By Lauren Tara LaCapra
There’s an interesting article out today from Bloomberg, which accuses Goldman Sachs of skirting the yet-to-be-defined-or-implemented Volcker rule, and accuses its top executives, including CEO, Lloyd Blankfein, of being a hypocrite.
Bloomberg reporter Max Abelson has done some good work on the subject. His article is well written and well sourced—he spoke to at least 20 people and got many of them to go on the record about their former employer and describe how Goldman continues to place bets with the firm’s own money.
Jan 8 (Reuters) – U.S. apartment vacancies declined and
rents rose again in the fourth quarter, continuing a years-long
trend that is likely to encourage more affluent renters to
become home buyers this year, according to real-estate research
firm Reis Inc.
The national apartment vacancy rate dropped to 4.5 percent
in the last three months of 2012 from 4.7 percent in the
previous period, marking three straight years of vacancy
declines, according to Reis data released on Tuesday. It was the
lowest vacancy rate since the third quarter of 2001, according
to Reis data.
By Lauren Tara LaCapra
As 2012 comes to an end, it’s clear that Wall Street has had the best-worst year in quite some time.
Bank profits are at record highs and lows, driven by free money from the Fed that they can’t make any money with, and a historically small number of historically huge deals. Facebook’s IPO – among the biggest ever – happened this year, and it was an enormous failure and a terrific success all at once.
NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – IntercontinentalExchange is in talks to buy New York Stock Exchange owner NYSE Euronext, in a multi-billion dollar deal designed to push it into the big league of European derivatives and take on arch rival CME Group.
ICE (ICE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) may consider a spin-off or sale of NYSE’s stock markets, a source told Reuters. As well as the 200-year old New York exchange, the NYSE also owns bourses in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Lisbon.
Dec 19 (Reuters) – IntercontinentalExchange Inc is
in talks to buy NYSE Euronext, the operator of the New
York Stock Exchange, according to a source familiar with the
situation on Wednesday, in a multibillion dollar deal that could
help the commodities exchange take on arch rival CME Group Inc
A deal could be announced as early as Thursday, the source
said, declining to be named because the discussions are private.
(Reuters) – IntercontinentalExchange Inc is in talks to buy NYSE Euronext, the operator of the New York Stock Exchange, according to a source familiar with the situation on Wednesday, in a multibillion dollar deal that could help the commodities exchange take on arch rival CME Group Inc.
A deal could be announced as early as Thursday, the source said, declining to be named because the discussions are private.
Dec 14 (Reuters) – Morgan Stanley has promoted
several senior bankers to positions overseeing mergers and
acquisitions in the U.S. and Europe, following a shakeup at the
top level of that division last month.
Bob Eatroff and Jim Head were named co-heads of M&A in the
Americas, while Colm Donlon and Johannes Groeller were named to
the same positions in Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Dec 12 (Reuters) – Warren Buffett’s $1.2 billion share
buyback from a single unnamed investor likely helped that
person’s estate save substantially on taxes, just one day after
the Berkshire Hathaway CEO said the rich should actually be
paying more, not less, when they die.
With the “fiscal cliff” looming and estate taxes set to rise
dramatically in less than three weeks, the timing was seen as
advantageous – and, according to Berkshire watchers, also out of
place in the context of Buffett’s recent tax activism.
(Reuters) – Warren Buffett’s conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc bought back $1.2 billion in stock from the estate of an unnamed investor, the company said on Wednesday, one day after Buffett advocated for a higher estate tax when the wealthy die.
Berkshire also raised the threshold for future share buybacks to 120 percent of book value from 110 percent – the level it chose when it first approved a repurchase program in September 2011.
Dec 6 (Reuters) – Morgan Stanley’s wealth division,
in a change to how it rewards its increasingly important
brokerage force, is cutting bonuses tied to the revenue that
advisers generate, but also offering discounted stock and new
incentives to brokers if they bring in new assets and get their
clients to borrow money.
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management announced the 2013
compensation plan Thursday afternoon to its 17,000 brokers.