NEW YORK (Reuters) – Morgan Stanley plans to increase the dividend it pays shareholders when restrictions are lifted by the Federal Reserve, according to a letter Chief Executive James Gorman sent to shareholders on Thursday.
The bank also set a long-term goal of achieving a return on tangible common equity (ROTCE) above 17%, according to the letter.
Morgan Stanley initiated a long Russian rouble position against a 50-50 basket of the dollar and the euro it said on Monday, targeting a 6% rise in the Russian currency.
“We think it’s time to get back into Russian assets,” the U.S. investment bank’s analysts said in a note titled “Enough Waiting, Time To Buy”.
They said new U.S. sanctions being proposed in relation to the poisoning and jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny would not pose a material risk to Russia’s macroeconomic outlook, while the recent rise in oil prices should help the currency.
“We target a 6% appreciation, which is roughly a 75% reduction in risk premia on our measure,” Morgan Stanley said.
“The uncertainty is the response by the U.S. to the cyber attacks, which is a bigger risk and can cause a wobble in asset prices, but we think this might be an opportunity to increase exposure.”