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BOE Grapples With Self-Employment Puzzle

Bank of England officials are struggling to make sense of a big rise in self-employment in the U.K., a development that may affect when officials choose to lift interest rates. At its April 9 meeting, Monetary Policy Committee officials agreed that the U.K.’s economic recovery appears to be gaining momentum, and BOE staff estimate the [...]

Intellectual Ventures Big Case Shut Down By Judge Over Completely Bogus Patents

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Late last fall, we highlighted some very questionable practices by Intellectual Ventures in suing a bunch of big banks for patent infringement. Our focus was on a particular patent, 6,182,894, which was initially assigned to American...Show More Summary

Small Business Loan Approval Drops to 18.8 Percent at Big Banks

Small businesses have a better bet seeking loans with small banks than with big ones. Small business loan approval drops to 18.8 percent at big banks in March. (Those are banks with assets of $10 billion or more.) The new figure represents a drop from 19.1 percent in February. Show More Summary

"Jennifer DeFalco is creative director for Cannabrand, a marketing agency named for a mashup of 'cannabis' and 'branding.'"

"DeFalco and her business partner are banking on Colorado's marijuana industry becoming big business — one in need of flashy logos, memorable catchphrases and eye-catching ads." [T]he whole point of marketing is to grow a business by...Show More Summary

At Least One Big Bank CEO Will Be in the Hot Seat This Week

In the wake of mixed Q1 results, banking incumbents should have a relatively calm week, with Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, and Wells Fargo getting on with business as usual. Meanwhile, Citigroup holds its AGM, which might prove contentious for its current management.

Investment Bank "Kiosks" Take On Big Banks

The New York Times article Goldman, Citi, UBS... and a Guy in an Office describes a successful one man firm that is currently the world's 11th ranked merger and acquisition adviser. The article describes this as the "trend toward...

Morgan Stanley Shines, Amid Dull Results From J.P. Morgan, Bank Of America

By Don Dion: Morgan Stanley (MS) surprised investors by posting better-than-expected earnings for the first quarter. Not that many years ago, Morgan Stanley had been left in the dust by big players like Bank of America (BAC) and J.P....Show More Summary

Just How Much Did the Big Bank CEOs Make in 2013?

Despite efforts to rein in their compensation, they're still pulling in millions -- but they now be getting a comparatively raw deal.

Fed Chief Yellen Just Hinted at Another Blow to Big Banks

Big banks may be about to face even more stringent capital requirements.

David Stockman On 'The QE Follies': Bernanke's Swell Gift To The Big Four Banks

Submitted by David Stockman via Contra Corner blog, I recently pointed out that the Fed’s 5-year campaign to drive the 30-year mortgage rate from 6.5% to 3.3% had accomplished nothing except to touch off another of those pointless “refi”...Show More Summary

13 Sins

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Blackstone leaves a trail of money to follow

The buyout firm generated record quarterly earnings, in stark contrast to Wall Street’s slog. It’s the latest sign of a power shift from banks to shadow banks, broadly defined. Having confined big lenders, watchdogs could pick up the scent on Steve Schwarzman and his ilk.

Mercenary Links April 17th: Ramping Up

Mercenary Links April 17th: Big banks ramp up biz lending... Putin asserts right to use force... hedge funds clobbered by tech stocks... analyzing Bob Ross, the Mustang at 50, and more.

Wall Street Strikes Back: Morgan Stanely, Goldman Sachs Beat Earnings Expectations

During the first quarter of 2014, investors were generally pessimistic about the prospects of ’s big investment banks and pushed down the shares of Goldman Sachs and. But the two big banks surprised investors on Thursday, posting first quarter financials that were stronger than expected. Goldman Sachs reported on Thursday that in the first [...]

Morgan Stanley Made Every Bank On Wall Street Jealous This Morning (MS)

There are two market-wide trends currently plaguing the big banks on Wall Street: 1) declining mortgage activity and 2) tumbling fixed-income trading activity. However, Morgan Stanley bucked that latter trend by reporting a jump in fixed...Show More Summary

Asia push to in-house M&A forces advisors to adapt

From China’s CITIC to Singapore’s Temasek, Asian acquirers are increasingly relying on in-house talent to get deals done. The loss of potential deal flow in an already tough market means big banks will have to work harder to prove their worth.

Mercenary Links April 16th: Power Drain

Mercenary Links April 16th: Central Bank power eroding... Fed sees strong economy ahead... Big Wealth makes a comeback... snorkelling in Antarctica, younger skin through exercise, and more.

A big banker bets on upstart brewers

Craft beer might not immediately spring to mind at the mention of big banks, but a brewery boom has spurred plenty of business interest in the sector. Bank of America, for instance, has a Southern California-based beverage industry group focused on wineries, breweries, distilleries, distributors and suppliers. Show More Summary

Goldman Sachs: Earnings Will Be Lower, But Will Still Crush Wall Street Expectations

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) is set to report FQ1 2014 earnings before the market opens on Thursday, April 17th. Banks make the big bucks when the economy grows and businesses and individuals take on loans to fund expansion, but this quarter investors have displayed a squeamish risk appetite. Show More Summary

Bank of America Not Alone in Reporting Anemic Results

Bank of America's $276 million loss provides some valuable perspective on the difficulties in running a big bank these days, Antony Currie of Reuters Breakingviews writes.

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