My latest Letter from the President examines year-end 2017 securities industry statistics, the challenges faced by large and small investment dealers, and the outlook for the mainline businesses and firm groupings.
Overall, the industry turned in a mixed earnings performance last year. Fee-based business powered retail earnings. The self-clearing retail firms recorded the highest earnings in three years, while the institutional boutiques fared the worst. Falling share values contributed to weak investment banking results in the last months of 2017, and dragged down earnings at the integrated dealers, even though corporate advisory fees held up … Continue reading