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Accounting giant KPMG has terminated six employees—including the head of its US audit practice—after learning that they were given “improper warnings” ahead of planned audit inspections by the Public Company Accounting...more

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Prepaid card company NetSpend has reached a $53 million settlement with the FTC to resolve claims that the company “deceived customers about when and whether they could access money they deposited on its reloadable debit...more

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As anticipated (and hinted-at forcefully by its officials), the Fed raised the benchmark interest rate yesterday to a range nearing 1 percent, a move that signals the slow end to the body’s nine-year stimulus effort....more

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Another tech-related disappointment for the Winklevii, this time with ramifications for an entire means of payment, as the SEC has rejected an application by the brothers to create an ETF tied to the price of bitcoin....more

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It’s been far from a smooth ride for Uber over the past few weeks. And Friday’s revelation that the ride-sharing company’s been using a tool called “Greyball” to mine and use app data to “deceive the authorities in markets...more

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SoftBank’s been burning up the deal scene in recent months (Fortress, anyone?), and it keeps right on rolling by helping orchestrate the merger of satellite operator and investee OneWeb with Intelsat in a bid to increase...more

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A review of the Fed minutes released yesterday shows the willingness of some Fed Governors to start rate raising again sooner rather than later....more

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Activist investor Carl Icahn has taken a sizeable stake in Bristol-Myers Squibb, a move that reportedly caught execs at the drugmaker unawares and sets the stage for a potential sale....more

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Snap Inc. filed its first public prospectus yesterday in advance of its fast-approaching offering date, playing up the strength of its ad revenue in just two short years as part of its pitch for big-time value....more

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The CFPB has ordered UniRush (purveyor of the RushCard prepaid debit card) and its payment processor, MasterCard, to fork over $13 million in fines after a breakdown last year that blocked thousands of customers from...more

Quarterly Investment Update - 4th Quarter 2016

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ECONOMIC REVIEW AND OUTLOOK - In this past year we were reminded again to expect the unexpected: The well-established political classes in the U.K., the U.S. and Italy learned that democracy was their Achilles’ heel, and...more

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We learned about Navient and its allegedly trouble-filled student-loan servicing practices yesterday. Turns out the issues are not only long-standing, but they bear similarities to the mortgage-lending issues that were at...more

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The emissions cheating scandal that recently cost VW $4.3 billion and a mess of criminal indictments isn’t, it seems, confined to the Germans. We heard months ago about a similar probe into Mitsubishi, and yesterday we...more

What Will Interest Rates Do in 2017?

Our good friends at HJ Sims Investments recently published their “Market Outlook” for 2017, which features some interesting speculation on where interest rates will go under a Trump Administration....more

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The December 22 announcement that Deutsche Bank had settled with the DOJ over long-standing RMBS-related claims and investigations for a reported $7.2 billion prompted this Times long-read that traced the Icarus-like rise and...more

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As anticipated, the Fed raised its benchmark interest yesterday (for only the second time since the 2008 financial crisis) to somewhere between .5 and .75 percent and, perhaps more critically, revealed its expectation for...more

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In the ongoing battle over almost $38 billion in securities at issue in post-crisis-era lawsuits, the big banks are pushing hard for appellate courts to blow up the Firrea extender provision and find that the DOJ waited too...more

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The latest on the AT&T/Time Warner deal, including its place in the “ambitious climb” of AT&T’s CEO, Randall Stephenson [NYTimes] and a conversation with one of the deal’s vocal political opponents, Sen. Al Franken....more

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Some thoughts—from Chair Yellen, herself—about why, despite pretty strong economic indicators for a pretty long time now, the Fed hasn’t begun to raise rates again....more

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Holding companies appear to be an important new feature of the “living will” revisions the big banks have been making in an effort to appease the Fed and FDIC’s efforts to stamp out “too big to fail” entities. The idea is for...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.29.16

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OPEC has reached a tentative deal among its 14 member nations to “modestly cut” their oil output toward the end of the year in an effort to shore up sagging oil prices–an announcement that immediately sent global oil prices...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.21.16

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Testifying before the Senate Banking Committee yesterday, Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf admitted that the illegal sham-account-creation activity at the heart of its recent SEC fine may have begun earlier than first reported....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 9.13.16

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In a closely watched and dissected speech yesterday, Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard told the crowd gathered at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs that she favored “prudence” in raising rates despite recent signs of...more

Fed Likely To Hold Steady on Interest Rates as New Jobs Fall Short of Expectations

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics released its August employment statistics this morning. The numbers fell short of the 165,000 – 185,000 total non-farm job increases expected by markets. The BLS Release at 8:30 AM DST...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.25.16

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The bids are all in, and Verizon’s the big winner. Well, both “big” and “winner” are relative, especially with news of a brutal Q2 for Marissa Mayer and her crew, but nevertheless, Yahoo’s core business is now Verizon’s in...more

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