Morgan Stanley Diversity Disclosure — JPM Axes Some Fees — Walmart Litecoin Hoax

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Diversity at Morgan Stanley’s money manager remains bleak



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The number of Black employees holding executive-level roles at Morgan Stanley Investment Management has remained unchanged since 2019, despite CEO James Gorman’s commitment to diversity after George Floyd’s death last year. Here’s what else we learned from data the firm disclosed to an investor.


JPMorgan is dropping some fees for college-savings plans

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JPMorgan is axing upfront fees from the 529 education savings plan, a popular investment account meant to help people save for college. The move is part of the bank’s larger plans to set itself apart in a highly crowded wealth industry. Get the full rundown here.


Sorry, you can’t use cryptocurrency at Walmart (yet)

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GlobeNewswire published a press release claiming Walmart would allow shoppers to pay using cryptocurrency beginning in October — but it turned out to be fake (and caused litecoin to spike then sharply fall). So despite the retailer signalling an interest in crypto earlier this year, you still can’t use litecoin to check out at Walmart.


Jason Mudrick is capitalizing on the distressed credit market

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For the first 90 days of the pandemic, Jason Mudrick had his analysts work 12- to 14-hour days — including on weekends — to hunt down top distressed debt opportunities. Why they spent the first three months of the pandemic “working as hard as we’ve ever worked.”


Understanding JPMorgan’s purchase of The Infatuation

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JPMorgan’s purchase of restaurant-review website The Infatuation could be Wall Street’s weirdest — and smartest — deal of the year. Financial firms are increasingly leaning on content and perks to woo customers, and for JPMorgan, acquiring The Infatuation is a way to increase its perks and retain customers in the process.


Investors are tracking data in the notoriously opaque private markets

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Hedge funds have piled into private markets at a record pace, according to Goldman Sachs. Private market data can be a tough find, but startups like Forge Global and Cyndx, among others, believe they have found a way in. Here are some tools they’re using to provide private market data to investors.


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