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Acquisition Bids For BankUnited

TD Bank Financial, a unit of Toronto-Dominion Bank and a group of private-equity firms, including Carlyle Group and Blackstone Group, along with billionaire investor Wilbur Ross have submitted bids for BankUnited Financial, a report says.

Bank Of England To Expand Stimulus Plan

The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee has agreed to expand its stimulus policy in order to boost the country’s economy. The bank has announced that it would increase its spending by £50 billion to £125 billion.

Huntington Announces $675m Capital Actions

Ohio-based Huntington Bancshares, a $52 billion bank holding company, has announced additional capital actions that are expected to add approximately $675 million in regulatory common equity.

PrivateBancorp Raises $217m In New Capital

PrivateBancorp has raised $217 million in new capital following the closure of the previously announced underwritten public offerings of newly issued common stock.

SCBT Returns CPP Funds To Treasury

SCBT Financial Corporation has become the first bank in the Carolinas, and one of the first twenty banks in the US to return the Capital Purchase Program (CPP) funds to the US Deparment of Treasury.

Lloyds Starts First Time Buyer Mortgage

Lloyds TSB has launched a 95% loan-to-value (LTV) mortgage for first-time home buyers with a rate of 4.39% fixed for three years, and a fee of £995. This is almost £100 a month less than the industry’s average of 90% mortgage rate of 5.98%.

Fifth Third Bancorp Chalks Out Capital Actions of $750m

Washington-based Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) announced two major capital transactions, which together are intended to more than meet its commitment towards increasing its Tier 1 common equity.

MoneyGram to provide cash payment services to We Energies's customers

MoneyGram International, a provider of global payment services, has announced an agreement with We Energies, the trade name of Wisconsin Electric Power Company, to enable its customers to make in-person cash payments at any of MoneyGram's agent locations in the US.

Bank of New York Mellon launches custody and trade settlement platform

The Bank of New York Mellon has launched a new universal custody and trade settlement platform, Global Environmental Markets, for carbon credits, to help customers manage credits through a single web-based interface.

ING reports Q1 net loss

Insurance business lines impacted by falling asset prices, net loss E824m

Deutsche Bank to acquire Dresdner Bank's agency securities lending business

The sale is a part of Commerzbank's strategy to focus on its core markets and activities

SunGard launches Investran CRM service

National Bank Financial Group adds new benefits to Platinum MasterCard

Santa Clara Valley Bank reports net loss in Q1

HSBC division implements Brilliance's credit portfolio management platform

Barclays announces half price home contents cover
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Hedge funds: challenges beyond regulations

As governments around the world scramble to reform the practices of the hedge fund industry, the EU has issued its plans for a comprehensive regulatory and supervisory framework for alternative investment funds in continental Europe. These regulatory changes pose real challenges to hedge funds, but the industry does not just have regulators to appease, it has investors to win back.

Barclays: giving out mixed signals

Although Barclays has reported profits of GBP826 million in the first quarter of 2009, increased impairment charges and write-downs on its loan book accompanied this strong performance. Despite trumpeting its impressive results, Barclays is looking to sell off key assets, suggesting that all is not well at the bank.

Australia: rates kept constant following signs of economic recovery

Citing signs of economic recovery, the Reserve Bank of Australia has elected to maintain interest rates at 3%. Despite falling house prices and expectations of rising unemployment in 2009, the stock market has picked up and there are some positive economic indications. However, the Reserve Bank must consider that banks may not pass on further rate cuts.

ATM outsourcing: a viable option for struggling banks

In the current economic environment, banks should carefully analyze the current and future total cost of ownership of their technology assets, and evaluate the outsourcing alternative. With a widespread lack of capital for costly upfront investments, renting ATM hardware and associated services becomes an attractive, and in some cases the only feasible, option to struggling banks.

UK Budget: higher taxes offer opportunities for wealth management

The government's introduction of a 50% income tax rate for those earning more than GBP150,000 is the latest move in what is being described by some as a 'war on wealth'. The clampdown is obviously bad news for the country's private banking industry, but change also brings opportunity. Wealth managers should now focus on financial planning and helping clients to minimize their tax burden.

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