A major institution is looking to sell its fund arm, according to reports -- but, despite a passing mention in the New York Times' DealBook
almost three weeks ago, the story seems not to have sparked much coverage in industry media. Have the rumor mills grown rusty?
On May 22, the DealBook
cited a report in Investment Dealers' Digest
, in which an executive "with knowledge of the matter" said Morgan Stanley
has a book on Washington Mutual
's planned sale of WM Funds
At least one large financial services firm has looked at WM, the MFWire
can confirm after speaking with an M&A consultant who has seen the book in real life. And, separately, Rhode Island-based consultant Geoff Bobroff
said he has heard unconfirmed rumors of a sale. He believes the process is down to a shortlist. A Washington Mutual spokesperson did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
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