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So where are all the muni bond defaults?

July 14, 2010

Illinois let $5 billion of bills go unpaid. Washington closed state offices. California may cut 200,000 workers' pay to the minimum wage. Minnesota is delaying tax refunds for a second year. As fiscal 2011 budgets took effect July 1, state and...

Key Republican says he'll vote for financial-reform bill

July 12, 2010

Senator Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican, said he will back the financial-regulation bill when it comes up for final approval in the Senate, moving Democrats closer to the 60 votes needed to pass the measure. “While it isn't perfect,...

Lesson from Lynch has FBR's Ellison buying up bank stocks

July 12, 2010

David Ellison learned a simple lesson from legendary mutual-fund manager Peter Lynch as a young bank analyst at Fidelity Investments in the 1980s: If things at a company are getting better, you want to own its stock. Ellison, who today runs...

First-half report card: Bonds beating stocks by most since 2001

July 6, 2010

Bond returns are exceeding stock gains by the widest margin in nine years as optimism that greeted the year evaporates and investors around the world question the strength of the economic recovery. While the MSCI World Index of 24 developed...

Private payrolls grew less than forecast in June

July 2, 2010

Private employers added fewer workers to payrolls in June than forecast, reinforcing concerns the recovery will weaken as Americans curtail spending. Employment at companies rose 83,000, less than the 110,000 gain forecast by economists in a...

Morgan Stanley private bank targeting MSSB clients: Source

July 1, 2010

Morgan Stanley, owner of the world's largest brokerage, hired 100 bankers and may quintuple their numbers by the end of 2011 to offer more products such as jumbo mortgages and structured loans to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney clients, a person...

Lack of crackdown a golden opportunity to short banks?

June 29, 2010

U.S. lawmakers and their Wall Street supporters may have guaranteed another financial disaster like the one we're still recovering from. Congress last week thought it was protecting the banks -- especially the six dominant players -- when it...

Debt spiral: Return on government bonds likely to tumble

June 29, 2010

Global bond returns may have nowhere to go but down after the best first half since 2005. Investors who piled into Treasuries, bunds, gilts, and Japanese bonds on concern that Europe's sovereign-debt crisis would derail global growth are finding...

The long unwinding road: Banks given until 2022 to exit funds

June 29, 2010

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. are among U.S. banks that may have as long as a dozen years to cut stakes in in-house hedge funds and private-equity units under a regulatory revamp agreed to last week. Rules curbing banks' investments...

Europeans are craving U.S. stocks

June 28, 2010

European institutional investors are beginning to put more faith in the U.S. to lift their equity portfolios. In a move that goes hand in hand with the trend to invest globally over a strong domestic or regional bias, European pension funds...

Penson buys Ridge clearing business for $35 million

June 28, 2010

Penson Worldwide Inc. said today that it closed its acquisition of “substantially all” of the correspondent clearing accounts of Ridge Clearing & Outsourcing Solutions for $35.2 million in stock and debt, or about half the $60 million to...

Bob Doll: Moving from recovery to expansion

June 27, 2010

Bob Doll is vice chairman and chief equity strategist for fundamental equities at BlackRock Inc. What is your outlook for the economy in the second half? Where do you see the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite Index finishing...

New home sales plummet, dragging stocks down

June 23, 2010

Stocks fell Wednesday after new home sales dropped by a third to a record low last month following the end of homebuyer tax credits. The Dow Jones industrial average fell about 6 points in afternoon trading while broader indexes had steeper...

Stocks slide on housing, bank worries

June 22, 2010

Stocks mostly fell Tuesday after a gain in technology shares failed to offset new worries about housing and banks. The Dow Jones industrial average fell about 25 points in afternoon trading. The technology-dominated Nasdaq composite index edged...

Regulators OK plan to police banks' pay policies

June 21, 2010

Federal regulators on Monday adopted a plan to ensure that banks' pay policies don't encourage employees to take reckless gambles like those that contributed to the recent financial crisis. The plan, originally proposed by the Federal Reserve...

Wall Street 'bewilderment machine' still cranking out products

June 21, 2010

Corowa Shire, home to Australia's biggest hog farm and a three-hour drive from Melbourne, couldn't be farther from Wall Street. That didn't stop the local council, which represents about 11,000 people, from investing A$1 million ($878,900) in...

Worried about a bond bubble? Try this hedge to take the edge off

June 20, 2010

Talk of a bond bubble has put skittish investors and financial advisers even more on edge over their large allocations to fixed income. And for good reason: Interest rates, currently at historic lows of near zero, will eventually start climbing,...

10 investments to help your clients retire (full story)

June 20, 2010

10 INVESTMENTS to help your clients retire on time Getting rich quickly usually depends on luck, but building up enough money to allow your clients to retire comfortably when they want to takes time, discipline and a strategy, as well as a keen...

Former SEC chairmen rap Congress for failing to shrink banks

June 20, 2010

Congress' proposed overhaul of U.S. bank regulation wouldn't have averted the 2008 financial crisis and would do little to prevent a recurrence, according to two former chairmen of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Legislation being refined...

Rocky start, but AIG boss Benmosche outlasts predecessors

June 18, 2010

Robert Benmosche, who said the U.S. will be repaid with interest for American International Group Inc.'s bailout, is set to become the insurer's longest-serving chief executive officer since the firm's near-collapse in 2008. Benmosche, 66, will...

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