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1. First Tennessee Grows Beyond Home State -

This year may mark its 150th anniversary, but 2014 has proven to be a significant period for First Tennessee Bank for reasons beyond the celebration of a milestone birthday.

2. Events -

Church Health Center and MIFA will hold a farmers market Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Church Health Center Wellness, 1115 Union Ave. Visit churchhealthcenter.org.

3. Regions Insurance Expands in Memphis -

The recent expansion of the employee benefits practice of Regions Insurance in Memphis involved the addition of Stuart Zalowitz and Jonathan Frisch, owners of Zalowitz Frisch Benefits Group, along with a team of associates.

4. Is It Really Time to Relax Lending Standards? -

Just when you thought it was safe to believe in the wisdom of the system, they pull this.

Back in 2008, when the Great Recession made its way into Middle Tennessee and the area began to feel the pain that other regions had endured for several years, the financial world collapsed.

5. AP Survey: Fed's Outlook Correct but Not Solution -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Economists appear to be of two minds about the Federal Reserve.

They agree with the Fed that the job market still isn't healthy. Yet the latest Associated Press survey of economists finds that most fear the Fed will wait too long to raise interest rates and thereby risk stoking inflation or creating asset bubbles.

6. US Job Growth Eases but Tops 200,000 for a Sixth Month -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sixth straight month of solid 200,000-plus job growth in July reinforced growing evidence that the U.S. economy is accelerating after five years of sluggish expansion.

7. Contracts to Buy US Homes Slip in June -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in June, as the real estate market appears to have cooled off this summer.

The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index slipped 1.1 percent to 102.7 last month. The index remains 7.3 percent below its level a year ago.

8. FedEx Consolidates Office Space -

For months, commercial real estate brokers have been watching closely for any signs that might hint at what FedEx Corp. and its subsidiaries will do with the hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial space the Memphis-based company leases across the area.

9. Thawing Out: Warmer Temperatures Lift US Economy -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Spring's thaw is reviving the economy, too.

A recent batch of government and business reports show a U.S. economy emerging from winter's deep freeze.

Economists had expected the growth to accelerate in 2014 after two years of slow and steady improvement. But an unusually bitter winter sent factories, hiring and consumer spending into hibernation.

10. First Horizon Grows Net Income in First Quarter -

The first earnings announcement of the 150th anniversary year for First Tennessee Bank’s parent company was one of those seemingly uncommon things in banking these days – a surprise to the upside.

11. Fed Survey: Growth Picks Up Across Most of US -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.

Ten of the Fed's 12 regions reported an increase in economic activity, according to the Beige Book survey released Wednesday. In most places, the Fed described the improvement as "modest or moderate." Only Cleveland and St. Louis reported slower growth.

12. Methodist University Hospital Names Liebman New CEO -

Jeff Liebman has joined Methodist University Hospital as chief executive officer. In his new role, Liebman said, he will ensure the hospital continues to be a community resource providing the highest possible quality of care to the community while following the guidelines of the Methodist LeBonheur mission.

13. Sector Capital Management Independent Again -

Three years after its acquisition by Argent Financial Group, Memphis-based Sector Capital Management is an independent company again.

Sector CEO Reed Walters led the negotiations to buy back the wealth management firm in the wake of Louisiana-based Argent going on something of an acquisition spree in recent years. Sector also has relocated from Argent’s office at The Crescent Center to the Atrium I building at 6800 Poplar Ave.

14. Trustee to Hold Workshops for Delinquent Taxpayers -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir has announced the 2014 schedule for the Project H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easier) financial literacy workshop series, increasing the number of workshops from 11 to 15.

15. Trustee to Hold Workshops on Delinquent Taxes -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir has announced the 2014 schedule for the Project H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easier) financial literacy workshop series, increasing the number of workshops from 11 to 15.

16. US Bank Ending Short-Term Loan Product -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – U.S. Bank will eliminate a short-term loan offering to meet new federal rules.

The bank is dropping the option after federal regulators set new guidelines last year on "deposit advance" products, which are small-dollar, short-term loans made by banks to customers who have recurring direct deposits. It allows consumers to borrow money against future deposits into their checking accounts.

17. Raymond James Looks to Sublease Space -

Raymond James Financial Inc. is marketing space it has vacated at its 21-story Downtown office tower for subleasing opportunities as the company continues to evaluate its real estate needs.

18. Banks Tweak Checking, Online Options -

As the two banks with the biggest customer deposit shares in Memphis, First Tennessee Bank and Regions Bank must stay closely in touch with their clients’ checking and online banking needs.

19. Mortgage Market Up 12 Percent in October -

As the year is drawing to a close and the weather is cooling down, the local mortgage market keeps heating up. Continuing a trend that’s held somewhat steady, the market for mortgages in Shelby County continues to improve over the past year.

20. Regions Financial Posts Lower Profit in 3rd Quarter -

Regions Financial Corp. said Tuesday its net income fell 5 percent in the third quarter as revenue from mortgage loans declined.

21. Regions Financial Posts Lower Profit in Third Quarter -

Regions Financial Corp. said Tuesday its net income fell 5 percent in the third quarter as revenue from mortgage loans declined.

22. Wunderlich Initiates Coverage of Regions -

Memphis-based Wunderlich Securities Inc. has initiated coverage of financial services giant Regions Financial Corp with a “buy” rating.

23. Wunderlich Initiates Coverage of Regions Financial Corp. -

Memphis-based Wunderlich Securities Inc. has initiated coverage of financial services giant Regions Financial Corp with a “buy” rating.

24. Shutdown Gives Obama Unlikely Ally: Big Business -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Business leaders are taking sides with Democratic President Barack Obama after failing to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown.

25. Regions' Second-Quarter Net Income Falls 9 Percent -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Regions Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported a 9 percent drop in second-quarter profit as expenses increased while the bank wrote fewer mortgage loans.

26. Regions Morgan Keegan Fund Directors Settle Federal Claims -

Eight former mutual fund directors have settled federal claims that they allowed others at the firm to set values for subprime mortgage securities that were held by funds on which investors lost about $1.5 billion.

27. University Cabanas Sell for $2.1 Million -

2059 Vollintine Ave., Memphis, TN 38107

Sale Amount: $2.1 million

Sale Date: May 20, 2013

28. Balancing Act -

It’s past time to rethink the old 60/40 notion of investing, say a wide range of Memphis financial professionals, as the ground continues to shift beneath the feet of investors in this low-yield world of investing dominated by unprecedented action from the Federal Reserve.

29. Profitable Year Has Paragon Upbeat -

Executives with Paragon National Bank laid out for shareholders this week a set of strategic objectives for 2013 that included making continued progress toward wringing problem assets out of the bank and improving the bank’s earnings power.

30. The Daily News Takes Two TAPME Awards -

The Daily News and The Memphis News took two awards at the annual Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors competition.

The publications placed first in the competition for best editorial among Division 3 publications, which includes a daily circulation of up to 15,000, for an editorial in the July 27 Memphis News edition on the state of local green initiatives that also ran on the daily website.

31. The Daily News Takes Two TAPME Awards -

The Daily News and The Memphis News took two awards at the annual Tennessee Associated Press Managing Editors competition.

The publications placed first in the competition for best editorial among Division 3 publications, which includes a daily circulation of up to 15,000, for an editorial in the July 27 Memphis News edition on the state of local green initiatives that also ran on the daily website.

32. Regions Financial First-Quarter Income Climbs 76 Percent -

Regions Financial Corp. said Tuesday its net income climbed in the first quarter as it set aside less money to cover losses on loans.

33. Metropolitan Bank Still Growing 5 Years In -

Metropolitan Bank has come a long way in five short years. Since being founded amid the worst financial crisis in the U.S. in generations, the bank – which in March celebrated its fifth birthday – has grown its assets from $243 million at the end of 2008 to $722 million at the end of 2012.

34. Regions Financial Triples Quarterly Dividend -

Regions Financial Corp. is tripling its quarterly dividend payment to shareholders.

Since 2009, Regions’ quarterly dividend has been $0.01 per share, which the bank is now increasing to $0.03 per share starting July 1. This fulfills a stated goal of Regions to increase its dividend.

35. Regions Financial First-Quarter Income Climbs 76 Percent -

Regions Financial Corp. said Tuesday its net income climbed in the first quarter as it set aside less money to cover losses on loans.

36. Tennessee Lags in Hospital Care Spending -

Hospital care spending in Tennessee averaged $2,160 per person in 2009, a figure that is among the 10 lowest in the nation on a state-by-state comparison.

Tennessee ranked No. 10 in the country for the states with the lowest hospital care spending, including services for outpatient care, operating room fees and the services of physician residents, data from the Kaiser Family Foundation showed. Nationally, hospital spending averaged $2,475 per person in 2009. That’s about 14.6 higher than the average per person hospital spending in Tennessee.

37. Bank Sets $500 Million Loan Fund for Mississippi Firms -

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) – BancorpSouth Inc. is setting aside a $500 million loan fund aimed at Mississippi businesses, saying it will work with state officials to find qualified borrowers.

38. Events -

The Cotton Museum will host Patrick O’Daniel, discussing his book “When the Levee Breaks: Memphis and the Mississippi Valley Flood of 1927,” Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m. at the museum, 65 Union Ave. Cost is free and includes a complimentary museum tour and reception. Visit memphiscottonmuseum.org.

39. Trustee Releases Slate of Financial Literacy Workshops -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir’s office has worked with almost 800 financially struggling taxpayers since the summer of 2011 to educate them via the trustee’s Project H.O.M.E. financial literacy workshop series.

40. Mo’ Money Building Facing Foreclosure -

The Mo’ Money Taxes building at 5090 Millbranch Road is facing foreclosure, according to a first-run foreclosure notice in the Friday, March 8, edition of the Daily News.

41. Changeover -

It was almost 40 years ago, but Nancy Smith remembers the one year the men’s pro tennis tournament was held at the Mid-South Coliseum; her father had box seats. But even more memorable is that not long after the tournament moved to The Racquet Club of Memphis, a young and unknown Czech player came to town and, in that far simpler time, stayed at her parents’ house.

42. Mayor, Banks Revive Program Targeting City’s Unbanked -

It started with a letter. More than two dozen of them, actually. Bankers from around Memphis got a missive from Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. in 2010 that solicited help from bankers like Joe DiNicolantonio, West Tennessee area president for Regions Bank.

43. Aluma-Form Files $1.8 Million Loan on Facility -

Memphis-based Aluma-Form Inc., whose headquarters are at 3625 Old Getwell Road in Oakhaven, has filed a $1.8 million loan on the property through Trustmark Inc.

44. Regions Financial Swings to Gain in Fourth Quarter -

Regions Financial Corp. swung to a gain in the fourth quarter after a year-ago period weighed down by the sale of an investment management subsidiary.

45. Regions Financial Swings to Gain in Fourth Quarter -

Regions Financial Corp. swung to a gain in the fourth quarter after a year-ago period weighed down by the sale of an investment management subsidiary.

46. Diversified Trust Hires Associate Counsel -

In the financial services world, the compliance work overseen by legal counsel has grown in prominence and importance.

Banks and investment firms have been dealt a slew of new regulations – so much so that some small banks in Memphis and beyond say they’re now at the limit of the compliance costs they’re able to pay for. For other firms, expanding the company infrastructure to include new compliance and legal capabilities is a natural byproduct of business growth and staff additions.

47. Argent Financial, Highland Capital Merging -

Memphis-based Highland Capital Management LLC and Louisiana-based Argent Financial Group, which entered the Memphis market a few years ago, are merging.

48. Regions Bank Announces Financial Fitness Events -

Every Friday this month, select Regions Bank locations across 16 states will host “financial fitness” events in branches covering topics like budgeting, borrowing, identity protection, investing and more.

49. Regions Bank Announces Financial Fitness Events -

Every Friday this month, select Regions Bank locations across 16 states will host “financial fitness” events in branches covering topics like budgeting, borrowing, identity protection, investing and more.

50. Wharton, Lenoir Relaunch ‘Bank on Memphis’ Program -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir are relaunching a financial literacy program, “Bank On Memphis,” with a $10,000 contribution from Regions Bank for renewed marketing and other outreach costs.

51. BancorpSouth Keeps Focus on Staying True to Banking Basics -

BancorpSouth Inc. may have new leadership, but the Tupelo, Miss.-based company likes to say it still has an old way of doing business.

52. Wharton, Lenoir Relaunch ‘Bank on Memphis’ -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir are relaunching a financial literacy program, “Bank On Memphis,” with a $10,000 contribution from Regions Bank for renewed marketing and other outreach costs.

53. Third-Quarter Earnings Vary Widely -

Third-quarter earnings season is wrapping up, and the results have been all over the map for banks and financial institutions with ties to Memphis.

One common thread: many are still making money – an increase in profits, in fact. But the low interest rate environment is eating into how much some of them are able to achieve.

54. Regions Financial Shares Drop as Yields Shrink -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Regions Financial Corp. on Tuesday posted sharply higher third-quarter earnings, as the regional bank set aside less cash to cover loan losses. But its shares fell sharply in morning trading after the results showed record-low interest rates cut into interest income from loan and deposits.

55. Return on Investment -

Most people already know some of the basic elements of the banking business. From the large national lenders with a Memphis presence to the community banks in the suburbs, one common element is they make money by charging borrowers more than the bank pays in interest to depositors.

56. Regions Could Be in a Shopping Mood -

The bank with the biggest customer deposit share in Tennessee – and the second biggest in Memphis – may be getting bigger soon.

That’s according to some of the analysts who follow Regions Financial Corp., the Alabama-based financial services giant that was the last of the large banks to get a green light to pay back its Troubled Asset Relief Program investment from the federal government. Regions also recently put another question mark behind it via the sale of its Memphis-based investment unit Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. to a new owner, Florida-based Raymond James Financial.

57. Survey Finds US Competitive Ranking Down Again -

LONDON (AP) – The United States' ability to compete on the global stage has fallen for the fourth year running as confidence in the country's politicians continues to decline, an annual survey from the World Economic Forum found Wednesday.

58. Prosecutor Probes Ties Between Regions Financial and Fiderion -

A federal prosecutor has opened an inquiry into business ties between Regions Financial Corp. and Fiderion Group LLC.

59. Raymond James Reports Higher Q3 Earnings -

Florida-based investment bank Raymond James Financial. Inc. – the new parent company of longtime Memphis investment firm Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. – reported higher fiscal third quarter earnings this week, driven in part by its acquisition of Morgan Keegan in April, the company said.

60. Regions Financial Reports Second Quarter Profit -

Regions Financial Corp. reported a second quarter profit Tuesday, July 24, of $284 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, driven by improvement in its core business performance.

61. Fed Survey: Growth, Hiring Slowed in Parts of US -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy expanded modestly in June and early July, but growth and hiring slowed in several parts of the country. The key findings of the Federal Reserve survey echoed the gloomier outlook that Chairman Ben Bernanke offered to Congress this week.

62. Regions Unveils Credit Cards for Consumers, Businesses -

Regions Financial Corp. has launched a new suite of consumer and business credit card products, an outgrowth of the company’s announcement one year ago that it’s re-entering the credit card business.

63. As US Economy Steadies, Bank Closings Become Rarer -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fewer U.S. banks are failing than at any time since the financial crisis erupted in 2008. The healthier banking industry is helping sustain an economy slowed by lackluster hiring, weak manufacturing and Europe's debt crisis.

64. Raymond James Trust Expands With Hires -

Raymond James Trust is expanding to serve the needs of financial advisers from the April acquisition of Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., according to Joe Weaver, president of Raymond James Trust, a wholly owned subsidiary of Raymond James Financial Inc.

65. Pera Shows Track Record Of Early Faith -

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series looking at Robert Pera, the potential new owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.

66. Trustee Conducts Workshop for Taxpayers June 26 -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will conduct a Project H.O.M.E. Workshop Tuesday, June 26, at the Charles Powell-Westwood Community Center at 810 Western Park.

67. Dodd-Frank Could Have ‘Dire Impact’ On Economy -

As banks nationwide are feeling the pressure of regulatory change like the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commercial real estate lending standards by community banks will likely remain stringent for the foreseeable future.

68. Fed Survey Finds US Growth, Hiring Mostly Steady -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A Federal Reserve survey found that the U.S. economy grew moderately in most regions of the country this spring and companies kept hiring. It was a hopeful sign after a spate of gloomy data released last week.

69. Planning Commission Still Working Out Details -

The time is drawing near for the schools consolidation planning commission. “I’m not going to tell you what I compared this to,” commission chairwoman Barbara Prescott said last week. “But it’s been almost nine months.”

70. Craft Brewery on Tap for Edge District -

A new microbrewery has its sights set on Memphis’ Edge District for a September opening.

High Cotton Brewing Co. – which its partners say will be housed in a Monroe Avenue property, though a contract has yet to be finalized – will join Boscos and Ghost River Brewing in bringing locally crafted beers to the Memphis market.

71. Regions Financial Q1 Profit is $145M, Beats Street -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Regions Financial Corp. gave out more mortgage loans to its customers and commercial loans to businesses in the first three months of the year, which helped the bank post more than eight times the profit it reported last year.

72. Craft Brewery on Tap for Edge District -

A new microbrewery has its sights set on Memphis’ Edge District for a September opening.

High Cotton Brewing Co. – which its partners say will be housed in a Monroe Avenue property, though a contract has yet to be finalized – will join Boscos and Ghost River Brewing in bringing locally crafted beers to the Memphis market.

73. Steering Through Muddied Waters -

The Flows Knows While rationality has returned to the markets, occasional bouts of volatility (as we have experienced over the last few trading days) can muddy the analytical waters. After a 30 percent advance in the S&P 500 from the October lows, a pullback seems appropriate, and the reaction to the recent pullback couldn’t be more telling.

74. Fed Survey: No Movement in Area Lending -

The local economy is inching toward improvement. A newly released report from the Federal Reserve shows the central bank’s regional district that includes Memphis saw modest improvement in residential real estate as well as the commercial real estate market since the Fed’s last survey.

75. Valentine Joins Regions Insurance -

Chalmers Valentine, owner and principal of Peyton Financial Group, has joined Regions Insurance of Tennessee.

She’s worked for Peyton Financial Group for the past 23 years specializing in insurance and financial services, estate coordination, executive compensation, employee benefits and retirement planning. Her focus at Regions Insurance will be to help build out a life insurance and executive compensation practice.

76. Commission Looks At Zone Freeze -

The schools consolidation planning commission will consider at its Thursday, April 12, meeting a plan to keep all children in the merged school system attending the schools they attend now, at least through the second year of the merger – the 2014-2015 school year.

77. New Chapters -

It’s a new day at prominent investment firms in Memphis. Different degrees of change are on tap at Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., Duncan-Williams Inc. and Wunderlich Securities Inc. And though it’s reshaping the inner workings of those firms at the moment, some of those changes also could have an impact on the city around them.

78. Laffer Brings Economic Talk to Memphis -

Bankers, financial executives, businessmen and other professionals will gather at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis on Monday, April 9, to hear from Art Laffer, a prominent national economist who has advised multiple presidents and presidential candidates since the 1970s on tax policy.

79. Regions Rolls Out New Product Offerings -

Regions Financial Corp., the parent of the bank that has the second largest share of customer deposits in Memphis, has now finished a companywide rollout of a new suite of products to a new set of customers.

80. Regions Bank Sets $1B Goal for Homeowner Relief -

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Regions Bank said Wednesday that it has set a goal of providing $1 billion in relief to homeowners this year under a federal program.

81. Regions to Repay TARP -

Regions Financial Corp. will sell $900 million in stock to repay some of the $3.5 billion it received from the Treasury Department as part of the 2008 bank bailout, the company announced Wednesday, March 14.

82. Milwaukee Electric Growing in Olive Branch -

A 600,000-square-foot build-to-suit is in the works in Olive Branch, a testament to the local industrial market’s position as a prime manufacturing hub.

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp. – a Brookefield, Wis.-based manufacturer of heavy-duty portable electric power tools and accessories – recently announced the company is expanding its presence in North Mississippi by relocating to a new, larger distribution center in Industrial Development Inc.’s Crossroads Distribution Center.

83. MAA Announces Closing of Unsecured Term Loan -

Memphis-based apartment-only real estate investment trust MAA announced Monday, March 5, the closing of a $150 million unsecured term loan agreement with a five-year term. Proceeds from the term loan will be used to repay outstanding balances on a secured line of credit.

84. There’s More to Lending Than Money -

Across the globe and across the street, I’ve seen how the economic period we’ve faced has unsettled people’s nerves and at times, shaken their confidence. But if we choose to see this time as more of a “glass half full,” I can also see that we’ve learned some valuable lessons.

85. Biz Owners Find Value In Giving Back -

There’s a growing breed of innovative for-profit entrepreneur that views positive social change as the foundation of business.

Rather than garnering donations or applying for grants as a nonprofit entity, social enterprise entrepreneurs are generating revenue and reinvesting profits in the community by providing services or manufacturing products.

86. Report: Taxpayers Still Owed $133B From Bailout -

Companies that were bailed out during the financial crisis still owe U.S. taxpayers nearly $133 billion. Treasury’s plans to recoup that money have been slowed by the volatile stock market and weakness among smaller banks.

87. Sale Mars Regions’ Q4, Yearly Earnings -

Regions Financial Corp. swung to a loss for the fourth quarter and ended 2011 with a loss for the full year.

88. Regions Financial Posts Q4, Full Year Loss -

Regions Financial Corp. swung to a loss for the fourth quarter and ended 2011 with a loss for the full year.

The Birmingham, Ala.-based banking company, one of the largest players in the Memphis market, reported a $602 million loss for Q4 before the stock market opened Tuesday, Jan. 24. That loss was driven largely by a write-down related to Regions’ deal announced earlier this month to sell its Memphis-based investment banking unit to Raymond James Financial Inc.

89. Morgan Keegan Deal Coming Into Focus -

The $930 million deal reached earlier this month in which Raymond James Financial Inc. is buying Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. isn’t scheduled to close for several more weeks. Regulatory approvals are needed, plus there’s a lot of work ahead to integrate the two investment firms.

90. Raymond James Statement on Deal -

Editor’s Note: Below is a portion of the official statement Raymond James issued on the Morgan Keegan acquisition. For the complete corporate statement, plus additional coverage of the historic sale, visit www.memphisdailynews.com.

91. Trading Hands -

It’s been something of a roller coaster ride for a little more than six months in the drawn-out process by Regions Financial Corp. to sell Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., its Memphis-based investment unit.

92. Details Emerge in Morgan Keegan Sale -

During a conference call with analysts early Thursday, Jan. 12, one day after announcing their firm’s acquisition of Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. for $930 million, Raymond James Financial Inc. officials shared new details that employees of the Memphis firm had been waiting to hear.

93. Raymond James statement on Morgan Keegan acquisition -

Raymond James Financial's official statement about the Morgan Keegan acquisition:

RAYMOND JAMES TO ACQUIRE MORGAN KEEGAN & COMPANY

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Raymond James Financial, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire Morgan Keegan & Company, Inc. and related affiliates from Regions Financial for $930 million, expanding both its private client wealth management and capital markets businesses.

94. Raymond James Buys Morgan Keegan -

Raymond James CEO Paul Reilly made it official Wednesday, Jan. 11, announcing the company has bought Memphis-based Morgan Keegan & Co. from Regions Financial in a $930 million deal.

95. Morgan Keegan Deal Would Represent New Chapter -

If indeed a deal is close at hand for Regions Financial Corp. to sell its Memphis-based investment banking unit to either Raymond James Financial Inc. or Stifel Financial Corp., it would represent a major new chapter in the firm’s 43 years of history in the city.

96. Morgan Keegan Begins Coverage Of Amazon.com -

The equity research department of Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. has started covering Amazon.com, telling investors they can expect the online retailer to provide a return that’s at least slightly better than that of the overall market.

97. Analysts Expect Small Profit for Regions -

The bank that controls the biggest chunk of customer deposits in Tennessee and is one of the top two in the Memphis area is likely to post a small profit for the quarter as well as the full calendar year when it reports earnings Jan. 24.

98. That's a Wrap -

If the grand sweep of 2011 could be captured on celluloid and presented to an audience on the big screen, all the components of a great film would be readily apparent.

There was drama, in the form of a deluge and historic flooding that led the Mississippi River to crest at nearly 48 feet early in the year. One of the year’s big surprises saw President Barack Obama give the commencement address for the Booker T. Washington High School class of 2011 at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

99. Key Storylines Emerge in 2011 Banking -

Much of the news that came out of the local banking and financial services sectors in 2011 fell into one of three buckets.

No new fees, please.

Smaller names are doing bigger business.

And, two heads are better than one.

100. New Regions Services Target Unbanked -

One of the biggest banks in the country is preparing to compete directly with payday lenders, check-cashing services and the like in an effort to reach consumers who don’t have a relationship with a traditional bank.