And he’s not the only one suggesting consolidation. CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino sees it too.
“The problem is in the business model,” says Gasparino. “Will the independent investment bank survive and I think the answer is no. I think they need to merge with money-center banks.”
But Gasparino doesn't stop there. He takes his thesis a step further and names three investment banks he thinks have few ways to produce profits in the future.
“Lehman, Merrill and Morgan Stanley won’t admit but I think they know they have to merge,” says Gasparino. “The trouble is who will buy.”
I agree adds Karen Finerman. I think the Fed wants it and it could very well happen.
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