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The $3.7 trillion municipal market is on pace for its first monthly loss of 2014, and trailing gains in Treasuries amid a glut of issuance by states and localities. more »
The two self-regulators are proposing rules that would require dealers as principals to disclose to customers a “reference price” of the same security traded that same day as well as the difference between that price and the customer’s price. more »
The timing is right to put MLPs to work for your client, as long as you fully grasp the nuances of these sometimes confusing and volatile investment vehicles. more »
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Bank of America cut third- quarter earnings by $400 million, wiping out the surprise profit it reported last month, as the firm braced for the end of probes into foreign-exchange dealings. more »
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