“We get involved on the board. We don’t micromanage and interestingly we get invited back because we’re not a disturbance or a disruption. And Hanes is a good example — we bought it at 20 and it’s now at 80. And I think the CEO will say that in the beginning he was wary of us but he said that we helped him quite a bit. And Motorola I think I still stay friendly with Greg Brown (chairman and chief executive officer of Motorola Solutions, Inc.) who says we helped him. I think this model must be used in this country if we are going to remain competitive. One of the major reasons I think for the fact that we have unemployment is and we don’t compete is the mediocrity of so many of our managements and so many of our boards. I want to make it clear that there are some very good managers and some very good boards. But generally, it’s amazing how badly these companies are run.” [Reuters]
Posts by Bess Levin
Rupert is said (by a newspaper he owns, so maybe they actually know?) to be shelling out a few million for the $Honey. No word on perks. Read more »
Yes, the bank just agreed to pay $13 billion to settle only one of the many investigations into its practices. Yes, #AskJPM didn’t exactly go off as planned. Yes, the public outrage reserved for Goldman Sachs has all but turned to 270 Park. Yes, the firm’s headquarters are visited regularly by an exorcist.
And yes, on the surface, all of that looks pretty bad. But none of it matters. Not when a dating website proclaims your (male) employees to be the 4th hottest in New York based on the results of a study that real science went into it doesn’t. Read more »
Remember David Miller? Rochdale Securites trader who masterminded a scam that involved the “unauthorized purchase of about $1 billion in Apple stock,” which he claimed was for a client (a lie)? Forget to dot a few essential i’s and cross a few crucial t’s in the scheme, which contributed to its failure and left the firm in a “negative capital position”? Robbed the universe of Dick Bové research for a time? Which thankfully turned out to be a very short amount of time, i.e. the period between Bové’s resignation from Rochdale and the announcing of the winner of the Dick Bové Sweepstakes? Yeah, he’s going to jail. Read more »
Paul Flowers, the former Co-operative bank chairman, has been suspended by the Labour Party as he faces a police investigation over his alleged purchase of class A drugs. Mr Flowers, 63, has already been suspended from his position as a Methodist minister after he was caught on camera discussing the purchase of crystal meth, cocaine and ketamine. Reverend Paul Flowers is said to have bought the illegal substances just days after he gave evidence to the Treasury Select Committee on how the bank lost £700 million and came close to collapse whilst he was at the helm. A Labour councillor in Bradford for ten years he has been suspended for “bringing the party into disrepute.” Mr Flowers has apologised to “all I have hurt or failed by my actions” and has said he is currently seeking professional help. [Telegraph]
And little Jamie, little Holder wants $13 billion. Read more »
Back in October, a man who goes by the name of Reverend Billy, AKA Bill Talen, appeared at JP Morgan to protest the bank’s financing of “mountaintop removal, dirty coal, fracking, and other types of fossil fuel extraction.” He did so by entering the building, along with members of his Stop Shopping choir who were dressed as frogs, heading up to the third floor (where wealth management offices are located), and belting out a tune on the subject. The Reverend delivered a sermon about JP Morgan’s role in climate change (via its investments), and his flock passed out informational pamphlets to clients and employees. They exited stage left and shortly thereafter, Billy and his choir director were arrested while waiting for the F train.
This was not the first time Reverend Billy publicly took issue with what JP Morgan does with its money (in June 2010 he put a “holy hex” on the bank), nor was it a first time a man of the cloth paid a visit to the House of Dimon (in March 2011, a church group led by one “Bishop Cush” performed an exorcism on the steps of 270 Park Avenue, sprinkling holy water on the building in an effort to “chase the demons out of Chase”).
But something about this particular exercise struck a chord and now, the Reverend is facing up to 1 year in prison. That’s where you come in. Read more »
New York-based employee Steven Gilchrist was charged with three counts of making false statements regarding the nature of his personal financial holdings, according a criminal complaint filed in the Southern District of New York. Mr. Gilchrist was arrested Tuesday, the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office said. The arrest is tied to a recent probe of the personal financial holdings of some SEC employees in New York by U.S. prosecutors and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s internal watchdog, which The Wall Street Journal reported last week. Mr. Gilchrist, a compliance examiner at the agency, allegedly told the SEC three times that he had no stockholdings prohibited by the agency’s ethical rules, when in reality he had shares of six companies that agency staffers are barred from holding, the complaint said. The SEC has strict rules on the stocks employees can hold. The agency goes further in its employee-trading restrictions than many other federal agencies, which generally prohibit employees from working on any matter in which they have financial interests. [WSJ]