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Investment banks rethink common sales tricks

efinancialnews.com — Long-acceptable trading tactics - such as pretending to have paid more for a bond than one had - have become potential criminal offenses

Banks Rethink Common Sales Tricks

wsj.com — It is the age-old art of sealing a deal: Making your product seem more desirable than it may actually be. But on Wall Street, where traders for decades have tried to cajole clients into buying or selling, the question of how far they can go has become pivotal.

Jon Corzine considers launching hedge fund

marketwatch.com — Jon S. Corzine, the embattled former MF Global Holdings Ltd. chief executive and ex-chairman of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., has discussed plans to start his own hedge fund in recent months, according to people familiar with the matter. The fund would start with cash from Corzine's personal wealth and a handful of outside investors.

Jon Corzine Considers Launching Hedge Fund

Low Rates Once Again Pose Problems for Regional Banks

wsj.com — Persistently low interest rates once again stunted the profitability of two well-known regional lenders, with the firms on Wednesday lamenting their continued drain on prospects. Executives at U.S. Bancorp and PNC Financial Services Group Inc. said low rates have caused key profitability metrics to suffer, and cautioned those results may not improve until rates start to rise.

With GE Move, a Bounty of Assets Up for Grabs

wsj.com — The deep freeze in deal making among banks is about to start thawing. As part of General Electric Co.'s plan, announced Friday, to significantly scale back its finance arm, the company will seek buyers for assets worth $165 billion, comprising most of its giant commercial-lending and -leasing segment and all its mortgage and other consumer-finance businesses around the world.

Insurance Loophole Is Placed in Cross Hairs

wsj.com — The chairman of an insurance regulatory task force is calling for changes to better protect consumers from agents who sell financial products despite being barred from the securities industry.

Mobile Banking Gains Traction

wsj.com — Instead of going to the bank, customers are increasingly bringing the bank to themselves. More people with bank accounts in the U.S. are relying on their mobile phones to conduct transactions and access their account information, according to a survey released Thursday by the Federal Reserve. Some 39% of mobile-phone owners who have a...

Zions, Regulators Still at Loggerheads

wsj.com — Salt Lake City is a long way from Wall Street. But one bank from that city is finding it difficult to convince regulators of that. Zions Bancorp., one of the nation's largest regional lenders, has been beset by problems in the last two rounds of "stress tests," administered by the Federal Reserve to measure whether banks can weather another financial crisis.

Hedge Fund SkyBridge Is Peddling Itself in West Palm Beach

blogs.wsj.com — Anthony Scaramucci, the founder of the New York-based SkyBridge Capital, has never been shy about publicity. So it should come as no surprise that he and his firm are among the first to test the lifting of the advertising ban on hedge funds.
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May 18, 2015

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May 13, 2015

RT @margotpatrick: Banks rethink common sales tricks. "There are lies and there are bond lies." on.wsj.com/1Ezms4G via @justinbaer @jbsteins

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