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Top Firm Said Mulling Splitting Up The Empire

The Financial Times reports that, despite receiving a $4.4bn bid from private equity firm CVC Partners for its iShares unit, Barclays could end up selling the whole of its Barclays Global investors business to either Bank of New York Mellon or BlackRock.

Top Firm Fined Over $120m Rogue Trader

Unhappy Trader

Morgan Stanley has been fined $2.1m by UK financial market regulator The Financial Services Authority (FSA), after London-based credit trader Matthew Piper was found to have mispriced his trading book and successfully hid losses for a period of up to 6 months. The firm evenutally repriced his positions by some $120m.

'Take It Or Else!' - Docs Reveal Firms Forced To Take Government Aid

Documents acquired by US public-interest group Judicial Watch by means of a Freedom of Information request demonstrate that former US Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson gave nine US banks no choice but to accept billions in equity injections last October, when the markets were reeling after the fall on Lehman Brothers.

Quitting A Bailed-Out Firm For More Money ? Forget It!

Those bankers currently working for bailed-out US banks who think that their financial wellbeing might be better served by going elsewhere, might want to think again. And that's because the Obama administration is now said to be looking at extending prudent financial market pay policies beyond firms with TARP funding.

'The Run On The Investment Banks Would Appear To Be Over'

Sanity returned to the markets Tuesday. The Fed cut its benchmark rate, US stocks enjoyed their biggest gains in 5 years and Doug Peta, market strategist at J & W Seligman, said that 'the run on the investment banks would appear to be over. It seems certain we are going to finish the week with the four (main US) investment banks we started with, and we couldn't be sure of that (last) Monday morning'. (Source - Bloomberg)

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