Daniel Indiviglio is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist, based in Washington, where he covers the intersection of politics and business. He joined from The Atlantic, where he covered a similar beat, providing analysis on topics such as financial regulation, housing finance policy, the Treasury, and the Fed. He also wrote for Forbes. He is a 2011 Robert Novak Journalism Fellow through the Phillips Foundation. Prior to becoming a journalist, Dan spent several years working as an investment banker and a consultant for financial services firms. He holds a BA from Cornell University, where he triple majored in economics, philosophy and physics. Follow Dan on Twitter @indiviglio
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Regional U.S. lender BB&T’s $1.8 bln swoop for National Penn is its fourth deal in a year. The acquisition makes financial sense and is more proof the Fed supports industry tie-ups. The longer other banks stay on the sidelines, the more it’ll look like they fear rejection.
Wall Street executives Jamie Dimon and Gary Cohn blame trickier trading on new rules, an argument ex-Fed boss Paul Volcker refutes. But investors need not panic. They already have tools at their disposal to help combat a sudden drought in the market, and one or two new ones, too.
The bank is buying the conglomerate’s $8.5 bln portfolio of medical loans. Using them to replace lower-yielding bonds on its books should provide an immediate fillip to earnings. As long as the healthcare industry keeps growing, the 6 pct premium CapOne is paying looks justified.
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