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Morgan Stanley to Spin Off Prop Trading [CNBC] After months of speculation—and non-denial denials—it's official: "Morgan Stanley will spin off its proprietary trading business into an independent firm in 2012, joining a host of Wall Street banks scrambling to comply with new rules that bar making market bets with their own capital. The unit, known internally as process driven trading, will be named PDT Advisers and will be run by Morgan Stanley's proprietary trading chief, Peter Muller. "
Treasuries Up—Again—On Eurozone Debt Deterioration [Bloomberg] "Treasury 10-year note yields fell for a third straight day for the first time since November amid concern about a bailout for Portugal, and as it joins Spain and Italy in plans to borrow at least $43 billion this week. Two-year note yields touched the lowest in almost five weeks as the cost of insuring Portuguese bonds against default rose to a record. Treasuries yields extended a drop from Jan. 7, after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said the labor- market recovery will be gradual and a report showed the nation’s employers added fewer jobs than forecast. The Fed bought $7.79 billion in Treasuries due from February 2018 to August 2020 as part of its plan to spur the economy."
The barrage of reports from strategists on what investors should expect in 2011 has finally subsided and now, Birinyi Associates has issued a report on the reports. In a brief paper called, “Themes and Stocks for 2011” Birinyi analysts have waded through the verbiage of Wall Street’s strategists and came away with a few nuggets of note.
Proponents of quantitative easing sometimes offer inflation risk assurances in the vaguest of terms.
Such as: "When the time comes, the Fed has the facility to rapidly soak up the excess liquidity in the system."
Earlier in the day, I wrote about recent data backing the success of quantitative easing in avoiding an outright deflationary scenario for the economy. In my piece, I picked up on an article by John McDermott, writing for the Financial Times blog Alphaville.
A complaint filed by the SEC today alleges that Robert Feinblatt—a principle and cofounder of Trivium Capital Management—engaged in insider trading in Google stock, as well as in the stocks of other tech companies.
The complaint alleges that Feinblatt, along with Trivium analyst Jeffrey Yokuty and others, engaged in insider trading based on information from an "investor relations consulting firm" called Market Street Partners.
The business section of Sunday’s New York Times yesterday asked “Is Law School A Losing Game?” in its lead story.
It's the story NetNet has reported three times since December 31. "Getting Schooled In Law Loans ," "Law Degree, Never Used, For Sale On eBay ," and "Unused Law Degree: $200k On eBay, Going Once, Going Twice... ."
The glut of law graduates, paired with a struggling economy, is creating severe financial distress among the group. Many graduates owe far more than $100,000 in private loans.
Although it’s only been a couple of days since the Massachusetts Supreme Court handed down its ruling in the “Ibanez” case, analysts are already announcing that it won’t be as big of a deal as it might seem.
I don’t share their confidence.
It’s been five days since the last release of diplomatic cables from WikiLeaks. That last round of cables hit on January 5th.
This is the longest silence since WikiLeaks began.
New data appears to support the theory that quantitative easing is working.
Fed Vice Chair Janet Yellen delivered a speech this weekend where she presented new data from a working paper drafted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
"Is the program actually proving effective? My short answer is yes," she said.
John McDermott, writing for the Financial Times blog Alphaville , excerpts and analyzes Yellen's source material.
Former Rep. Paul Kanjorski may have been a victim of the November electoral “shellacking” handed out to him and his fellow Democrats, but in his mind he took one big prize down with him: JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.
Kanjorski, a 13-term Democrat and senior Finance Committee member from northeastern Pennsylvania, bragged in a recent interview with local media that he took on the omnipotent Dimon and won.
CNBC's Patti Domm and Jeff Cox discuss the jobs report and the current dilemma of long-term unemployment.
CNBC's Patti Domm and Jeff Cox discuss the recent GDP numbers and what factors have been affecting it.
Investors give and investors take away, and nowhere has that been more true lately than in value stocks.
Even after the Dow and the S&P 500 closed at new all-time highs, closely followed contrarian Marc Faber keeps sounding the alarm.
Eugene Fama, the University of Chicago investing researcher, once again warned investors against the lure of active management.
Fares Noujaim, an executive vice chairman at Bank of America has left the company abruptly.