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Tuesday Express: Visa buying Plaid; JPMorgan nets higher YOY in Q4'19

* Digital payments company Visa is set to buy fintech startup Plaid for $5.3 billion in a deal set to close in the next three to six months.

* JPMorgan posted net income applicable to common shareholders of $8.09 billion, or $2.57 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2019, up from $6.64 billion, or $1.98 per share, in the same quarter in 2018.

* Citigroup, Wells Fargo and First Republic Bank are also set to release their fourth-quarter and full-year 2019 earnings today.

* The Indian Supreme Court is letting the federal anti-money laundering agency seize the assets of JPMorgan's Indian unit for the bank's alleged role in Indian property developer Amrapali Group's diversion of $20 million worth of funds from realty projects, Bloomberg News reports.

* At home, JPMorgan has put Edward Koo, one of its senior credit traders, on leave while it finds out whether he violated company policies by using WhatsApp to communicate with colleagues, Bloomberg News reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

* Activist investor Driver Management Co. is urging shareholders of Richmond, Va.-based Community Bankers Trust to join its call for the company to sell itself to "one of the many logical acquirers in the marketplace."

* Meanwhile, activist hedge funds from Pershing to Blue Harbour posted gains in 2019 as they made fewer campaigns and focused on larger companies, Bloomberg News reports.

* The bonus culture is in its twilight on Wall Street as technology dawns on finance and forces changes in skillsets and payouts among bankers and traders, Bloomberg News reports.

* The Federal Reserve again could adjust its benchmark interest rate as the effective Fed funds rate fell to 1.54% on Jan. 10, only 4 basis points from the lower end of central bank's set target of 1.50% to 1.75% last December, Bloomberg News reports.

* The Federal Housing Administration might have to update its servicing processes to lure banks back into its program, American Banker reports, citing experts.

* A number of bankers foresee loan payoffs and refinancing to accelerate in 2020 amid tight competition and lower interest rates, American Banker reports.

* Citigroup is positive it could clinch business deals with big corporations, mainly among its existing clientele, in 2020, despite a gloomy corporate market amid geopolitical uncertainties and trade tensions, Reuters reports.

* The subcommittee on consumer protection and financial institutions under the U.S. House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing titled "The Community Reinvestment Act: Reviewing Who Wins and Who Loses with Comptroller Ottings Proposal" at 2 p.m. today.

*On the insurance front, Health Insurance Innovations has extended its ongoing strategic review process that may lead to a partial or full sale of the company.

*The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation has approved an Edison Insurance homeowner rate filing that served as the subject of a recent public hearing.

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