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Thain, in Interview, Reflects on Merrill and CIT

online.wsj.com — Former Merrill CEO John Thain, in an interview, said he regretted having to sell the firm to Bank of America amid the financial crisis. He also spoke about his plans for CIT Group.

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.
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Dec 20, 2014

@JChengWSJ: N. Korea says it didn't do it, proposes "joint probe" with U.S. into Sony hacking. @kwaakreports on.wsj.com/1w90vnM

Dec 19, 2014

Friday Quiz: How many meetings have JPMorgan execs had with regulators since 2013? A: More than 1,300 on.wsj.com/1x5UgIl @WSJMoneyBeat

Dec 19, 2014

Ally's 'long, tumultuous trip through the Treasury Department’s bailout program' comes to an end wsj.com/articles/ally-… via @JBSteins

Dec 19, 2014

Obama says Sony Pictures ‘made a mistake’ canceling film focused on North Korea on.wsj.com/1ABDqP5 via @WSJ

Dec 19, 2014

Sidney Weinberg and his son ran Goldman for 50 plus years. This week, one Weinberg moved on from his $GS role. online.wsj.com/articles/goldm…

Dec 19, 2014

Proportional response? Activists to Drop 'Interview' DVDs Over North Korea Via Balloon hollywoodreporter.com/news/sony-hack… @THR

Dec 19, 2014

How Google, GE and U.S. firms play the tax ‘audit lottery’ on.wsj.com/1sGsFfo via @WSJ @TheoFrancis, $GOOG

Dec 19, 2014

RT @KateKellyCNBC: $DB credit strategists call $45 a possible low for WTI crude in 2015

Dec 18, 2014

Mobile milestone: People now reach banks more often thru mobile phones than computers, ATMs or branches. @Huangplan online.wsj.com/articles/mobil…

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