New York

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In the face of “constant hostility”—including lawsuits and a general lack of interest in promoting the industry—banks ought to leave New York and head for friendlier terrain, analyst Dick Bove said. In a note released a day after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase, Bove said it’s time for banks to head to states where they won’t face such an unwelcoming environment…Bove does not address the merits of New York’s case against JPMorgan, the largest bank by desposits in the U.S. But he said the general tenor towards banks in the state make it no longer feasible to operate there. “I am constantly struck by the fact that Michigan does not sue the auto industry; Texas is not suing the oil industry; California is not suing the entertainment industry; and Florida is not suing the tourism industry,” Bove wrote. “They do not sue farmers in Iowa. New York never stops suing the financial industry. Why? What do these other states understand that New York does not?” [CNBC]

  • 21 May 2009 at 10:35 AM

New York City Doomed!

Wall Street being the lifeblood of the city and all that, the state of financial jobs is, one notices, a topic of concern. This being so, here comes the bad joss from the Independent Budget Office of New York:

Wall Street securities firms will emerge from the current recession in a down-sized mode, with few of the jobs cut replaced by 2013, even as the industry returns to profitability next year, a New York City fiscal monitor said in a gloomy report released on Wednesday.
The city faces a decline in tax revenues of $2.5 billion in the current fiscal year, and a further $2.2 billion decline in the 2010 fiscal year, due to the Wall Street job cuts, a drooping real estate market and lower business taxes, the city’s Independent Budget Office said in the report.
The projected decline for the current fiscal year ending on June 30 represents a 6.6 percent decline in tax revenues, according to the watchdog’s report.
“This back-to-back decline — which follows a year, 2008, of essentially no tax revenue growth — would mark the first time in at least three decades that the city experienced consecutive years of falling tax revenues,” the Independent Budget Office said in the report.

Of course, we already know that the collapse of revenue is both a federal and state problem at this point and after we are done bailing out California it is easy to suspect there may be nothing left in the royal purse. Then what?
Wall Street Seen Replacing Few Of Jobs Cut By 2013 [The New York Times]

  • 20 Mar 2009 at 9:59 AM

Secondary Effects

Active interest this morning in Credit Default Swaps on New York Munis. Not surprising given that New York is going to take it on the chin if the recent slew of bonus-bans takes hold. To the extent taxes are a municipality’s lifeblood, New York is about to get exsanguinated.