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March 14, 2014
06:33 EDTMS, RBSRBS picks Morgan Stanley to advise on options for Ulster Bank, Irish Times says
Morgan Stanley (MS) has been selected by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) to advise the bank on possible merger opportunities for Ulster Bank, the Irish Times reports. The bank expects an operating model review of Ulster will take several months. Reference Link
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March 24, 2015
08:59 EDTMSMorgan Stanley confirms Jonathan Pruzan will succeed Ruth Porat as CFO
Morgan Stanley (MS) announced in a filing that Ruth Porat, executive VP and CFO, would leave the company on April 30. In a memo, CEO James Gorman says, "After a 28-year career at Morgan Stanley, Ruth Porat has decided to leave the Firm to take on a new role in Silicon Valley and return to her California roots. It is with a heavy heart that we see her go. Ruth joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 and has played a number of key roles at the Firm, from her time leading the tech banking franchise during the Internet boom, to leading the FIG banking team during the financial crisis, then as CFO partnering with the senior team to transform Morgan Stanley for the new regulatory environment. She has been a mentor and sponsor to many colleagues, and a role model for even more. Her tremendous energy, diligence and insight have been an enormous asset to the Firm... Jonathan Pruzan, currently Co-Head of the Global Financial Institutions Group in Investment Banking, will be appointed CFO upon Ruthís departure. Jon joined Morgan Stanley in 1994 and has spent more than 20 years at the Firm working with financial institution clients. He understands the current regulatory environment, having shepherded clients through the Fedís stress test and CCAR processes. He brings both great technical skill and proven leadership to this new role. Jon has served on the Morgan Stanley/MUFG steering committee since 2013 and will continue to do so. He will join the Firmís Operating Committee and Management Committee."
08:57 EDTMSGoogle confirms that Morgan Stanley's Ruth Porat to join company as CFO
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08:55 EDTMSGoogle to name Ruth Porat as CFO, Bloombeg reports
Dow Jones previously reported that Porat is leaving Morgan Stanley (MS).
08:53 EDTMSMorgan Stanley CFO Porat leaving bank for role in Silicon Valley, DJ reports
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07:45 EDTMSMetLife CEO letter may be early sign of bank earnings headwinds, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTRBSU.S. regulators say BNP, HSBC, RBS must rewrite living wills
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March 23, 2015
07:19 EDTMSCapital Link to hold a forum
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06:58 EDTRBSCitizens Financial announces 115M share secondary offering by RBS
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06:23 EDTRBSRBS set to sell more shares in Citizens, The Telegraph reports
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06:21 EDTRBSUBS in discussions to lease space from RBS in Connecticut, WSJ reports
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March 22, 2015
17:03 EDTRBSCitizens Financial could return 30%, Barron's says
Citizens Financial (CFG), a spinoff from RBS (RBS), could return 30% in the next two years, Barron's contends in a feature article. Shares trade at about a 20% discount to peers, the paper adds. Reference Link
March 19, 2015
11:53 EDTMSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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March 18, 2015
07:20 EDTRBSU.S. considers 'tearing up' non-prosecution deals with banks, Bloomberg says
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March 17, 2015
08:26 EDTRBSFreddie Mac, Fannie Mae begin legal battle against Nomura, RBS, NY Post says
Freddie Mac (FMCC) and Fannie Mae (FNMA) alleged in court proceedings Monday that they bought "bad" mortgages because they were mislead by banks, reports the New York Post, citing court arguments. Monday was the first day of the lawsuit against Nomura (NMR) and co-defendant Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) which seeks $1B in damages as well as the ability to return the securities to the banks. Lawyers presented internal bank emails that identified some mortgages as "crap" or from "extremely dysfunctional" lenders, while the banks alleged that they fully disclosed the poor quality of the products. Reference Link
March 16, 2015
14:08 EDTRBSEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
13:05 EDTMSMorgan Stanley's quarter not shaping up to be strong one, says Rafferty Capital
Rafferty Capital's Dick Bove said Morgan Stanley's current quarter is not shaping up to be a strong one. Bove said industry trade data from the NY Federal Reserve Bank is not that encouraging with fall offs in numbers in key categories. The analyst believes trading is flat to down overall in the quarter and investment banking its not fairing much better. Bove still views Morgan Stanley among his top picks for 2015 despite near-term issues.
12:33 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may be challenged in quarter, says Rafferty Capital
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March 13, 2015
15:40 EDTRBSDOJ sets $1B staring point in forex settlement talks with banks, Bloomberg says
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15:22 EDTRBSDOJ starts forex manipulation settlement talks at $1B per bank, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS), Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS) are said to be probed by U.S. over currency manipulation, Bloomberg says.
13:55 EDTRBSRBS favors Union Bancaire Privee in Coutts auction, Bloomberg says
RBS (RBS) has decided that Union Bancaire Privee is its preferred bidder for Coutts and a deal may be reached as soon as this month, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The sources say RBS is also considering Credit Suisse (CS) as well as a joint bid by Societe Generale (SCGLY) and DBS (DBSDY). The agreement has been held up by a German investigation of Coutts, the HSBC tax evasion scandal, and price negotiations due to the Swiss franc, said the sources. Reference Link
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