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Recent articles by Stephen:

Wells Fargo May Not Be Done Paying for Its Misdeeds: Gadfly

Wells Fargo & Co.’s $1 billion settlement with regulators already has some saying that this marks the end of a troubled period for the scandal-plagued bank. That might be wishful thinking. → Read More

Bank Rule Changes Chip Away at Those Pesky Stress Tests

The annual exams lose their effectiveness as they become more opaque. → Read More

Morgan Stanley's Trading Rivalry Tests Its Business Model

Investors can assess the firm's direction now that it has stopped beating Goldman. → Read More

Goldman's Good Trading Quarter Complicates Its Future

The resurgence of FICC makes a shift back to investment banking more difficult. → Read More

Goldman’s Good Trading Quarter Complicates Its Future: Gadfly

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is back, and that’s a problem. → Read More

Bank of America May Have Become Too Cautious

A retreat from riskier lending areas could be a strategic blunder. → Read More

Banks Delivered on Earnings. So What Gives, Investors?

The promise of higher interest rates hasn't played out. → Read More

Wells Fargo Still Hasn't Dealt With Its Scandal Problem

It takes money to restore confidence and operational integrity. → Read More

Banks Delivered on Earnings. So What Gives, Investors?: Gadfly

You could excuse bank executives for being a little perplexed by their investors. JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co. all reported earnings on Friday morning that largely beat expectations. But shares of all three slumped soon after the market opened. → Read More

BlackRock Sells the Market, Now the Market Owns It

The giant asset manager could become a victim of its own success. → Read More

Circling Deficit Hawks Shouldn't Spook the Market

There's no correlation between government debt and investor returns. → Read More

Stock Market Scavenger Hunters Should Think Again

An earnings gauge is flashing the cheap signal, but it's misleading. → Read More

Tax Cuts Make Wall Street's First Quarter Look Better Than It Is

Look beneath the tax-cut benefit for the true state of corporate America. → Read More

The Terrific (But Not as Good as It Looks) First Quarter: Gadfly

Wall Street’s best quarter in years will come with a large asterisk. How big may determine where stocks are headed next. → Read More

Tax Cut's Warts Show Up in Short-Term Lending

Cash repatriation jumbles a global financing mechanism. → Read More

Flattening Yield Curve Doesn’t Hurt Wall Street’s Verve: Gadfly

Usually when the bond market and the stock market disagree, the smart money sides with bonds. This time investors seem eager to take the other side of that trade, but that optimism could soon be misplaced. → Read More

Leverage Boost for BDCs Adds to Trump Era Goody Jar: Gadfly

The Wall Street giveaways continue in the Trump era. The question is when the weight of all those gifts will threaten the stability of the financial system. → Read More

A Little Tariff Talk Goes a Long Way in Spooking the Market

Investors don't respond well to threats -- real or imagined -- to big companies. → Read More

A Little Tariff Talk Goes a Long Way in Spooking the Market

The economy continues to chug along with no recession in sight. Globally, growth seems to be in the beginning stages of a resurgence. U.S. corporations, in part because they are holding onto much of their tax cut gains for now, are expected to have their best earnings growth -- nearly 20 percent -- in years in the first quarter. → Read More

Powell Revs a Little But Needs to Watch His Speed

The Fed chairman signals a steeper rate path, but he should be careful not to get too far ahead of expectations. → Read More