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Morgan Stanley to slash 1600 jobs

It's going to be a tough new year for many at Morgan Stanley. The Wall Street bank has disclosed plans to cut 1600 jobs in the first three months of the coming year.

What Foreclosuregate Means for Investors

 This article is part of our Rising Star Portfolios series. You can read about the Dada Portfolio here.

With tales of mortgage securitization "improprieties" and foreclosure fraud on the rise, investors may be wondering which companies will be affected. Here are three areas the Dada Portfolio is watching.


The Cutthroat Battle for Your Money

 Investors like to think that the financial advisors they work with are 100% focused on making sure they pick the best investments. But now more than ever, advisors have their own jobs to worry about -- and as Wall Street deals with increasing regulation and pressures on profits, you may find yourself on the short end of the customer-service stick.


Accretive Health Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

 Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

Foreclosure Battle Rages On

"We did a thorough review of the process, and we found the facts underlying the decision to foreclose have been accurate. We paused while we were doing that, and now we're moving forward."

-- Barbara J. Desoer, president of Bank of America Home Loans

The Rogue Traders' Gallery

In 1987's Wall Street, experienced trader Marvin says to rookie Bud Fox, "We're all just one trade away from humility."

This Just In: Upgrades and Downgrades

At The Motley Fool, we poke plenty of fun at Wall Street analysts and their endless cycle of upgrades, downgrades, and "initiating coverage at neutral." So you might think we'd be the last people to give virtual ink to such "news." And we would be -- if that were all we were doing.

What Investors Think About Morgan Stanley

Together, we are all trying to build our fortune by finding well-run companies at bargain-basement prices. But it takes work -- scouring company earnings reports, scrutinizing key data, and assessing the competition.

Morgan Stanley to handle sale of Treasury's stake in Citigroup

The Treasury Department announced on Monday that investment banking firm Morgan Stanley will handle the sale of government’s stake in Citigroup Inc. A Treasury spokesperson said that the agreement would be made public later this week.

Discover settles with Morgan Stanley

New York -- Discover Financial Services is to pay $775 million to its former parent Morgan Stanley to resolve a dispute over an antitrust settlement, officials said.

The settlement, reported Friday in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, ends a legal dispute stemming from a $2.75 billion antitrust settlement payment Discover received from Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. as part of a 2004 lawsuit.

Morgan Stanley spun off Discover into an independent entity in 2007, with the companies agreeing Morgan Stanley was entitled to receive a portion of Discover's settlement. Discover failed to pay the dividend and Morgan Stanley sued Discover and won in a legal ruling last month.