1838 - US businessman George Peabody opens a London merchant bank.
On September 18th, 2000, Dresdner Bank proudly announced that it had entered an agreement to buy Wasserstein Perella & Co for $1.37bn. The 12 year-old independent investment banking firm had 11 offices, employed around 600 staff and was run by legendary dealmaker Bruce Wasserstein. The German bank was happy and so was Bruce - he is said to have personally made $600m from the deal. Dresdner's investment banking arm soon changed its name to DrKW (Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein) to reflect new realities.
The Royal Parks Foundation has launched the first Half Marathon through Central London. Registration opens at 07.00 on Monday 10 March.
Bloomberg reports that German insurer Allianz might have saved its shareholders a $45bn loss in market value if traders at Dresdner Kleinwort had been forced to heed the warnings PIMCO (part of Allianz Global Investors) gave to Allianz some 12 months ago that US subprime lending was likely to implode, resulting in massive industry-wide losses.
Time Out in New York has a nice little item about an analyst at JPMorgan, who also happens to moonlight as a New York cabbie on the weekends. The guy claims it was easier to get onto the firm's analyst program than it was to get his cab licence!
Terrorism, regional instability, the proliferation of weapons and narcotics trafficking are some of the major problems facing the UK in the 21st Century. SIS exists to help make sure the Government has the information it needs to counter these threats effectively.
Bloomberg reports that, according to a survey undertaken for the National Association for Business Economics, the proportion of US economists who are now forecasting a recession in the US this year has more than doubled in some three months - to 45%. The poll sought the views of 49 professional forecasters between January 25th and February 13th.
Last Friday a new book, Brilliant Networking by Steven D'Souza, a VP at a top-tier US investment bank, claimed the No 1 slot in Amazon's Business in Presentations section.
Fidelity Investments has agreed to pay $8m to settle US Securities and Exchange Commission charges that several of its brokers received $1.6m in gifts over a period of years from clients who were allegedly hoping to do more business with the firm.
Here's another rather bizarre story, back by public demand.
A former Wall Street trader whose dramatic courtroom death was witnessed by millions on TV and the Internet probably committed suicide with a homemade cyanide pill.
And here's another fine mess we seem to have got ourselves into.
A review of the JPMorgan's Chief Investment Office found that employees may have hid losses.