October 25, 2005 |
Private equity firm J.C. Flowers & Co. on Monday withdrew its bid for the futures brokerage business of Refco Inc. as other suitors joined the race, including a partnership of Los Angeles billionaire Ron Burkle and the Dubai government. Flowers pulled its $768-million bid after a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge said it must sharply reduce a break-up fee included in the deal. U.S. broker-dealer Interactive Brokers Group has made the highest known offer.
May 10, 2005 |
The online brokerage business may be on the verge of another big consolidation wave -- which also could mean a halt to ever-sliding stock trading commissions for small investors. Merger rumors involving three of the industry's largest brokerages began to swirl around Wall Street on Friday, and drove some of the players' stocks up sharply Monday. E-Trade Financial Corp., the third-biggest online broker ranked by daily trade volume, has sent a letter to No. 2-ranked Ameritrade Holding Corp.
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October 30, 2004 |
The University of California said Friday that brokerage firm Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc. has agreed to pay $222.5 million to settle a lawsuit by the university and other investors over the firm's role as an underwriter for Enron Corp., the onetime energy giant. UC lost $145 million on investments in Enron, which filed for bankruptcy protection in 2001 after a collapse that cost investors billions of dollars.
October 5, 2004 |
SG Cowen & Co. and 17 other brokerages agreed to pay about $1.2 million to settle allegations that they failed to report orders, the industry's self-regulatory group said Monday. New York-based SG Cowen, a unit of France's Societe Generale bank, will pay $800,000 to settle claims that it failed to report about 50 million orders to the NASD's auditing system over four years. The other firms will pay about $400,000 for similar violations, said the NASD, formerly known as the National Assn.
September 24, 2004 |
In a potential milestone in the Enron Corp. scandal, brokerage firm Lehman Bros. Holdings Inc. has agreed to pay $222.5 million to resolve a lawsuit filed by investors over its role as an underwriter for the onetime energy giant, people familiar with the settlement said. New York-based Lehman, accused of misleading investors in Enron debt offerings stretching back to 1998, wouldn't admit wrongdoing under the settlement, the sources said.
September 15, 2004 |
Brokerage Charles Schwab & Co. has agreed to pay a $350,000 civil fine to settle federal regulators' allegations that it illegally allowed certain customers to change mutual fund trade orders after the market's close. The settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Tuesday makes Schwab the first major discount brokerage to be penalized in the mutual fund trading scandal.
July 29, 2004 |
Charles Schwab Corp. said Wednesday that it planned to close 53 more branches and that it had laid off an additional 245 workers, beginning an upheaval that the brokerage firm telegraphed last week when it abruptly changed CEOs. The office closures represent 16% of Schwab's 339 branches across the country. The retreat will leave Schwab with fewer than 290 branches, down from about 400 three years ago.
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June 22, 2004 |
Donald W. Crowell, head of the independent investment brokerage Crowell, Weedon & Co. in Los Angeles since 1967, died Sunday at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena after a long illness. He was 69. Founded in 1932 by Crowell's father, Warren, and George Weedon, Crowell Weedon is one of the oldest and largest stock brokerages on the West Coast. The firm has nine customer offices, all in Southern California, and its 20,000 clients hold about $7 billion in assets.
February 18, 2004 |
Investors sent stocks sharply higher Tuesday as Cingular Wireless' $41-billion winning bid for AT&T Wireless Services set an upbeat tone on Wall Street, suggesting that corporate America is loosening its pocketbook strings. There also was encouraging economic news from the Federal Reserve, which reported a rebound in production at the nation's factories, mines and utilities last month. The 0.8% rise in industrial production matched forecasts and was welcome after a flat reading in December.
February 11, 2004 |
Charles Schwab Corp. said Tuesday that it would overhauling its services to individual investors to win more business from customers with $100,000 to $1 million in assets. "There is a glaring blind spot in serving that group," Chief Executive David Pottruck said at a briefing in New York. "Investors will have the ability to pay for the services they want and won't have to pay for the things they don't want."