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Facebook, Morgan Stanley, and “Dumb Money”

Posted by Larry Doyle on May 24th, 2012 4:01 AM |

For an industry that has ongoing and enormous reputational issues, the manner in which the high profile Facebook underwriting was handled is a clear indication that Wall Street has learned very little over the last few years.

Those in the industry can point to the fact that selective disclosures during an IPO process are not illegal. That is a pathetic statement, but one which far too many will utilize to justify — or I should say, rationalize — horrendous business decisions. The WSJ alludes to this reality in writing, Some Big Firms Got Facebook Warning:

It is one of Wall Street’s best-kept secrets: Securities firms are allowed to selectively confer with favored large investing clients about crucial information as they prepare IPOs. (more…)

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