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GM Deals Another Blow to Ally Financial

wsj.com — Ally Financial Inc. said that General Motors Co. has informed the lender it will now funnel all of its subsidized Chevrolet new-vehicle leases to its in-house GM Financial lending arm, representing the latest blow for Ally amid a series of changes in GM's strategy to become a bigger auto lender on its own.

CIT’s Thain Plays Down Too-Big-To-Fail Fears

wsj.com — CIT Group Inc.'s proposed acquisition of OneWest Bank NA's parent company wouldn't make the bank too big to fail, CIT Chief Executive John Thain said at a public meeting Thursday. Speaking in Los Angeles to a panel of banking regulators, Mr. Thain said the current regulatory framework evaluates proposed deals individually and looks beyond asset...

CIT Chief Thain Prepares to Face Critics

wsj.com — John Thain's quest to raise CIT Group Inc. to banking's big leagues may hit some turbulence on Thursday. The 59-year-old Mr. Thain at a public meeting hosted by banking regulators is expected to face the wrath of borrowers and community groups trying to thwart his latest plan, a $3.4 billion deal to buy IMB Holdco LLC, the parent company of OneWest Bank NA.

CIT’s Thain to Speak at Public Meeting on Proposed Merger

wsj.com — CIT Group Inc. Chief Executive John Thain will speak at a public meeting hosted by federal banking regulators on a proposed merger with OneWest Bank NA's parent company, according to an agenda of the meeting released Tuesday. After the regulators' opening remarks, Mr. Thain is scheduled to present first with his counterpart OneWest Bank Chief Executive Joseph Otting.

Stifel to Buy Sterne Agee for $150 Million

wsj.com — Stifel Financial Corp. said it plans to acquire Sterne Agee, bolstering its wealth management segment. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. The acquisition would add more than 700 financial advisers and independent representatives who...

Deloitte Taps Woman, a First, for CEO Post

wsj.com — The glass ceiling sprouted a few more cracks, as one of the Big Four accounting and consulting firms placed a woman in the corner office for the first time. Cathy Engelbert was named Monday as the new chief executive of Deloitte LLP, effective March 11.

Fed, OCC to Hold Meeting on CIT Group Acquisition

wsj.com — The Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will hold a public meeting on the proposed merger between CIT Group Inc. and OneWest Bank NA's parent company, the agencies announced Friday. The meeting is scheduled to be held in Los Angeles on Feb. 26.

New Ally Financial Chief Lays Out Plans for Lender

wsj.com — New Ally Financial Inc. Chief Executive Jeffrey Brown said the lender would expand its relationships in the automotive space and develop new products for retail-banking customers as the firm begins its new chapter under his stewardship. Mr. Brown, 41, was speaking for the first time in his capacity as CEO to analysts and investors on a call on Thursday morning.

Ally’s New CEO to Meet Investors Thursday

blogs.wsj.com — New Ally Financial Inc. Chief Executive Jeffrey Brown has largely worked behind the scenes throughout his banking career. On Thursday however, the spotlight will swivel to the 41-year-old as he addresses investors for the first time as the head of the auto lender.

Ally Financial CEO Michael Carpenter Steps Down

wsj.com — Michael Carpenter, chief executive of auto lender Ally Financial Inc., is stepping down, the company announced on Monday. Mr. Carpenter will also leave the board, the company said. He will be replaced by Jeffrey Brown, the chief executive of Ally's dealer financial services business, the Detroit-based company said. On Thursday, Mr....
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Mar 04, 2015

@zseward I do! mainly because a Times article a few years ago told me to. No idea whether the advice still applies.

Mar 04, 2015

RT @ryanjtracy: Yellen - in her own plodding style - added her voice to those concerned about Wall St culture last night. on.wsj.com/1AFdQqc

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