With narrowing margins and a growing regulatory burden, there are many reasons for small banks to throw in the towel and sell to competitors.
Prospective bank buyers are outweighing sellers, signaling that after a big lull in U.S. bank M&A last year, the market may revive in 2012.
The Treasury Department's pay czar has called out 17 companies that took a bailout, then gave their employees lavish payments during the financial crisis.
Citigroup and Goldman Sachs are among 17 companies said to have made lavish and unmerited payouts, reports the New York Times.
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Charles Bobrinskoy, vice chairman and director of research at Ariel Investments and Marc Harris, co-head of Global Research at RBC Capital Markets shared their insights on where to invest in a low volume environment and what investors should be watching for next week.
Many financials are up sharply from the bottom in March — but still down substantially from where they were a year ago. Anton Schutz, portfolio manager at Burnham Financial Funds, and Tom Brown, CEO of Bankstocks.com, told investors where to invest in the financial sector.