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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 […]


Financial Times Survey: Banks’ Brexit Relocations By March 2019 Much Lower Than Feared

In the run-up to the recent agreement on phase I of Brexit, there was mixed news on the extent to which jobs in the City of London would be relocated to other European hubs, primarily Frankfurt. On one hand, we discussed the meeting between US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, and executives of JPM, Goldman, HSBC […]


Crypto Scam, The Crypto Company, Collapses on Non-Existent Volume

Content originally published at iBankCoin.com   This little pink sheeter ran up 20,000% because MUH Bitcoin, hitting a market cap of $12.6b, and now it’s all unraveling under the hard realities of mathematics driven by greed. Even down 65% for the day, on 11,000 shares traded, the market cap is still over $4 billion. According […]


Enron 2.0? ECB, Global Banks On The Hook For $21 Billion In Steinhoff Implosion

Earlier this week we reported that as part of the stunning, unexpected collapse of South African retail giant Steinhoff, which also owns France-based Conforama furniture chain, Mattress Firm in the U.S. and Poundland in the U.K., none other than the ECB was unveiled as owning an unknown amount of its recently issued €800 million in […]


Citi Tumbles After CFO Warns Of $20 Billion Charge If Senate Tax Bill Passes

Citi stock tumbled, closing at session lows after the bank’s CFO John Gerspach  confirmed that the trading woes plaguing other banks would impact it as well, previewing Q4 trading as down “in the high teens.” The percentage decline in trading revenue from a year earlier is largely driven by the bank’s fixed-income unit, Gerspach said […]


World’s Third Largest Shipbuilder Crashes 29% Amid Asian Equity Carnage

Shares in Samsung Heavy, the world’s third largest shipbuilder, plunged by 29% during Wednesday’s trading session after unexpectedly forecasting operating losses this year and 2018 and announcing a capital raise. Meanwhile, Asian equities tumbled, led by technology, mining and industrial companies, with the MSCI Asia Pacific Index falling for eight straight days, its longest run […]


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 […]


Wall Street Traders Used Chat Rooms To Rig Treasury Auctions, Federal Lawsuit Alleges

Over the past several months, as we followed HSBC’s currency scandal involving trader Mark Johnson who netted his firm $8 million in illicit profits by front-running a $3.5 billion client order, we frequently noted that Johnson was nothing more than a convenient scapegoat for a global financial industry that is rife with similar front-running scams […]


Foreigners Splurge On US Stocks: Buy Second-Most US Equities In 8 Years

Last week we reported that in October, a record month in which Japanese stocks saw just one losing day in the entire month, foreigners bought a record amount of Japanese equities. It wasn’t just Japan, however, where the international community was busy buying. According to the just released TIC data, foreigner accounts, both official and […]


Activists, Including Cerberus, Take 6.9% Stake In Deutsche Bank

The Deutsche Bank story has evolved rapidly this morning: Bloomberg reports that Deutsche Bank had attracted a “new top investor” in the ongoing process of its endless restructuring, then Handelsblatt tweeted that Morgan Stanley acquired a 6.68% shareholding on behalf of activist investors. The bank confirmed shortly thereafter that the new DB shareholder was Cerberus […]


“This Is Unprecedented”: JPMorgan Slams “Stunning” $8 Billion Damage Verdict Against It

Here’s a live transmission from the Texas courtroom where JP Morgan Chase & Co’s lawyers are asking a judge to throw out one of the largest punitive judgments in legal history… …Instead, the bank's lawyers say the $8 billion judgment should be reduced to zero. “The law and evidence do not support any claim against […]


Banks Warn London Facing Brexit “Point Of No Return”

During his trip to London this week, US Commerce Secretary, Wilbur Ross, wasn’t only defending revelations in the Paradise Papers that he’d invested in a shipping company with ties to the Putin family. He also attended a “closed-door meeting” with executives from JPMorgan, Goldman, HSBC and other banks. The meeting took place over lunch in […]


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 […]