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Wall Street

How to Get a Piece of Wall Street Profits Without the Wall Street Corruption

There's simply no limit to how far Wall Street will go to make a buck.

It's no wonder. With corporate offenses and "bad behavior" routinely going unpunished, perpetrators have developed a sense of immunity.

But just weeks ago there was an indictment in a case of alleged manipulation of commodities futures.

It's the first ever federal prosecution for "spoofing," a tactic I recently discussed.

While we wait to see if it either sets the tone for a wider crackdown or proves to be little more than a slap on the wrist, we can also take the opportunity to profit.

Here's how we're going to play a non-bank investment against a rigged services industry...

Wall Street

The Real Reason Price Fixing Is Coming to an End

"Price fixing" or "fix" are Wall Street terms used to describe how benchmarks are priced on hundreds of instruments, from the Libor and other foreign currency exchange rates to gold, silver, and swaps.

While the methodologies used to determine fixes are different, in all cases where benchmarks are fixed by panels, the input of the bankers is what results in the output.

But here’s where things get a little… funny.

Wall Street

What Really Happened at PIMCO

As I mentioned over the weekend, the month of September ended with two dramatically different exits: The Hollywood ending of Yankee Captain Derek Jeter's Hall of Fame 20-year career, and the acrimonious departure of Bill Gross from PIMCO, the firm he founded 43 years ago.

The departure of the two could not have been in starker contrast.

More importantly, as investors, we can learn a great deal by taking a moment to explore why Gross took the extraordinary step of leaving the institution with which he is synonymous… Full Story

Wall Street

Corporate Corruption – Summed Up in One Dilbert Cartoon

Corporate corruption is so rampant it's laughable, and this Dilbert cartoon sums it up nicely.

Visit Money Morning for the top stories on Wall Street's bad behavior. Here are the latest...

Wall Street

Investigation of D.C.-Wall Street Corruption Hits Yet Another Roadblock

There's a new twist in an ongoing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission probe into D.C.-Wall Street corruption.

For months now, the SEC has been investigating whether anyone in the federal government leaked inside information to a Washington-based investment research firm. And now up to 44 hedge funds that may have traded on that inside information are under close scrutiny.

If you thought our public servants were greedy, dirty, and corrupt before, wait until you read this...

Housing Market Index

Don't Believe the New Housing Market Index Numbers

This month's Housing Market Index (HMI) numbers would have you believe that this so-called housing recovery is picking up steam.

Figures released yesterday (Monday) show that home builders are both more confident in the current housing market, and are more optimistic for the six months ahead.

But even as some will try to spin this narrative that these numbers point toward a substantial recovery, there are more sinister forces at work...

Wall Street

This Is the Troubling Future of High-Frequency Trading

The rats are fleeing their listing ships…

Of course, that's not surprising.

The Financial Times reported yesterday that high-frequency traders are leaving investment banks for hedge funds, prop trading houses, and their own startups.

Oh, you didn't realize that regular, Too Big to Fail, investment banks had high-frequency trading desks?

Surprise, surprise, surprise… High-frequency trading isn't the exclusive purview of specialized trading shops.

High-frequency trading is a proven money-raking machine, and today I'm going to tell you that's why it's part of most so-called investment banks' trading operations...

Stock Market Today

YHOO, JPM, and GS Earnings Top Today's Wall Street News

Wall Street news today, July 15, 2014: U.S. markets rallied on Monday as concerns over European debt subsided and investors took a more optimistic stance on second-quarter profit season. The financial sector led the charge ahead of their earnings this week. Today's futures were mixed as the markets prepare for Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's semiannual testimony before Congress.

Investors will also keep a close eye today on earnings reports from Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS), among others.

Here’s what you should know to make your Tuesday profitable:

Stock Market Today

Today's Wall Street News Led by GM, F, and BNP Paribas

Wall Street news today, July 1, 2014: U.S. stock markets were flat on Monday, but that represented good news as the second quarter came to a close. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished up for a sixth consecutive quarter, and the S&P 500 posted its best second-quarter gain since 2009.

Here’s the Wall Street news that will be moving markets today:

Wall Street

BNP Paribas Fine Breaks a Record

France's largest bank, BNP Paribas, will pay a fine of $8.8 billion for breaching U.S. sanctions on Iran and Sudan, making it the largest penalty in history for such a violation.

The BNP Paribas fine will settle a criminal investigation probe launched by the U.S. Treasury Department, the Department of Justice, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and the New York Department of Financial Services.

Here's why the punishment is bigger than any before...

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