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Street Talk | Episode 98: Regulatory scrutiny having cooling effect on community bank M&A


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Street Talk | Episode 97: Recessionary fears still keeping bank investors on the sidelines


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Financial services and insurance, editors' picks

Editors' picks for the week include a story on Navient's private education refinance loans and Kemper striking a $1.4 billion deal to acquire Infinity Property & Casualty.

US tax reform may prompt life underwriters to alter reinsurance strategy

A provision in the recently enacted Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may impact how life insurers use offshore affiliated reinsurance in 2018. The Base Erosion and Anti-Abuse, or BEAT, excise tax imposes a tax on premiums sent to affiliated insurers not domiciled in the U.S. for the purposes of avoiding paying U.S. taxes. The new tax will raise costs for some insurers that cede premiums to offshore affiliates.

Navient's private education refi loan securitizations begin in Earnest

Navient Corp.'s plans to securitize private education refinance loans are off to a good start, three months after the company closed on its acquisition of Earnest Operations LLC.

Merger would end anxious wait for investors in WaMu successor company

WMIH Corp.'s announcement that it plans to acquire Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc. came a month past the original deadline that WMIH set to repay investors with an acquisition or stock conversion, and a month later than some large investors were willing to wait.

Kemper hopes to expand nonstandard auto biz footprint with $1.4B Infinity deal

Kemper Corp. wants to become a leader in the nonstandard auto insurance business with a $1.4 billion deal to acquire Infinity Property & Casualty Corp.

Whistleblower claims 'pervasive flaw' allowing for manipulation of Cboe's VIX

Alleged manipulation of the stock market's closely watched volatility gauge has robbed investors of billions of dollars in profits, according to a Feb. 12 letter penned by attorneys representing an anonymous whistleblower.