First Niagara Financial

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Ticker: FNFG

Purchased: 5/15/2014

Cost basis: $8.44

Current Portfolio Status: Penalized

Dividend Reinvestment: N

Dividends paid quarterly in Feb, May, Aug, Nov

Shares held on account at Motif

First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for First Niagara Bank, N.A. that provides retail and commercial banking, and other financial services to individuals, families, and businesses. The company’s deposit products include savings and money market, and certificate of deposit accounts, as well as municipal deposits. Its loan portfolio include commercial business loans; commercial real estate and multi-family lending products; residential real estate lending products; home equity lending products; indirect automobile lending products; credit cards; and consumer loans, including personal secured and unsecured loans, and overdraft lines of credit. The company also offers wealth management services to manage client funds utilizing various third party investment vehicles comprising separately managed accounts, bonds, exchange traded funds, and mutual funds, as well as provides retirement planning, education funding, and wealth protection products and services, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, annuities, life insurance, long term care insurance, and advisory products. In addition, it sells insurance products comprising business and personal insurance, surety bonds, life, disability, and long-term care coverage products; and offers risk management advisory services, such as alternative risk and self-insurance, claims investigation and adjusting, and third party administration of self-insured workers’ compensation plans, as well as provides treasury management services, such as account reconciliation, remote deposit capture, ACH payments, and cash vault services. As of January 24, 2014, the company operated 420 branches in New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. First Niagara Financial Group, Inc. was founded in 1870 and is headquartered in Buffalo, New York.

Penalty Reason: Unexplained multi-million dollar write-off concerning deposits.  Sep 22, 2015, Bloomberg reported that JPM has been hired to pursue a possible sale.  Possible suitors include New York Community Bancorp, Toronto-Dominion Bank and Huntington Bancshares Inc.

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