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We wanted to find out how financial markets professionals would vote in the event that there was a General Election in the UK, or a Presidential Election in the US, today.
Despite all the talk by the ABN AMRO board that their bank is not for breaking up, it now looks like executives are having a change of heart.
Lehman Brothers has been forced to come out and deny that it is going to take a big writedown relating to exposure to subprime lending. The firm's shares came under pressure earlier this week after rumours circulated that the firm has taken a bath.
Reuters reports that Bank of America saw its second-quarter profits rise some 5% to $5.76bn on private-equity gains and an increase in investment banking revenues. Profit at the corporate and investment banking unit increased 27% to $1.67bn from one year ago. The fly in the ointment on the results front was that the bank set aside $1.81bn in the quarter for future credit losses.
Here's a copy of the recent letter sent to investors by Bear Srearns CEO Jim Cayne about those two hedge fund losses.
Bear Stearns Asset Management has now advised the clients who invested in those two in-the-news hedge funds that they have 'very little value' and that the firm is now seeking 'an orderly wind-down of the funds over time'. Investors are thought to have lost out to the tune of a cool $1.5bn.
Here Is The City is able to reveal that some of the world's leading investment banks are now investing in cloning technology in an effort to solve their chronic recruitment problems.
Bloomberg reports that Bank of America (BofA) is likely to suffer because it has remained practically glued to its own backyard in recent years. With the demand for financial services increasing three times as fast overseas, the recent boast of CEO Ken Lewis that 'we do better when we play to our strengths, and our strengths are in the US', is starting to look at bit hollow.
Reuters reports that shares in Lazard were on the rise Thursday, and call options were active, on speculation that the firm could be acquired by an unspecified larger rival.
Bank of America and Citigroup posted two of the three biggest declines in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index Thursday, after results fell short of those at rivals as managers had to focus on cutting costs.
The US attorney accused of hounding internet activist Aaron Swartz to his death has responded by saying that her office's actions were "appropriate", and that she had only been seeking a six-month sentence in "a low-security setting" rather than the 30 years' jail that his actions might have attracted.
There is such a thing as being too clever, as this employee apparently found out to his cost.