August 18, 2009 |
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York plans to get along without the help of bond giant Pimco or Goldman Sachs Group as the central bank continues its massive purchases of mortgage-backed securities. The New York Fed on Monday said it had "streamlined" its 8-month-old, $1.25-trillion program to buy mortgage bonds from four investment managers to two. Saying the changes were "not performance related," the bank said it was retaining Wellington Management Co. and BlackRock Inc. Newport Beach-based Pacific Investment Management Co. and Goldman Sachs Asset Management will exit.
June 12, 2009 |
Money management giant BlackRock Inc. agreed Thursday to buy Barclays Global Investors -- including the iShares exchange-traded funds -- creating the world's biggest asset manager. The deal would boost BlackRock's assets to more than $2.7 trillion from $1.3 trillion, vaulting it well above its nearest rival, State Street Corp., which manages about $1.4 trillion. The takeover is a potential coup for 56-year-old BlackRock Chairman Larry Fink, a UCLA grad who founded the company in 1988.
March 25, 2009 |
Pasadena-based Western Asset Management cut 10% of its workforce Tuesday, joining the growing list of money managers that have slashed staff to cope with shrinking assets. Western, the nation's third-biggest manager of bonds and other fixed-income securities, said it cut 100 jobs worldwide, including at its headquarters on Colorado Boulevard.
December 11, 2007 |
Bank of America Corp. said Monday that it would liquidate a $12-billion cash fund for wealthy clients and institutions, the largest investment of its type to close because of losses tied to the collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market. The fund, Columbia Strategic Cash Portfolio, was sold as an alternative to money-market funds, offering a higher yield by taking more risk.
July 17, 2008 |
Merrill Lynch & Co., the nation's third-largest securities firm, dropped efforts to sell a stake in BlackRock Inc. and struck a deal instead to sell its 20% share of Bloomberg LP, according to people familiar with the decision. Merrill, poised to report a second-quarter loss today, stood to gain about $2 billion on its 49.8% stake in BlackRock, the nation's largest publicly traded fund manager, based on its current market value. BlackRock stock has fallen 17.
July 25, 2011 |
Wrangling over the U.S. debt ceiling and questions over corporate earnings mean markets are unlikely to get a break any time soon. Wall Street is set to end its worst three months in a year as July draws to a close this week after a roller coaster ride for markets. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rallied 6% in the run-up to reporting season, but earnings misses from big industrial names such as Rockwell Collins Inc. and Caterpillar Inc. weighed on the Dow and S&P 500 on Friday.
October 1, 2009 |
The Treasury Department's long-awaited attempt to deal with toxic mortgage securities cleared another hurdle as two of the nine fund managers selected to lead public-private partnerships to purchase the assets raised at least $500 million each. Invesco Ltd. and Los Angeles-based TCW Group Inc. have completed their initial fundraising from private investors, bringing in a total of $1.13 billion in capital commitments as part of the Public-Private Investment Program, the Treasury said Wednesday.
December 3, 2013 |
Proceed with a caution. The green light has turned yellow. That's what top equity strategists at T. Rowe Price, a major investment firm, are telling investors as this year's stock market rally shows little sign of easing. "We're starting to see signs of caution in the market," John Linehan, head of U.S. equities at T. Rowe Price, said at a media briefing in New York on Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average is up more than 21% for the year, while the broader Standard & Poor's 500 has rocketed 26% this year.
June 3, 2011 |
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and former Citigroup Inc. co-Chairman John Reed have been named to a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. panel that will help the agency map strategy for unwinding too-big-to-fail financial firms when they collapse. Volcker, who advised President Obama during negotiations over what became the Dodd-Frank Act, was named to the FDIC's 18-member Advisory Committee on Systemic Resolutions along with Reed and current executives including BlackRock Inc. fixed-income chief Peter Fisher.
November 3, 2010 |
Bank of America plans to sell more than half its stake in BlackRock Inc., the companies said Wednesday, putting an end to months of speculation about how the bank would begin to reduce its big investment in the world's largest asset manager. Under the share sale, BlackRock plans to sell some 42 million shares, allowing Bank of America and PNC Financial Services Group to reduce their stakes in the New York firm. BlackRock shares fell as much as 5.1% on Wednesday as analysts said it could be somewhat cumbersome for the company to push so many shares into the market.