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Wealth management in Chicago is a booming business

October 23, 2006

CHICAGO - Any doubts about Chicago's being the center of affluence in the United States can be dispelled quickly by a short walk around the city's booming downtown "loop," with its jaw-dropping number of entire city blocks filled with towering...

BofA drops brokerage bombshell

October 16, 2006

Bank of America Corp.'s brokerage bombshell last week was the financial services world's equivalent of a sumo wrestler doing a cannonball into the lap lane of the neighborhood pool. By offering as many as 30 online equity trades a month with...

Economists clash on effect of housing slide

October 9, 2006

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke last week conceded that the housing sector is undergoing a "substantial correction" that is likely to take about "a percentage point off growth in the second half of the year." A number of investors...

JPMorgan #2 on hedge fund hit parade

September 27, 2006

JPMorgan Chase now lags only behind Goldman Sachs on the list of the largest hedge fund managers in the U.S., according to published reports. The New York-based investment bank currently has $28.8 billion in assets under management in its hedge...

NYMEX cautioned Amaranth on energy bets

September 27, 2006

The dramatic losses experienced by the Greenwich, Conn.-based hedge fund Amaranth Advisors LLC could have been avoided had they heeded the warning of The New York Mercantile Exchange, according to published reports. The exchange told Amaranth...

More mergers predicted in banking and insurance

September 25, 2006

NEW YORK - Don't be fooled by the recent lull in major mergers-and-acquisitions activity in the banking and insurance sectors, as more deals may be around the corner, industry observers said at the CreditSights annual investor conference here...

Class action expected against JPMorgan

September 18, 2006

Class action expected against JPMorgan A federal class action is expected to be filed in Chicago next week alleging that JPMorgan Chase & Co. of New York is breaching its fiduciary responsibility by assigning trust, guardianship, estate and...

JPMorgan buys retirement services firm

September 6, 2006

by Polya Lesova The retirement plan subsidiary of JPMorgan Chase is acquiring CCA Strategies LLC, a benefits and compensation consulting firm based in Chicago. CCA employs 200 people and provides a variety of consulting services including retirement,...

J.P. Morgan buys Pier 1 card unit for $155M

August 31, 2006

by David Jones J.P.Morgan Chase & Co. agreed to buy the private label credit card operations from Pier 1 Imports Inc. for $155 million, according to Crain's New York Business. J.P. Morgan Chase will offer credit and customer service benefits...

Need a CEO? A job description for advisory firms

August 28, 2006

As financial advisory firms grow in size, so does the need for increased business sophistication. To that end, the position of chief executive is emerging. Industry studies indicate that larger practices are becoming more profitable than small...

Betting on consolidation in financial services

August 28, 2006

The Burnham Financial Services Fund (BURKX) may be emerging from its rough patch. Year-to-date through Thursday, the $137 million fund climbed 7.4%, a full 2.2 percentage points ahead of the average financial services fund tracked by Morningstar...

A swig of low inflation gives Wall St. relief

August 21, 2006

That loud sigh of relief from Wall Street last week can be traced back to the release of the latest consumer price statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which strongly suggested inflation was slowing. Excluding energy and food prices,...

Manager's appetite is bigger than fund's stomach

August 21, 2006

One of the biggest challenges Edmond Sheidlower has faced lately as manager of the Bryce Capital Value Fund is dealing with the growing backlog of stocks he would like to add to the portfolio. At latest count, there were 49 stocks on his watch...

Wall St. bonuses to bring holiday cheer

August 14, 2006

Wall Street year-end bonuses will rise 15% this year, especially for investment bankers and equities traders, due to merger activity and rising stocks, according to published reports. Banker benefits will likely increase 25%, while equities...

Wachovia and UBS lift Morgan advisers

August 9, 2006

Wachovia Securities and UBS Wealth Management USA hired a pair of long-time brokers from Morgan Stanley last week, according to published reports. The brokers: Terence Brennan, in Portland, Ore. and Jeffrey Kelly joined Charlotte, N.C.-based...

Helping kids become financially literate

August 7, 2006

It is no secret that Americans aren't at the top of their game when it comes to saving and investing. In fact, more than 75 million Americans are "credit challenged and unbanked," according to a recent report by Congress. What's more, the personal...

Socialite's alleged woes show planning is key

August 7, 2006

CHICAGO - The allegations of neglect concerning Brooke Astor demonstrate that even the superwealthy aren't immune to the pitfalls of inadequate financial planning. The contentious, and unusually public, fight over the care of the 104-year-old...

Banks to pay $99M in Global Crossing case

July 26, 2006

Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, along with several other investment banks, have agreed to pay $99 million to settle a class action lawsuit regarding their positions as underwriters for the collapsed telecommunications...

Stock options: Synonymous with scandal?

July 24, 2006

Are backdated stock options the "new" improperly traded mutual funds? Federal prosecutors Thursday filed criminal charges against Gregory Reyes, the chief executive of San Jose, Calif.-based Brocade Communications Systems Inc. until January,...

AssetMark-Genworth combo to aim for No. 1 spot

July 10, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO - Although AssetMark Investment Services Inc. is being swallowed up by Genworth Financial Inc., it plans to wreak more havoc than ever on competitors in the turnkey-asset-management-program arena. Ronald Cordes, chairman of Pleasant...

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