They’re not there yet, however; first, they’re going to send James Gorman a strongly worded letter about the issue and make a decision based on his response. They do sound pretty miffed though, so God help the guy if his answer is anything but “I’ve got my tool kit and I’m on the way over.” Read more »
As the results of a recent survey given to Harvard Business School’s Class of 1986 show, holding an MBA does not ensure one a job for life, particularly in these tough economic times (nearly half of all of respondents said they had been laid off or fired at least once). This summer has not been without its share of cuts and according to Meredith Whitney, at least 50,000 more financial services employees will be let go the end of the year. When and if that time comes for you, will your spouse or loved ones be prepared to do whatever it takes to help you land you your next gig, like Holly Stuard’s husband was? [TNN via Gawker]
Not that the bonds of matrimony ever stopped him before but now that he and his wife, Anne Sinclair, have officially separated, the randiest former IMF chief since Johannes Witteveen is really ready to party. Bellhops, concierges, towel boys, people who hand out AM New York by the subway, ladies who lunch, perfume spritzers at Saks, line cooks at Mas (only the ones who are on break– he has standards), MTA officials, cocktail waitresses at the Olive Garden in Times Square, the Brooklyn Cyclones, ushers at the New York Philharmonic, women at the TKTS window booth, Real Housewives of NYC, NJ, Atlanta, and Beverly Hills, the cast of Mamma Mia!, every Air France employee– you’ve been warned! [WSJ]
JPMorgan Rankled By Risk (WSJ)
JPMorgan is seeking to reduce its risks in a business that provides crucial plumbing for Wall Street’s money flows. The nation’s largest bank by assets, a major player in providing clearing and settlement services to other financial firms, is reviewing its dealings with dozens of brokerages that use the bank to settle trades, according to people familiar with the bank. Clearing and settlement involves standing between buyers and sellers of securities to help manage financial commitments backing hundreds of billions of dollars in transactions daily. J.P. Morgan’s review, which started more than six months ago amid increased regulations, effectively seeks to assess the profits clients generate for the bank versus risks they pose, the people say.
Spain Unveils Financial Reforms (WSJ)
This reform fulfills the commitments made by Spain as part of a €100 billion European Union bailout for Spanish banks agreed in July. As anticipated in the bailout deal, Spain is creating an asset management company, or “bad bank,” that will buy property assets from banks starting later this year at prices below book value.
Euro Faces Judgment Days (WSJ)
The euro zone has seen many pivotal moments since its debt crisis emerged in Greece in early 2010. But there are reasons to think this fall’s events are especially vital. With Spain and Greece on the ropes, European officials face stark choices.
ECB Said To Use Greek Myth For Security On New Euro Banknotes (Bloomberg)
The European Central Bank is using an image from Greek mythology to improve security on new euro banknotes, four people familiar with the design said, even as Greece’s near bankruptcy fuels a debt crisis that’s threatening the future of the common currency. Europa, the Phoenician princess abducted by Zeus who gave the continent its name, will replace architectural images as the watermark on the new notes, which the ECB wants to start rolling out next year, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans aren’t public yet.
Shia LaBeouf ‘Sent Director Sex Tapes To Get New Film Role’ (Entertainment)
When Shia LaBeouf took a role in Lars von Trier’s latest movie ‘Nymphomaniac’ eyebrows were raised due to the director’s previous experimentation with putting real sex on film. Until now it seemed that LaBeouf took an occupational risk in joining the movie, but if the actor’s to be believed then he actively looked out for a sexed up role, and involved girlfriend Karolyn Pho…The ‘Lawless’ actor told Handler: “I sent him [von Trier] videotapes of me and my girlfriend having sex and that’s how I got the job.” Read more »
$$$ Something something something “[Bernanke] must once again address whether there is more the Fed can do to get the economy going and whether it is worth taking chances on controversial new programs” [WSJ]
$$$ Brussels pushes for wide ECB powers [FT]
$$$ Google, Apple CEOs in secret patent talks [Reuters]
$$$ Goldman is struggling to sell an ABS deal backed by Bob Dylan royalties, inspiring many FT jokes [FT]
$$$ Chipotle caught STEALING pennies from hapless customers nationwide in deceptive receipt rounding scandal [Daily Mail]
$$$ Kelly & Dylan finally get together [NYP]
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And wears them! In public! Where people can see him! The previously held assumption that he eats, sleeps, and showers exclusively in suits from Jos A. Bank hath been shattered! (This is almost as disorienting as the time Alan Greenspan was spotted in a tank top and cutoffs while running errands, though not nearly as traumatizing as the time the neighborhood kids got more than they’d bargained for when he came out to yell at them wearing only slipper-socks and his wife’s dressing gown!) Read more »
This is boring but short so focus for a minute, there will be an easy quiz:
So assuming that the value of the assets in your account managed by DEF totaled $450,000, what advisory fee will you be charged? Is it:
I know, I know, you cheated: the right answer is the one highlighted in yellow and marked “(CORRECT).” But I bet you could’ve gotten it anyway; you passed at least one practice CFA Level 1 exam. [Update: heh, of course the SEC's correct answer is wrong too, what can you do, illiteracy for all. In my defense I just picked the highlighted correct answer.] The question is from the appendages to this super long SEC report on the state of financial literacy, and you can summarize it simply with: terrible, the state of financial literacy is terrible. The SEC’s pollster polled 600 retail investors with that question and 71% of people got it wrong, all in ways that make the fees look less than they are: Read more »
Harbinger Capital-backed LightSquared is a wireless venture that seeks to create “convenient connectivity for all.” Unfortunately, as the Wilbur Falcone fans among us know, it’s looking like it’ll be a dark day in hell before that happens, on account of bunch of forces working together to shut this thing down at every turn, including but not limited to the yachting community that claims GSP interference caused by LS will result in boats getting lost at sea; the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, which has said LightSquared “may degrade precision services that track hurricanes, guide farmers and help build flood defenses”; and the FAA, which recently put out a study estimating LS could “cost 794 lives in aviation accidents over 10 years with disruptions to satellite-aided navigation.” Also not helping is the fact that LightSquared filed for bankruptcy in May, the company is blowing through cash faster than Wilbur’s Studio 54 days, and senior executives won’t stop quitting. While some people might take stock of the situation and decide, at this point, to throw in the towel, Wilbur Falcone’s benefactor is not some people. He’s making this thing work if it’s the last thing he does. So, what now? Obviously a couple of miracle workers are going to be needed and the thing about miracle workers is that they don’t come cheap. Gotta spend money to make money. Read more »
And did! (Next time think about throwing in a tutorial on beating The Man at his own game and some tales from the crypt to sweeten the deal.) Read more »
Antony Jenkins said he will outline his plans for Barclays in the first quarter of next year. “The challenges that confront investment banking as an industry are driven by regulatory change and the economic environment,” the new CEO said by telephone today. “It requires us to think strategically about the direction of investment banking.” The investment bank is led by Rich Ricci, a Diamond appointee. With increased regulation from Europe and the U.K., volatile market conditions for mergers and acquisitions and continuing criticism of bankers’ pay by politicians, Barclays has faced calls from analysts and shareholders to either sell the division or reduce its size. “The Barclays Capital decade and Bob Diamond will be confined to history,” said Simon Maughan, a financial industry strategist at Olivetree Securities in London. “What investors want to see is far more dramatic cost cutting, and the question is will Jenkins be enough of his own man to do it. It’s not Barclays’s style.” [Bloomberg]