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Jefferies Fixed Income Revenue Plunges 37% To 2 Year Low

Once upon a time Jefferies was the country’s biggest junk bond trading shop, with a small investment banking group on the side. Now, it’s the other way around. in its latest quarter and fiscal year ended November 30, Jefferies – which is the last public company to announce results in the old bank convention with […]


Wall Street Bonuses Set To Shrink Again This Year

Bankers were thrilled last year when Wall Street bonuses climbed for the first time in years after falling more than 15% in 2015. But unfortunately, even with equity markets around the world at record highs in 2017, volatility across asset class plunged this year – with the Dow seeing its least volatile year on record […]


Banks Demand 11th-hour Reprieve On Key Part Of MiFID II

The clock is ticking down and there are only about three weeks to go before the dreaded MiFID II regulatory structure is implemented on 3 January 2018. While it’s been difficult to judge the industry’s preparedness for the change, several aspects of the new regulations have attracted the most debate and concern. These have included […]


JPMorgan, BofA See 15% Plunge In Trading Revenues; Blame “Lack Of Volatility, Excitement”

Stop us when you’ve heard this before… and you’ve heard it exactly two times in the last two quarter: both Bank of America and JPMorgan warning their revenue will be down double digits year over year because volatility is so low, and traders are so paralyzed, there is much less money to be made trading […]


Here We Go Again: Wells Fargo Is Under Investigation For Gouging Clients

After reporting last month that Wells Fargo’s foreign-exchange unit was being investigated by regulators and that the bank had fired four employees – and demoted another – after discovering certain unspecified improprieties in its FX shop, more details about the exact nature of the bank’s latest scandal – which follows revelations that the bank’s retail […]


“This Just Feels Like Death”: Analysts Flee Research Positions Amid MiFID II Changes

For the past couple of months, we’ve frequently shared our views that Europe’s MiFID II regulations, which force investment banks to charge for equity research instead of “giving it away” in return for trading commissions, could be a wake up call for 1,000’s of highly paid research analysts who were about to have their true […]


Death Of The Salesmen – Mifid II Strikes Again

Now they tell us… The imminent prospect – January 2018 – of Mifid II, with the unbundling of research costs, was bad enough in terms of complexity and lower profitability for both the buy and sell sides…never mind disastrous for the analysts who are likely lose their jobs. Now the regulatory powers that be in […]


Bill Blain: “Why We Should Be Very Nervous About Corporate Bonds”

Blain’s Morning Porridge, Submitted by Bill Blain of Mint Partners Why we should be very nervous about corporate bonds     “Before the fiddlers have fled, before they ask us to pay for the bill and while we still have the chance.…” This might be week the proverbial chickens have more need than ever of somewhere […]


The Truth About Wall Street Analysis

Authored by Lance Roberts via RealInvestmentAdvice.com, Turn on financial television or pick up a financially related magazine or newspaper and you will hear, or read, about what an analyst from some major Wall Street brokerage has to say about the markets or a particular company. For the average person, and for most financial advisors, this […]


China’s Big Bang Bombshell: Beijing Opens Financial Sector To Foreign Ownership, But Why Now?

That was quick. Trump leaves China (only to go back on the offensive about unfair trade practices in his APEC speech) and just hours later Trump's new Beijing friends announce that foreign firms will be permitted to take majority ownership in Chinese financial firms… well capped at 51% for now anyway. We doubt that this […]


What Risk: Deutsche Bank Ramps Up Loans Business In Desperate Scramble For Profit

We have some sympathy for John Cryan, but only to the extent that he has the near impossible task of putting the biggest German bank back on a sound footing regaining market share and generating some elusive revenue growth: a virtually impossible task as long as Europe is choked by NIRP. As we noted two […]


Ding Dong Dandong – First Chinese Corporate Default After Party Congress

Just over a week ago we highlighted how China’s financial regulator had instructed companies to delay the reporting of bad corporate news until after the Party Congress. As Bloomberg noted… China’s securities watchdog has asked some loss-making companies to avoid publishing quarterly results this week as authorities seek to ensure stock-market stability during the Communist […]


Deutsche Bank Trading Revenue Plunges 30% As CEO’s Time Running Out

Deutsche Bank’s Q3 2017 revenues were €6.78 billion, below market expectations of €6.88 billion. The share price fell 2.7% shortly after the European market open. The problem – like the previous quarter – was a bigger-than-expected drop in trading revenues. Trading revenue was down 30% year-on-year to €1.512 billion versus €2.162 billion in Q2 2017. […]


Goldman Ramping Up Private Equity Investments To Offset Low Vol And Low Volume

Normal 0 false false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE Normal 0 false false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE A Reuters article reports that Goldman is looking to make direct private-equity investments to compensate for weakness in trading. Goldman Sachs Group Inc is ramping up its private-equity investments and going after smaller, high-growth targets as part […]