Business_news Inside Citi’s exec shakeup — Chime’s latest round — Buy now, pay later’s future


Michael Corbat, left, CEO of Citigroup, and Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, testify during a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Rayburn Building titled “Holding Megabanks Accountable: A Review of Global Systemically Important Banks 10 years after the Financial Crisis,” on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

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Last week it was a new chief executive at a major Wall Street bank. Now a possible bank mega-merger is on the radar.

UBS Group and credit Suisse Group AG are reportedly exploring the idea of merging,as first reported by Inside Paradeplatz

UBS Chairman Axel Weber, in particular, is reportedly the one leading the potential deal,the story states, with a possible agreement as soon as early next 2021.

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Business_newsInside Citi’s executive shakeup

Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup Michael Corbat speaks at a European Financial Forum event in Dublin, Ireland February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne

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The big news of last week was the announcement that Citi CEO Michael Corbat would retire in February 2021, handing the reins to Jane Fraser, the bank’s president. 

Dakin Campbell has the inside storyon the lead up to the announcement, specifically the pressure Corbat faced from regulators about getting Citi’s risk, compliance, and technology systems under control. 

Dakin, as always, was super sourced up on this,chatting with seven insidersabout how the entire thing shook out. 

Click here to read the full story.

Business_newsUS neobank Chime could be set to more than double its valuation to as much as $15 billion in just 9 months with a major new funding round


Chris Britt Chime CEO


When it comes to investing in fintechs, the rich keep getting richer.Callum Burroughs and I have a scoopon digital bank Chime closing in on raising a mega round that could value the companyas high as $15 billion, more than double the price tag it nabbed just nine months ago.Click here for the full story.

Business_newsInside the buy now, pay later explosion: here’s why 2020’s red-hot financing trend is attracting millions of users and being embraced by everyone from PayPal to Goldman Sachs

Afterpay partners with buzzy brands like Boohoo to offer BNPL online.

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Buy now, pay later has taken the payments world by storm this year.Shannen Balogh mapped out all the big newsthat’s happened over the past six months, along with looking at what the red-hot space can expect next.Check out the story here.

Business_newsBank of America has been nabbing thousands of patents — far outpacing rivals. 2 execs lay out why the firm has embraced that strategy as the best way to drive tech innovation.

Cameron Wadley

Bank of America

It’s not as exciting or sexy as an innovation center or a tech hub, but patentshave proved to be a successful wayto foster change at Bank of America. I spoke to two executiveswho laid out the strategy for me

Business_newsCiti is cutting its office footprint in costly locations to help offset spending on risk technology after the bank’s ‘unacceptable’ Revlon blunder

Mark Mason is the CFO of Citi.

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Mark Mason, Citi’s CFO, spoke aboutinvestments the bank is acceleratingin the wake of the $900 million wire it erroneously sent.Reed Alexander covered Mason’s comments, including where the executive said the bank will look to recognize savings. 

Business_newsRead the memo Citi CEO Mike Corbat sent staff quoting race car driver Mario Andretti to get employees to take risk and controls more seriously

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Rounding out our Citi coverage for the day, read the memoobtained by Dakin Campbellthat was sent last month by Citi CEO Michael Corbat to employees about the importance of risk controls.Click here to read the full note.

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