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The Bedford Report

January 10, 2011 11:25 ET

Investment Brokerages Look Strong Heading Into Earnings Season

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Charles Schwab & MF Global Holdings

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 10, 2011) - Low trading volumes have plagued investment brokerages over the past year as shrinking investor confidence resulted in an 18% drop in US trading volume during the third quarter. Lately, Brokerages have been working to motivate investors to return to trading, competing against itself for larger shares of the dwindling trading volumes by moving strongly toward lower commission schedules and commission free ETFs. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the National Investment Brokerage Industry and provides research reports on Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) and MF Global Holdings Ltd. (NYSE: MF). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-01-SCHW

www.bedfordreport.com/2011-01-MF

Investors appear more confident in the economy as a whole, which should help customers move their money back into the markets. This is excellent news for brokerages considering earnings season begins this week. According to recent report from CNBC, Goldman Sachs chief economist Jan Hatzius predicts that earnings will jump 25 percent in 2011-well above consensus estimates

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In recent news the Securities Law Firm of Mark A. Tepper, P.A. announced that it has filed individual claims against Charles Schwab, alleging the discount brokerage firm misrepresented that the Schwab YieldPlus Fund was suitable as a smart alternative for your cash.

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