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For Morgan Stanley, playing it safe pays off

A YEAR ago, soon after Morgan Stanley posted disappointing quarterly earnings, chairman and chief executive officer James Gorman told board members the bank was on the right track and investors who sold shares had made a mistake.


Morgan Stanley sees Asia gains shielding it from China reversal

HONG KONG: Morgan Stanley’s mergers advisory business in Asia outside Japan pulled in record fees last year and the firm gained market share in equities, helping partially shield it from an investment-banking contraction that prompted competitors like Goldman Sachs Group Inc to cut jobs.


Morgan Stanley cuts perks

NEW YORK: Wary of brokers who make their money by “riding the calendar” of new stock and bond issues rather than patiently building the firm’s wealth management business, Morgan Stanley is cracking down where it hurts the most: compensation.


Morgan Stanley bets on smaller bond unit, defying sceptics

NEW YORK: In early 2011, Morgan Stanley Chief Executive James Gorman thought he had finally figured out how to rebuild the bank's depleted bond trading business without taking too much risk.


Morgan Stanley ups Malaysian growth target

PETALING JAYA: International investment bank Morgan Stanley Research has raised its 2014 economic growth forecast for Malaysia to 5.8%, from an earlier projection of 5.1%, on the back of stronger-than-expected exports growth.


Morgan Stanley eyes more buybacks, bigger dividend in 2015

NEW YORK: Morgan Stanley plans to spend more money on share buybacks and dividends in 2015, executives said, in a step that could help the bank reach a key profitability target this year.


Morgan Stanley turns to retail banking

NEW YORK: Morgan Stanley, better known for underwriting bonds than for retail banking, plans to offer savings accounts and certificates of deposits next year to wring more profit from its wealth management clients, executives told Reuters.


Morgan Stanley defeats short-selling claims

NEW YORK: Morgan Stanley defeated claims by Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska that it used inside information about his failing US$1.5bil investment in an auto-parts maker to illegally profit from its own short selling.


Morgan Stanley promotes senior bankers in U.S., Europe

NEW YORK: Morgan Stanley has promoted several senior bankers to positions overseeing mergers and acquisitions in the United States and Europe, following a shakeup at the top level of that division last month.


Morgan Stanley, UBS to raise stakes in China JVs

HONG KONG: Morgan Stanley and UBS Group AG are set to raise their stakes in separate Chinese securities joint ventures to 49%, people with direct knowledge of the moves said, betting on strong deals momentum in the world’s second-largest economy.