Receiving Wide Coverage ... More pressure on Wells: Two Democrat senators, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Robert Menendez of New Jersey, asked Wells Fargo's chairman if the board had sufficiently questioned Timothy Sloan about his knowledge of the bank's phony accounts scandal before appointing him chief executive officer. "It is difficult to believe that he had no knowledge of or bears no responsibility for the actions of thousands of Wells Fargo employees creating fake accounts," the
Receiving Wide Coverage ... More trouble for Wells: The California Department of Justice has launched a criminal investigation into Wells Fargo to determine if bank employees engaged in criminal identity theft and false impersonation to open accounts for customers without their permission. "There is probable cause to believe that employees of Wells Fargo Bank unlawfully accessed the bank's computer system to obtain the PII [personally identifiable information] of customers," the state's affidavit said. "The bank's employees
Breaking News This Morning ... Morgan Stanley beats estimates: Morgan Stanley reported a third quarter profit of $1.6 billion, or 81 cents a share, up 57% from $1.02 billion, or 48 cents a share, in the year ago period. That easily beat the median Street forecast of 63 cents. Revenue rose 15% to $8.91 billion from $7.77 billion, also beating analysts' estimates of $8.17 billion. As with its peers on Wall Street, which reported earlier, the
Breaking News This Morning ... Goldman's earnings soar: Goldman Sachs's third quarter earnings jumped 47% versus the year-ago period as trading revenue rose 17%. The bank earned $2.09 billion, or $4.88 a share, easily beating analysts' estimates of $3.82 a share. A year earlier it earned $1.43 billion, or $2.90 a share. Revenue rose 19% to $8.17 billion from $6.86 billion, well above Street forecasts of $7.42 billion. Return on equity climbed to 11.2%, up from
Breaking News This Morning B of A beats: Bank of America reported earnings of $4.96 billion, or 41 cents a share, for the third quarter, compared to $4.62 billion, or 38 cents a share, in the same period of 2015. That beat analyst estimates of 34 cents a share. Revenue rose about 3% to $21.6 billion, beating Street forecasts of $20.97 billion. Receiving Wide Coverage ...
Breaking News This Morning ... Earnings season opens: Analysts are expecting a "downbeat" third quarter from U.S. banks, which began reporting earnings results on Friday. The combined profits for the big six banks are expected to fall about 9% to $20.1 billion compared to the same period last year, the Financial Times says. One reason is a 0.1% decline in business lending. "Although small, the contraction from the prior quarter is the first such drop in
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Stumpf leaves: Wells Fargo chairman and CEO John Stumpf announced Wednesday he is retiring immediately, as was widely expected following the bank's phony accounts scandal. "The toppling of Mr. Stumpf, 63 years old and just shy of his 10th year as CEO, marks a stunning comedown for a firm that largely passed through the financial crisis unscathed and which was seen as a reliable Main Street lender," the Wall Street Journal commented.
Receiving Wide Coverage ... CFPB loses appeal: A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the CFPB's structure, in which an unusual amount of power and autonomy is invested in a single director, is unconstitutional and ordered its powers be curbed. "If it stands, the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia would reduce the agency's independence, empowering the White House to supervise the agency and remove its director, in contrast to
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Wells names senior team: Wells Fargo announced several management appointments Monday even as it continues to try to manage the fallout from its phony accounts scandal. Avid Modjtabai, who previously led consumer lending at the bank, has been named head of a new payments, digital and innovation group. Franklin Codel was named to replace her as head of consumer lending. The two managers were named by President and COO Timothy J. Sloan,
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Deutsche's battle plan: Embattled Deutsche Bank said it was cutting another 1,000 full-time positions in Germany, on top of the 3,000 cuts it announced back in June. Separately, the Financial Times reports Deutsche is working on a public spinoff of a minority stake in its asset management division in order to boost capital. Any IPO would come only after it reaches a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over allegations it sold
Wall Street Journal Rules for payment apps: Mobile payment apps like PayPal's Venmo and Alphabet's Google Wallet will be covered by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new rules covering prepaid debit cards. While prepaid cards and mobile payment apps serve mostly different demographics and do different things, "the CFPB views the products as requiring similar types of oversight to ensure customers' money is safe," the Wall Street Journal reported. The payment app providers had objected to
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Out of the shadows: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed disclosure and consumer protection rules for prepaid debit cards. Under the proposal, which would take effect in a year, prepaid cards would be required to carry a standardized disclosure of the card's monthly fee as well as details on fees for cash withdrawals, customer service calls, overdrafts and reloads. The cards would also have to provide the same liability protection that applies
Receiving Wide Coverage ... More pain for Wells: Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said he plans to introduce a bill that would prevent Wells Fargo from forcing customers to use arbitration clauses if they challenge the bank for opening bank accounts without their permission, a move that would make it easier for customers to sue the bank for any damages they may have incurred as a result. "Giving customers back their right to take Wells Fargo to
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Deutsche's turn in the hot seat: Deutsche Bank replaced Wells Fargo as the financial world's favorite whipping boy, at least over the weekend. The Financial Times reports that Germany's deputy chancellor and economics minister, Sigmar Gabriel, "launched a blistering attack" on Deutsche's CEO John Cryan after Cryan last week blamed "forces in the market" for trying to destabilize the bank. "I didn't know whether I should laugh or be furious that a
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Run on Deutsche?: Deutsche Bank shares were under pressure again Friday morning as several large, influential hedge funds moved to pull their money out of the bank, creating what some fear is a Lehman Brothers-type run. But CEO John Cryan told staff the bank has "strong foundations" and urged them not to be distracted by "distorted perception from outside." He said there are "currently some forces at play in the market that
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Call in the SEC: Three Democratic senators, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate whether Wells Fargo "violated laws by misleading investors and firing whistleblowers while the bank oversaw the creation of millions of unauthorized, fraudulent accounts," according to the Wall Street Journal. The situation at Wells does "justify an investigation into at least three types of securities law violations," according to the letter the
Breaking News This Morning ... Deutsche sells insurer: Deutsche Bank, which is under heavy pressure to raise capital, said Wednesday it sold its Abbey Life insurance unit to Phoenix Group Holdings for $1.22 billion. The bank's stock, which hit a 33-year low earlier this week, as it faces a potential $14 billion penalty in the U.S. for allegedly selling toxic mortgage-backed securities, in addition to other problems, including a failed stress test and weak quarterly earnings.
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Good news, bad news: Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo had some good news and some bad news for U.S. commercial banks on Monday. First, he said the Fed is proposing easing stress-test requirements for banks with less than $250 billion in assets that don't engage in significant nonbank or international activity. But the central bank is also considering a separate proposal, to be issued sometime next year, that would have the effect
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Backwater no longer: Payment systems have long been a backwater of finance, but all that is changing, the Financial Times says in a special report on "The Payments Revolution." While the expansion of online shopping and mobile payment devices has spurred massive growth, "the industry is entering a period of extreme disruption. The dominant players — the banks and credit card companies — face an uncertain future. A fast-growing group of upstart
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Another day, another woe: The pressure on Wells Fargo continues to increase. Eight Democrat senators Thursday asked the Labor Department to open an investigation into the bank's workplace practices. Specifically, the senators, led by Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., asked the department's Wage and Hour Division to examine whether Wells "aggressively skirted" overtime laws and failed to properly compensate its lower-level employees. Labor said it was taking "very seriously" complaints about how the bank
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Round Two: Congress isn't through with Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf just yet. Following his pummeling before the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday, Stumpf has been asked to testify before the House Financial Services Committee next week on the bank's phony accounts scandal. The New York Times' Gretchen Morgenson says Wells' recent behavior was no surprise to attorneys who battled the bank in mortgage foreclosure cases after the housing meltdown. "During the financial crisis,
Receiving Wide Coverage ... How long?: Wells Fargo CEO John G. Stumpf told the Senate Banking Committee the bank's pervasive pattern of illegally opening banking accounts without its customers' permission may have gone on even longer than previously believed. "Although the bank has traced the illegal account openings to 2011, it is investigating whether they may have begun even sooner," Stumpf told the panel, according to the New York Times. Stumpf said he found about the
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Deeply sorry: Wells Fargo CEO John G. Stumpf will tell the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday that he is "deeply sorry" the bank opened bank accounts and credit cards for customers without permission and that he takes "full responsibility" for scandal, according to his prepared opening remarks that were obtained by the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Stumpf will strike "a decidedly contrite tone" before the committee, the Times said. "I
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Too much pressure: Wells Fargo's sales culture "rooted itself so deeply … that it eventually spiraled out of control," the Wall Street Journal reports. "Questionable sales tactics … were an open secret in Wells Fargo branches across the country," according to interviews the paper conducted with more than three dozen current and former employees, from area presidents down to tellers. "Many branch managers routinely monitored employees' progress toward meeting sales goals, sometimes
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Opening bid: The Justice Department has proposed that Deutsche Bank pay $14 billion to settle a series of mortgage-backed securities investigations dating back to the financial crisis, "a number that would rank among the largest of what other banks have paid to resolve similar claims and is well above what investors have been expecting," the Wall Street Journal reported. The figure is preliminary, and it's unclear how much of that proposed amount
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Wells probed: Federal prosecutors in at least three districts have begun investigating Wells Fargo's sales practices in the wake of last week's $185 million settlement. The Wall Street Journal reported that federal prosecutors in Manhattan and San Francisco sent subpoenas to the bank. The investigation "is focusing on whether someone senior within the bank directed employees to falsify documents in conjunction with the opening of accounts and products without consumers' knowledge or
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Blame game: Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf and CFO John Shrewsberry both tried to deflect blame for the company's phony accounts scandal. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Stumpf "appeared to lay blame for the problems with the employees involved than with any flaw in Wells Fargo's systems or culture."
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Stumpf to the Hill: The Senate Banking Committee plans to question Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf as pressure on the bank grows in light of the unauthorized accounts scandal. Several Wells executives are scheduled to brief panel members Tuesday prior to the hearing, which is scheduled for September 20. "Clearly there is a disconnect between whatever Mr. Stumpf was telling the public and what was actually going on at Wells Fargo —
Receiving Wide Coverage ... It ain't over...: Wells Fargo's settlement last week didn't end its woes. While the bank was making apologies, officials were assessing the situation. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., a member of the Senate Banking Committee, called on the panel to hold hearings to find out exactly what happened. A member of the Federal Reserve Board also weighed in. "What I have seen is that too many banks, instead of putting in place a
Receiving Wide Coverage ... Incentive to cheat?: Wells Fargo was hit with the largest penalty in the history of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to settle charges that thousands of employees created unauthorized bank and credit card accounts for customers in order to collect bonuses for themselves. The company fired 5,300 employees as a result. The bank agreed to pay a $185 million regulatory enforcement action plus another $5 million in customer remediation. Wells' own analysis
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