This week's editors' picks include a data dispatch on Asian-American banks' M&A activity, an interview with a former Wall Street executive, and a feature on the LaSalle Hotel-Blackstone deal.
Seeking yield, US banks maintain sizable exposure to longer-dated bonds
Perhaps finally heeding to regulatory concerns, U.S. banks reduced their exposure to longer-dated bonds in the first quarter. But the positions remain elevated, limiting opportunities to put funds to work at higher rates.
Asian-American bank deals re-emerge in Q2
Deals are heating up among Asian-American designated banks, with two of the nation's prominent institutions announcing transactions since April.
Diversity has declined at some of Wall Street's biggest banks, Krawcheck says
Sallie Krawcheck, who was once an executive at some of the largest U.S. banks, thinks diversity at the top of the U.S. banking industry has worsened in recent years.
Fed makes it easier for US banks to comply with rule guarding against contagion
The Federal Reserve has finished its work on a rule to limit how overexposed big banks can become to other companies, though it made some changes that makes the regulation simpler.
LaSalle Hotel-Blackstone deal offers upfront payment, lucrative i-bank payday
LaSalle Hotel Properties' deal with Blackstone Group LP offered the sell-side advisers, Citigroup Global Markets Inc. and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, fees that were not tied to the fairness opinion or the transaction's close.