Update: These are the numbers being rumored, which people are said to be “generally pleased” with, though the official ones are not expected until later this week. Read more »
Remember Frank Perkins Hixon Jr? Former Evercore managing director charged with securities fraud (and lying to the FBI!) after he opened up brokerage accounts in his ex-mistress’s and father’s names and then did a little insider trading in them to the tune of $700,000 in ill-gotten gains? Told a judge that he did it in order to stay connected with Destiny Wind Robinson, with whom he fathered a child, as she would not accept cash but was okay with investment ideas? A judge has sentenced him to two-and-a-half years, which would’ve been longer had it not been for the other woman in his life (AKA his wife) asking for leniency on his behalf. Read more »
In court today, where he pleaded guilty, Frank Perkins Hixon Jr. laid out his thinking:
- This wasn’t about avarice, it was about love
- All he was trying to do was set up a nest egg for the woman with whom he had a two year affair, and their love child
- But because his lady friend would not accept cash, he gave her the next best thing, the proceeds from trades based on material non-public information
Executing Insider Trades In An Account Set Up Under Baby Mama’s Name Not The Fool-Proof Plan Ex-Evercore Director Thought It’d BeBy Bess Levin
From 2010 to 2014, when he was working in Evercore’s mining and metals group, Frank Perkins Hixon Jr. occasionally found himself on the receiving end of material non-public information. Sometimes it was about forthcoming acquisitions. Sometimes it was about his own company’s earnings. In both cases, FPH Jr. knew he could sweeten things for himself by trading on the 411. Naturally, he didn’t want to get fired from Evercore for securities fraud, as it would put a damper on his ability to obtain inside info, so he couldn’t be too obvious. Placing the trades in an account under his own name was obviously out. Same went for anyone with whom he shared a last name, like his mom or dad. And that’s when the lightbulb went off: Read more »
One way to make a lot of money in banking is just to be really good at it. But this is not a very good way! There are lots of people who want to make a lot of money in banking, and all of them1 have at least considered the approach of “just be good at it,” so you have no real competitive edge if that’s your strategy. You need to be creative and think outside the box, as you might say, if you were not very good at banking, as the law of large numbers says you are not.
“As we continue to reduce costs, continue to optimize our capital and we continue to have momentum on the client side we think we will be able to improve our return on equity toward that 15 percent target,” Dougan said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “That’s something that’s achievable.”
I had so much hope! I mean, “reduce costs” is boring and sad, and “momentum on the client side” is just like “be good bankers” which whatever, but “optimize our capital” could mean all sorts of devious things.
It probably does but I couldn’t find them. I mean, other than the usual devious things, which start with “Basel II.5 core tier 1 ratio increased by 2.2 percentage points to 14.7%, total capital ratio increased by 1.0 percentage point to 21.2″ and segue right along into this funding stack: Read more »