Tuesday, 29 July 2014
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Jul 21 2006 | 5:43pm ET
Alternative investments buoyed one Wall Street giant in the second quarter, while another was burned in the sinking market.
Citigroup's profits from alternative investments fell by a third in the second quarter to $257 million from $385 million in the same quarter last year, as revenues from alternatives plummeted by nearly half. Second-quarter revenues dropped from $1.1 billion to $584 million. Citigroup blamed poor returns in its private equity and securities portfolios, though it said those losses were partly offset by high client revenues. Overall, Citigroup posted 4% increase in second-quarter income.
Merrill Lynch, meanwhile, saw its bottom-line boosted by stellar proprietary stock trading performance, even as hedge funds around the world suffered widespread losses. Proprietary trading revenue soared 84% for the quarter, as Merrill saw net earnings jump 44% to $1.6 billion on revenues of $8.2 billion. Meanwhile, BlackRock, which is buying Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, said hedge fund redemptions totaled $132 billion in the second quarter, though, overall, the firm's alternative assets under management rose $247 billion.
Jul 8 2014 | 10:48am ET
The surge in derivatives regulation is among the most complex challenges facing the financial services industry today. Northern Trust’s Joshua Satten recently spoke with FINalternatives to share insights into the challenges presented by new regulation and explore how the industry is responding. Read more…