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  Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 10:51 AM ET

Will Rising Silver Margins Cap the Market?

Posted By: Lori Spechler
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Silver bar and coins

Silver margins are going up —again. As the CME tries to keep pace with the explosive silver rally, the exchange has now hiked margin requirements eight times in the past twelve months.

While increased margins are more of a reaction to price and volume than a meaningful intent to control prices, market watchers say that increasing margins has sometimes caused investors to reduce positions and deleverage in order to meet those higher margin requirements.

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  Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 10:29 AM ET

Hazing at Goldman Sachs

Posted By: John Carney
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The Goldman Sachs booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange

There is perhaps no more telling detail about what kind of person works at Goldman Sachs than the story of the Memorial Day weekend meeting William Cohan relates in his book "Money and Power."

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  Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 9:49 AM ET

The Great Wikileaks Bank of America Hoax

Posted By: John Carney
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Julian Assange

What ever happened to the cache of banking secrets Wikileaks was supposedly going to release early this year?

Wikileaks honcho Julian Assange told Andy Greenberg at Forbes that he was in possession of a trove of documents that "could take down a bank or two." The documents wouldn't necessarily show illegality but they would reveal an "ecosystem of corruption" at one of the biggest banks in the United States. Wikileaks would release it "early next year."

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  Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011 | 8:16 AM ET

Hedge Funds Short Obama

Posted By: Julia La Roche
  Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 4:52 PM ET

A Piece of Carl Icahn’s Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Posted By: John Carney
  Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 4:06 PM ET

Tim Geithner: Surfer Dude

Posted By: John Carney
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  Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 3:27 PM ET

How Japan Dealt a Double Blow to Hedge Funds

Posted By: John Carney
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To the banker-poet T.S. Eliot, April was the cruelest month.

But for many hedge fund traders who take bets on economic trends around the world, March was the cruelest they can remember.

“We just got whacked. Japan was a double hit—killing our longs and our shorts,” a young hedge funder said at a beer garden in Manhattan’s meatpacking district.

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  Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 2:25 PM ET

What Might Next Round of Fed Easing Look Like?

Posted By: Jeff Cox
Ben Bernanke
Ben Bernanke

No question that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke faces Wednesday will be more important than the big enchilada of monetary policy: After QE 2, then what?

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  Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 12:15 PM ET

Sontag Emerges as Dark Horse Candidate for Top Merrill Brokerage Job

Posted By: John Carney
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Bank of America flag

Bank of America executives have secretly met with long-time Merrill Lynch veteran Dan Sontag in hopes of tapping him to run the U.S. wealth management division, according to people briefed on the matter.

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  Monday, 25 Apr 2011 | 11:09 AM ET

The Culture Clash Cost Merrill Its Brokerage Chief

Posted By: John Carney
Bank of America
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Bank of America

The infighting at Bank of America over picking a new head for its U.S. wealth management division was set off by the unexpected resignation of Lyle LaMothe.

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