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Ameritrade merger

May 9, 2005
E-Trade's in talks about a possible merger with rival Ameritrade. The price tag... more than $5.5 billion dollars. Sounds like a perfect marriage. If the two companies got together, they'd barely even have to change the letterhead. But there's more to it than just cutting down on printing costs, according to reporter Dennis Berman of the Wall Street Journal:
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NYSE liquidity

May 9, 2005
The planned merger between the New York Stock Exchange and the electronic trading firm Archipelago is being challenged in court. A retired broker named William Higgins--who owns an exchange seat--says he and other seat owners should be getting more cash out of the deal. He's accusing NYSE execs of "grossly undervaluing" the exchange. Meanwhile the man behind the deal--NYSE chief John Thain--said today the lights on the exchange's famous floor won't be going out anytime soon. Marketplace's Bob Moon has that story:
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The Week on Wallstreet

May 6, 2005
Time to check the week on Wall Street with stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson in Dallas.
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The Sloan Sessions: housing and inflation

May 2, 2005
In this edition of The Sloan Sessions, Newsweek's Wall Street editor Allan Sloan explains why the inflation numbers should actually be higher.
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The week on Wall Street

Apr 29, 2005
Time to check the week on Wall Street with stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson in Dallas.
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To market, to market

Apr 28, 2005
The stock markets have been all over the place lately -- not a good sign for supporters of privatizing Social Security. Host Kai Ryssdal talks with personal finance expert Chris Farrell about what the market volatility means for Baby Boomer retirements.
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More stagflation worries

Apr 25, 2005
The markets are all over the place lately. Host Tess Vigeland talks with personal finance expert Gabriel Wisdom about what's driving them and about the prospect of stagflation.
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The week that was on Wall Street

Apr 22, 2005
Time to check the week on Wall Street with stockbroker and business analyst David Johnson in Dallas.
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John Steele Gordon on the history of the NYSE

Apr 22, 2005
Today, an electronic stock trading company called Instinet made it official, announcing they'll merge with Nasdaq. There'd been lots of talk this might happen, but as market mergers go, few expected NASDAQ would be beaten to the punch by the New York Stock Exchange. On Wednesday the NYSE announced a new partnership with electronic trading firm Archipelago. The deal brings together the last of the major old-style auction markets with an all electronic market.<br />John Steele Gordon is an author and business historian. We asked him if these mergers will really fundamentally change Wall Street...
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Handing out invitations to the stagflation party

Apr 21, 2005
With energy prices high, a rising deficit and a sluggish economy, Wall Street's abuzz with rumors of impending stagflation. Host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Marketplace Economist Chris Farrell to find out what exactly stagflation is... and what, if anything, the government can do to stop it.
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