Former CEO Sergio Ermotti returns to UBS to help with Credit Suisse transition and bank regulators prepare for another day of questioning on oversight failures. Here’s what investors need to know today.
1. Former UBS CEO Returns to Oversee Credit Suisse Takeover
UBS said former CEO Sergio Ermotti will return to lead the bank through its takeover of Credit Suisse. Ermotti previously ran UBS for nine years and will lead the bank following the $3.2 billion takeover of Credit Suisse.
2. Lawmakers Again Grill Bank Regulators on Oversight Failures
Bank regulators face a second day of grilling before lawmakers today, this time discussing the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank before the House Financial Services Committee. Fed Vice Chair for Supervision Michael Barr and FDIC Chair Martin Gruenberg are scheduled to testify.
3. Prosecutors Charge FTX's Bankman-Fried of Bribing Chinese Officials
U.S. prosecutors unveiled a new indictment against Sam Bankman-Fried, accusing the founder of the now bankrupt FTX cryptocurrency exchange of bribing Chinese officials with $40 million in cryptocurrency to unfreeze the hedge fund’s accounts. The indictment is the third charge Bankman-Fried has faced since the collapse of FTX.
4. Apple Unveils Buy Now Pay Later Service
Apple launched its buy now, pay later service in the U.S., a move that is likely to disrupt the financial technology sector dominated by firms like Affirm and Swedish payments company Klarna. The service, Apple Pay Later, will allow users to split purchases into four payments over six weeks with no interest or fees.
5. Micron Shares Up on Stronger Memory Chip Forecast
Micron Technology (MU) shares are up 2.7% in pre-market trading after the memory chip maker gave a better forecast for the current quarter than some analysts had feared, sparking hopes the worst could be over for the industry. The chip company reported a fiscal second quarter loss that was wider than expected and sales dropped 53%. It announced the company would be cutting staff by 15%, up from previous announced cuts of 10%.