Jamie Dimon may be on the prowl. The JPMorgan chief, fresh from digesting Bear Stearns, has said that he anticipates more takeovers in the banking sector.
“I think the mark-to-market accounting makes it harder for a bank to buy a bank,” Dimon said in a conference call. “But it does not make it impossible. Certainly not for us.”
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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