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The Wednesday Express: North American financials

*JPMorgan Chase & Co. announces earnings today.

*About 30 jobs were cut at JPMorgan's Asia-Pacific wealth management unit inthe week of April 11, a source told Bloomberg News.

*Citigroup Inc. is set to layoff 70 traders and salespeople in London in April, according to aseparate report by Bloomberg News, citing an anonymous source.

* Asource told Reuters that Citi has decided to put a stop to the securitization of Prosper MarketplaceInc.'s online loans.

*The U.S. Government Accountability Office called on the FDIC and the Federal Reserve to improvetransparency and timeliness in processes used to review resolution plans filedby companies.

*Sources told The Wall Street Journalthat the Federal Reserve and the FDIC are preparing to hand down their findingson the largest U.S. banks' resolution plans as early as this week.

*Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. said it has acquired Insurance Plans Agency Inc., a SouthBarrington, Ill.-based retail insurance broker.

*Exencial Wealth Advisors LLC, meanwhile, announced the of Netting & Pace CPAs,a San Antonio-based accounting and wealth management company.

*Twila Gregg, president and COO of Blue Springs, Mo.-based America's CommunityBank, along with Richard Gregg, intends to acquire 25% or more of the shares of Urich Bancorp Inc.

*Cern Basher, who left Madison Wealth Management in January, last week launchedinvestment advisory firm Brilliant Advice, the Cincinnati Business Courier reports.

*Max Levchin raised $100million for Affirm, his consumer lending startup, bringing Affirm's totalfinancing to about $425 million, Reuters reports.

*Online lending platform Pave completed an $8million series A round of equity investment.

*Fitch Ratings affirmed the AAA long-term foreign and local currencyissuer default ratings of the U.S., with a stable outlook.

* OnCapitol Hill, the Committee on Financial Services will meet in opensession today and subsequent days if necessary, to consider the followingmeasures: An amendment in the nature of a substitute to H.R. 1486, the"Taking Account of Bureaucrats' Spending Act of 2015;" and H.R. 4894,to repeal Title II of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer ProtectionAct, and for other purposes.

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