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TGIF: Why Is The Evening News So Boring? (video)
January 29, 2010 @ 09:30 AM | By Melanie Rodier

BBC reporter Chris Booker gives a special report on every boring special report that you've ever seen on the news.

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Bankers Get the Cold Shoulder in Davos
January 29, 2010 @ 07:52 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

The atmosphere inside the World Economic Forum is warm and congenial. But bankers are feeling the chill wind of disapproval.

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iPad: Will It Become a Must-Have Tool for the Capital Markets?
January 28, 2010 @ 10:35 AM | By Melanie Rodier

Those who stand to benefit the most from the iPad are financial advisers who are constantly meeting clients on the go, says Doug Dannemiller, senior analyst at Aite Group.

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Carbon Trading After Copenhagen: What About U.S. Legislation?
January 27, 2010 @ 15:57 PM | By Ivy Schmerken

I went to a conference on "Carbon After Copenhagen" that was very interesting and points to an emerging asset class in the U.S.

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AIG and Backdoor Bailouts?
January 27, 2010 @ 10:02 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

WSJ's Dennis Berman tells Kelsey Hubbard about ongoing investigations into the bailout of AIG, including allegations of a coverup over payments made to some of the biggest banks who had exposure to the collapsed insurer.

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Executive Bonuses: What Will Regulators Do Next? (video)
January 27, 2010 @ 10:00 AM | By Melanie Rodier

In this video clip, Larry Tabb, CEO and founder of TABB Group, focuses on potential regulations regarding executive compensation. He also tells WS&T's Greg MacSweeney that if U.S. regulators levy a tax on bonuses they could cause a brain drain, but that Wall Street must nevertheless show more sensitivity to the markets.

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What They're Really Doing in Davos
January 27, 2010 @ 09:51 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

Some of the world's most high-powered people are meeting in Davos for the World Economic Forum (WEF) not to make decisions, but to get to know each other and face the problems together.

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FDIC May Securitize Bad Assets
January 26, 2010 @ 11:32 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

The FDIC is planning on securitizing the assets and selling it off to investors.

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Volcker Speaks Out On Financial Innovation (video)
January 26, 2010 @ 10:52 AM | By Melanie Rodier

"I have been on boards of directors. The chances that they're going to understand these products that you're dishing out, or you're going to want to explain them, frankly, is nil. Wake up, gentlemen."

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A Few Ideas For Obama On Financial Regulation (video)
January 25, 2010 @ 10:56 AM | By Melanie Rodier

WSJ's Jason Zweig discusses President Obama's plan to curb excessive risk taking at big banks, as well as his proposals for better financial regulation.

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SEC Debates Sponsored Access Ban (video)
January 22, 2010 @ 10:08 AM | By Melanie Rodier

Regulators are examining sponsored access, which allows high-speed traders and others to trade directly on exchanges. Larry Tabb, CEO and founder of TABB Group, talks to Advanced Trading Editor-in-Chief Kerry Massaro about the implications of the SEC's proposed ban of sponsored, or naked, access.

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TGIF: Wall Street Bonuses Under Fire
January 22, 2010 @ 10:00 AM | By Melanie Rodier

In this Daily Show video clip, Jon Stewart focuses on record unemployment rates and Wall Street bonuses...

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What's Driving Goldman's Earnings and Bonus Plans?
January 22, 2010 @ 07:35 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

Goldman Sachs made around $5 billion in profits last quarter and has slightly reduced its bonus plan, likely to avoid a further populist and political backlash to excessive compensation.

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What's Next For Wall Street?
January 21, 2010 @ 10:33 AM | By Melanie Rodier

Obama's new banking regulation will not be about bringing back the Glass-Steagall Act, although it will give regulators the authority to limit risky activity by banks. William Rudin, Rudin Mgmt. vice chairman & CEO and Alan Greenberg, JP Morgan vice chairman emeritus, discuss upcoming new regulations in this CNBC video.

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Chicago Pit Traders Coming to Hollywood in Floored?
January 20, 2010 @ 21:54 PM | By Kerry Massaro

If you're in Chicago, you might be able to catch the last night of a week premier of Floored tonight, a movie about the near extinction of Chicago pit trading. The movie takes a look at the personalities behind trading and how electronic trading changed their world. I haven't seen the movie, but the trailer looks captivating. A Barron's column, by Steven M. Sears, describes it as: His camera captures lots of broken men. Some are deformed by the pursuit of money; others struggle to reinvent themselves since computers do what they did cheaper, faster and better. The successful floor traders are magnetic. They're overgrown kids with money, brains and a pathological need to release stress."

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Is the Bank Tax Unconstitutional?
January 19, 2010 @ 11:58 AM | By Ivy Schmerken

Wall Street is getting ready for a legal battle over the proposed bank tax unveiled by President Obama last week and has hired a top litigator who has argued cases before the Supreme Court.

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TGIF: What Trends To Watch in 2010?
January 14, 2010 @ 15:58 PM | By Melanie Rodier

In this Daily Show video clip, Senior Trendologist Jason Jones sees a big movement toward "experts" on the air making meaningless claims.

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Nasdaq's Efficiency Drive (Video)
January 14, 2010 @ 15:44 PM | By Melanie Rodier

In this video, WS&T Senior Editor Melanie Rodier speaks to Eric Noll, Head of Nasdaq Transaction Services, about the latest technology developments at Nasdaq, including the exchange's drive to make transparent markets more effective for all users.

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Bonus Backlash: M.I.T. Professor Proposes Windfall Tax
January 12, 2010 @ 10:45 AM | By Ivy Schmerken

With Wall Street bonuses back in the headlines, Simon Johnson, a professor at M.I.T.'s Sloan School of Management, says it's wrong for too-big to fail banks to pay out all their profits to employees.

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New Fees Could Take a Swipe at Bank Profits
January 12, 2010 @ 10:25 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

The Obama administration is likely to slap banks with a fee designed to recoup losses associated with TARP, in a move that could help lower the deficit and reduce risk-taking by big banks.

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Fed Could Be Looking at a Record $45 Billion Profit
January 12, 2010 @ 10:24 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

Early reports indicate the Federal Reserve's 2009 earnings will show record profits - close to $45 billion because of the aggressive stance the bank took when the financial crisis hit.

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Need Stock Advice? Some Investors Are Turning to Psychics
January 08, 2010 @ 10:28 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

Some investors are looking into other options to find out about future financial fortunes.

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How Dodd's Retirement Affects Wall Street Reform
January 07, 2010 @ 11:42 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd will not seek re-election. He was leading the Senate's work on Wall Street reform, so what happens now?

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Will Tomorrow's Job Report be Positive?
January 07, 2010 @ 11:37 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

Data is indicating that Friday's weekly job report may actually be show positive job growth for the first time in, well, a very long time.

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Volatility Falls to Pre-Lehman Lows
January 07, 2010 @ 11:29 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

The VIX's decline to a 16-month low shows an absence of anxiety on Wall Street, reports Barrons.com's Bob O'Brien.

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FDIC Looking to Cash In on Risky Behavior
January 07, 2010 @ 11:20 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

In order to replenish dwindling reserves, the FDIC is considering charging member banks more if they're involved in risky behavior

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Flash Orders: Bad for Equities, Good for Options?
January 07, 2010 @ 11:18 AM | By Ivy Schmerken

In case you thought the controversy over 'flash trading' that erupted in equities is over, think again. In a video CBOE Executive Vice Chairman Edward Tilly contends the economics of flash trading in options and how this actually benefits the customer.

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Sell-Side Equity Technology Gets Smarter in 2010
January 06, 2010 @ 16:35 PM | By Ivy Schmerken

Sell-side heads of equity technology are looking to consolidate their data centers into fewer locations, but not give up space, reports Kevin McPartland, senior analyst at Tabb Group in a Youtube video.

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Mood of the Markets:Regret, A Powerful Motivator
January 06, 2010 @ 10:53 AM | By Kerry Massaro

Denise Shull, CEO of The Rethink Group, and Advanced Trading's recent Buy Side Trading Summit keynote, discusses the mood of the markets on CNBC. Shull says that there is a mix of optimism and caution.

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Top Economists Warn Crisis Isn't Over
January 05, 2010 @ 10:05 AM | By Greg MacSweeney

The American Economic Association's annual meeting is taking place in Atlanta. American Public Media's Bob Moon reports on what message the top economic titans are sending.

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FXall's Acquisition of LavaFX Consolidates FX ECNs
January 04, 2010 @ 21:34 PM | By Ivy Schmerken

Kicking off 2010 with consolidation, FXall, an online foreign exchange marketplace, said it would purchase LavaFX from Citigroup to become the multi-bank destination for the active trader market.

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