The Bank Slate


Meredith Whitney ends hiatus to relaunch research firm

Meredith Whitney is back.

Whitney, who famously became bearish on the banking sector prior to the 2008 Financial Crisis, has relaunched her eponymous research and advisory practice.

Whitney, in a LinkedIn post, said she had spent her hiatus as an institutional investor (she ran a hedge fund from 2013 to 2015) and as CFO of two startups.

“None of those experiences could match the passion with which I embraced researching and writing about the business I spent over two decades as a student of and had grown to love,” she added.

This time around, Meredith Whitney Advisory Group will focus more on individual investors, family offices and financial advisers. Previously, she had largely directed her coverage to big institutions and sovereign wealth funds.

“I will still provide services to institutions and sovereigns, but I intend to restrict those services to a limited number of clients,” she said.

Whitney is the second high-profile bank analyst to end a lengthy break. Ed Najarian unretired late last year to become senior managing director of EF Hutton’s equity research department.

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