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Settling a Bad Bet on the Boardwalk

Fewer Theatrics at J.P. Morgan Annual Meeting

blogs.wsj.com — The annual meeting season for big banks ended today with a bit of a whimper. J.P. Morgan Chase held an hour-long meeting with much less drama than last year's edition. The 2013 meeting capped a months-long battle between activist shareholders and the bank's board, led by Chairman and CEO James Dimon.

Fixed-Income Trading Sinks J.P. Morgan Revenue

blogs.wsj.com — The just-released first-quarter results from J.P Morgan Chase & Co. showed that revenue was down to $23.86 billion, a 7.7% drop from a year earlier and short of analyst estimates. One of the culprits was revenue from fixed-income, currency and commodities trading, which dropped 21% to $3.76 billion.

Firms Seek Edge Through Speed As Computer Trading Expands

online.wsj.com — In some obscure corner of the stock-trading universe, speed is critical and fractions of seconds loom large. The growth of computer trading has set off an arms race among dozens of firms to shave the time it takes for orders to reach the computers of electronic exchanges.

As Stress Tests Loom, Biggest Dividend Hikes Expected at Citi, BofA

blogs.wsj.com — As the annual Federal Reserve bank stress tests begin this afternoon, the stakes are higher for some banks than others. According to data highlighted today in the Wall Street Journal , some banks are expected to push to increase their dividends sharply. Others are eyeing share buybacks in an effort to boost per-share profitability.

Winklevoss Twins Plan Bitcoin Index

online.wsj.com — Bitcoin proponents Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss said Wednesday that they would launch a new index to price the volatile virtual currency. The Winkdex, as the brothers are calling it, will also be used to price the value of the assets held by Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, a proposed exchange traded fund which is currently being reviewed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Big Banks Set for Best Year Since Crisis

online.wsj.com — The big six U.S. banks - J.P. Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America - are set to post net income of about $73 billion in 2013, a 22% gain from 2012 that would be the best year for the industry since the financial crisis.

On Street, Reluctance to Blow the Whistle

online.wsj.com — Should Wall Street have spoken up? That is a key question to emerge from the Madoff scandal: whether Wall Streeters should more-readily report concerns about possible fraud to regulators. Since Bernard Madoff's December arrest on allegations of a Ponzi scheme, some people in the investing world have said they questioned his performance numbers.

Morgan Stanley Top Interest-Rate Trader Leaves Bank

online.wsj.com — Glenn Hadden, Morgan Stanley's top interest-rate trader, has left the bank amid a challenging turnaround effort in its bond-trading business, according to a memo sent to the securities firm's staff Monday. Mr. Hadden, 43-years-old, is leaving immediately after a three-year stint as the head of Morgan Stanley's interest-rate sales and trading business.

Former Bear Stearns Executive Jeffrey Lane to Join Lebenthal Holdings as Chairman

online.wsj.com — Lebenthal Holdings to announce that it hired former Bear Stearns executive Jeffrey Lane to become the firm's chairman. The company is bringing Mr. Lane on to expand wealth management and investment advisory business.
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Oct 18, 2014

@davidmwessel: This should push the euro down: big banks begin charging clients for euro deposits on.wsj.com/104wVIo

Oct 17, 2014

Morgan Stanley’s profit climbs, closely watched return on equity up to 7.6% from 5% a Yr Ago, $MS on.wsj.com/1rGpVXy @WSJ @SaabiraC

Oct 17, 2014

Morgan Stanley beats earnings estimates with profit of $1.7 billion, gets some help from a tax benefit, details @WSJmarkets

Oct 17, 2014

@MattGoldstein26: Fears That Pimco and Other Big Firms Could Be Unable to Unload Risky Bonds, via @nytimes nyti.ms/1pifhqs

Oct 17, 2014

JPMorgan Chase Seeks Incentives to Build New Headquarters on Manhattan's west side nytimes.com/2014/10/17/nyr…

Oct 16, 2014

RT @Tyrangiel: It would be so perfectly NCAA to let Jameis Winston play through a sexual assault allegation only to ban him for selling his autograph.

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