WASHINGTON — New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley came under fire on Friday from Democratic senators who blasted the bank for lax oversight of major financial institutions.
“Is there a cultural problem at the New York Fed? I think the evidence suggests that there is,” said Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a frequent critic of the big banks who is seen as a possible 2016 presidential candidate.
“Change has to come from the top,” she added. “Either you need to fix it Mr. Dudley or we have to get someone who will.”
By Simon Johnson
Experienced Wall Street executives and traders concede, in private, that Bank of America is not well run and that Citigroup has long been a recipe for disaster. But they always insist that attempts to re-regulate Wall Street are misguided because risk-management has become more sophisticated – everyone, in this view, has become more like Jamie Dimon, head of JP Morgan Chase, with his legendary attention to detail and concern about quantifying the downside.
Germany recently made big news by announcing its plan to bring home part of its massive gold reserves. By retrieving 300 tons from New York and all 374 tons from Paris, 19% of its holdings – $36 billion worth – will be repatriated. By 2020, Deutsche Bundesbank expects to have 50% of its gold reserves stored in its Frankfurt vaults.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co. has expanded into the physical commodity markets aggressively over the past five years, first with the purchase of Bear Stearns in 2008 and most significantly with a $1.7 billion deal to buy RBS Sempra's global oil and metals business in 2010.
Today’s AM fix was USD 1,688.00, EUR 1,269.08, and GBP 1063.58 per ounce.Friday’s AM fix was USD 1,690.00, EUR 1,265.82and GBP 1,060.49 per ounce. Gold was up 1.26% for the week and silver was up 4.60%. Gold fell $2.80 or 0.17% in New York on Friday and closed at $1,684.10/oz. Silver surged to a high of $32.11 before it also edged off, but it still finished with a gain of 0.47%.
Investment banking giant Goldman Sachs beat Wall Street analysts' earnings estimates. The bank's fourth quarter EPS came in at $4.60 compared with $5.60 in the fourth quarter for 2012. On average, analysts polled by Bloomberg expected the bank to post adjusted earnings per share of $4.18. Revenue for Q4 was $8.78 billion.
Dealbook's Susanne Craig has a piece today about Goldman Sachs president/COO Gary Cohn calling him the "Prince Charles of Wall Street" because sources say he's growing restless waiting for Lloyd Blankfein to move aside so he can be CEO (a.k.a. the king).
Editor’s Note: H. Rodgin Cohen is a partner and senior chairman of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP focusing on acquisition, corporate governance, regulatory and securities law matters. This post is based on a Sullivan & Cromwell LLP publication by Andrew R. Gladin.