SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

January 10, 2011 08:46 ET

These Brokerages Should Thrive With a Brighter Economic Outlook

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on E-Trade & TD Ameritrade

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 E*Trade Financial Corp. (NASDAQ: ETFC) and TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. (NASDAQ: AMTD). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

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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At its third quarter earnings call, Ameritrade's Chief Executive Fred Tomczyk said the company is still looking for acquisitions that provide an opportunity for the company to "add scale." Previously, Ameritrade expressed interest in E*Trade, but said it must make "strategic sense."

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