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Why PNC deal makes for a beautiful day in the neighborhood for Federated CEO

Patty Tascarella
Why PNC deal makes for a beautiful day in the neighborhood for Federated CEO

Whimsy isn’t quite what you’d expect from the head of a global investment firm with $485 billion in managed assets, but Federated Investors Inc. President and CEO Christopher Donahue described his latest acquisition as “a good neighborhood deal.” The very Pittsburgh transaction is a continuation — with a twist — of Federated’s decades-long interactions with PNC Financial Services Group Inc. Federated (NYSE:FII) is a frequent buyer of money market funds from banks, with “dozens” of such deals, Donahue said, but the May 7 agreement to acquire components of PNC Capital Advisors' investment management business marks the first time Federated bought something from PNC. Don’t forget, I live in Mr. Rogers’ house, the house where he raised his kids.” Yes, the previous owner of Donahue’s home in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood was the late television pioneer, Fred Rogers.