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Merrill and Wells Fargo Hammered in Broker Customer Satisfaction Survey

Low fees and free tools are no longer enough to satisfy self-directed investors who make their own investment decisions and use a brokerage firm primarily to execute their trades. The ...
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Goldman Sachs Delivers on Earnings and Book Value Growth

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) is still a new Dow Jones Industrial Average component, and now the bulge bracket investment banking firm -- and bank holding company without any ...
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Goldman Sachs Crushes Earnings Estimates

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) has managed to absolutely crush its earnings expectations for the fourth quarter of 2013. The bulge bracket broker, or the bank holding company without ...
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The Bullish and Bearish Case for Goldman Sachs in 2014

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) saw a total return of just over 40% in 2013, handily exceeding the strong 26.5% gain in the Dow Jones industrial Average (DJIA) and ...
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NASDAQ Gets Off Cheap in Facebook IPO SNAFU

The botched initial public offering (IPO) of Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) cost the Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. (NASDAQ: NDAQ) a lot of bad press. What it did not cost the ...
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Did HFTs and Algos Kill Efficient Market Theory Again on the Unemployment Report?

Many college courses will try to teach you that it is nearly impossible to beat the market through time because the broad markets are supposed to reflect all relevant information ...
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Twitter Decides NYSE Listing Is Better Than NASDAQ

In the midst of the start of earnings season and in the midst of a Fitch credit ratings warning to the United States, a key decision has been made by the company which ...
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Oppenheimer Sees Recovery for Top Financial Stocks Despite Tough Third Quarter

Between the sharp back-up in long-term rates that will penalize mortgage and trading results, and the ongoing political bloodlust that reflects itself in fines and litigation accruals, the banking analysts ...
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$168 Million Lotto Winner in Financial Wreck: What to Do (and Not to Do) If That Was You

Can you imagine winning the lottery only to find yourself in dire financial straits within a few years? It happens, and the Courthouse News Service has just one more reminder ...
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More Market Trading Errors and Issues, Stock Options Trading Halted

If you are getting sick and tired of glitches, errors, and "issues" all culminating to interrupt or halt trading in stocks, you are not alone. Normally we would be discussing ...
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NASDAQ Halt Brings Back Flash Crash Concerns

Do you remember the Flash Crash? NASDAQ OMX Group (NASDAQ: NDAQ) is proving yet again why there still needs to be some human control and interaction over the vast numbers ...
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Is J.P. Morgan Chase Facing a Systematic and Forced Breakup?

Being an executive at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) can be no easy job at the moment. This is one of only a few large institutions that could ...
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Game-Changer: Will BofA-Merrill Lynch Consolidation Be Fought by Regulators?

There is a major development happening at Bank of America Corp. (NYSE: BAC). Bloomberg news has reported that Bank of America now is planning to dissolve its Merrill Lynch subsidiary. This ...
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BATS Gets New Post-Lehman Investors, IPO Hopes of Yesteryear

You probably remember the debacle around the BATS initial public offering (IPO). This is supposed to be the third largest equities exchange, but its IPO cancellation came with a very ...
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Risk of Overcapitalizing ‘Too Big To Fail’ Banks, Another Recession

Charles Plosser, President and Chief Executive Officer of Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, gave a speech on Thursday afternoon discussing how to end the "Too Big To Fail" conundrum of ...
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