rumors about a stock to clients.
The Financial Times reports that BBVA, Spain's second-largest bank, is offering most of its 30,000 staff the opportunity to take 5 years off to spend more time with their families or become involved in other 'professional projects'. And anyone taking the bank up on its generous offer will be paid 30% of his or her salary, and will be guaranteed a job when they eventually return to the office.
The Financial Times reports that International Petroleum Investment Corporation (IPIC), the Abu Dhabi royal family's investment vehicle, is to sell its $6.8bn stake in Barclays Bank. The bank's shares have effectively doubled in the 7 months since the investment vehicle took its stake, although the stock is thought to have been placed for sale at a discount to the current market price. Even allowing for this, IPIC is thought likely to make some $2.3bn on its $3.3bn initial investment.
Including the email from a former JPMorgan Market Risk executive who dismissed initial loss estimates from the infamous 'London Whale' trades as 'garbage'.
No end in sight.
Twitter, which now has over 200 million users, turns 7 years old on Thursday. To celebrate, we thought we'd share seven facts about the micro-blogging site that most people don't know. Did someone say Larry Bird?