Here are the top finance stories of the day for September 15


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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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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 story on 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 insiders about how the entire thing shook out. 

Click here to read the full story.


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Chris Britt Chime CEO

Chime


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


Afterpay

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 news that’s happened over the past six months, along with looking at what the red-hot space can expect next. Check out the story here.


Cameron Wadley

Cameron Wadley

Bank of America


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


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Mark Mason is the CFO of Citi.


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Mark Mason, Citi’s CFO, spoke about investments the bank is accelerating in 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. 


Mario Andretti



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


 Odd lots:

Astronomers found a gas in Venus’ clouds that could signal alien life (Insider)

At JPMorgan, Productivity Falls for Staff Working at Home (Bloomberg)

Steve Cohen finalizes record deal to purchase Mets (NY Post)





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