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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 6/10

vs
industry
vs
history
Cash to Debt 0.55
MS's Cash to Debt is ranked lower than
60% of the 379 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 101.40 vs. MS: 0.55 )
MS' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 0.55
Current: 0.55

0.03
0.55
Equity to Asset 0.08
MS's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
61% of the 369 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.37 vs. MS: 0.08 )
MS' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.03   Max: 0.13
Current: 0.08

0.03
0.13
Interest Coverage 1.01
MS's Interest Coverage is ranked lower than
59% of the 319 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 13.78 vs. MS: 1.01 )
MS' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 1.16
Current: 1.01

0.06
1.16
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 0.16
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 5/10

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industry
vs
history
Operating margin (%) 13.83
MS's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 391 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 17.69 vs. MS: 13.83 )
MS' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 1.99   Max: 35.01
Current: 13.83

1.99
35.01
Net-margin (%) 9.04
MS's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
61% of the 395 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 11.99 vs. MS: 9.04 )
MS' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.26   Max: 25.04
Current: 9.04

0.26
25.04
ROE (%) 4.45
MS's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 391 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 5.64 vs. MS: 4.45 )
MS' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 0.11   Max: 28.31
Current: 4.45

0.11
28.31
ROA (%) 0.35
MS's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
53% of the 395 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.58 vs. MS: 0.35 )
MS' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 2.33
Current: 0.35

0.01
2.33
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 74.46
MS's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
65% of the 380 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 103.16 vs. MS: 74.46 )
MS' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 1.08   Max: 243.46
Current: 74.46

1.08
243.46
Revenue Growth (%) -9.20
MS's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
58% of the 297 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: -1.60 vs. MS: -9.20 )
MS' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: -11.7   Max: 22.6
Current: -9.2

-11.7
22.6
EBITDA Growth (%) -17.20
MS's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
62% of the 255 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: -4.20 vs. MS: -17.20 )
MS' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: -41.8   Max: 44.4
Current: -17.2

-41.8
44.4
EPS Growth (%) -17.30
MS's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
59% of the 253 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.70 vs. MS: -17.30 )
MS' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: -31.6   Max: 43.4
Current: -17.3

-31.6
43.4
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Guru Trades

Q1 2013

MS Guru Trades in Q1 2013

Arnold Schneider 34,110 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 1,875,338 sh (+5281.94%)
Diamond Hill Capital 8,593,330 sh (+2965.62%)
Caxton Associates 7,377,618 sh (+994.6%)
Louis Moore Bacon 4,486,312 sh (+124.32%)
Ray Dalio 347,855 sh (+44.07%)
Richard Pzena 11,517,553 sh (+21.33%)
Meryl Witmer 28,746,125 sh (+3.29%)
Jeremy Grantham 482,800 sh (+2.79%)
Ken Heebner 10,950,000 sh (unchged)
Daniel Loeb Sold Out
George Soros Sold Out
Mario Gabelli 1,421,680 sh (-3.76%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 3,557,100 sh (-16.15%)
John Rogers 232,345 sh (-29.49%)
Ken Fisher 16,688 sh (-31.42%)
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Q2 2013

MS Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Ronald Muhlenkamp 11,260 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 3,719,730 sh (New)
Arnold Schneider 212,169 sh (+522.01%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,102,285 sh (+128.31%)
Richard Pzena 13,271,340 sh (+15.23%)
Mario Gabelli 1,542,560 sh (+8.5%)
Diamond Hill Capital 9,064,766 sh (+5.49%)
Meryl Witmer 29,607,974 sh (+3%)
Ken Heebner 10,950,000 sh (unchged)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 4,000 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
John Rogers 216,625 sh (-6.77%)
Ken Fisher 12,260 sh (-26.53%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,605,500 sh (-26.75%)
Caxton Associates 5,235,004 sh (-29.04%)
Ray Dalio 95,855 sh (-72.44%)
Steven Cohen 126,817 sh (-93.24%)
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Q3 2013

MS Guru Trades in Q3 2013

John Keeley 66,000 sh (New)
Jim Simons 612,400 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 5,586,088 sh (+50.17%)
Ken Heebner 13,100,000 sh (+19.63%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,262,609 sh (+14.54%)
Mario Gabelli 1,687,085 sh (+9.37%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 11,260 sh (unchged)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 4,000 sh (unchged)
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Diamond Hill Capital 8,937,791 sh (-1.4%)
Richard Pzena 12,730,045 sh (-4.08%)
Arnold Schneider 191,994 sh (-9.51%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,332,900 sh (-10.46%)
John Rogers 188,575 sh (-12.95%)
Caxton Associates 3,526,204 sh (-32.64%)
Ken Fisher 7,741 sh (-36.86%)
Steven Cohen 38,497 sh (-69.64%)
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Q4 2013

MS Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jim Chanos 460,100 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 143,108 sh (+271.74%)
Caxton Associates 4,329,566 sh (+22.78%)
John Keeley 74,500 sh (+12.88%)
Pioneer Investments 6,214,899 sh (+11.26%)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 12,065 sh (+7.15%)
Mario Gabelli 1,701,685 sh (+0.87%)
Jean-Marie Eveillard 1,700 sh (unchged)
Ken Heebner 13,100,000 sh (unchged)
Ronald Muhlenkamp 4,320 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
Ken Fisher 7,724 sh (-0.22%)
HOTCHKIS & WILEY 2,293,700 sh (-1.68%)
Richard Pzena 12,484,310 sh (-1.93%)
Arnold Schneider 180,804 sh (-5.83%)
Diamond Hill Capital 7,892,128 sh (-11.7%)
John Rogers 153,880 sh (-18.4%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,029,377 sh (-18.47%)
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Latest Guru Trades with MS

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
John Keeley 2013-09-30 New Buy0.03%$24.04 - $29.02 $ 30.7614%66000
Ray Dalio 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.02%$24.04 - $29.02 $ 30.7614%0
Ronald Muhlenkamp 2013-06-30 New Buy0.06%$20.31 - $27.15 $ 30.7630%11260
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 Reduce -72.44%0.05%$20.31 - $27.15 $ 30.7630%95855
Daniel Loeb 2013-03-31 Sold Out 2.7%$19.12 - $24.32 $ 30.7638%0
George Soros 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.95%$19.12 - $24.32 $ 30.7638%0
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 Add 44.07%0.02%$19.12 - $24.32 $ 30.7638%347855
Richard Perry 2012-12-31 Sold Out 3.2%$16.09 - $19.27 $ 30.7677%0
Daniel Loeb 2012-12-31 New Buy2.7%$16.09 - $19.27 $ 30.7677%7750000
George Soros 2012-12-31 New Buy0.95%$16.09 - $19.27 $ 30.7677%4144200
Ray Dalio 2012-12-31 New Buy0.05%$16.09 - $19.27 $ 30.7677%241455
John Burbank 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.01%$12.62 - $18.25 $ 30.76106%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-09-30 Sold Out 0.01%$12.62 - $18.25 $ 30.76106%0
Richard Perry 2012-06-30 Add 18429.4%3.18%$12.57 - $19.63 $ 30.76101%5355000
John Keeley 2012-06-30 Sold Out 0.03%$12.57 - $19.63 $ 30.76101%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-06-30 New Buy0.01%$12.57 - $19.63 $ 30.76101%12026
John Burbank 2012-06-30 New Buy0.01%$12.57 - $19.63 $ 30.76101%11317
Richard Perry 2012-03-31 New Buy0.03%$15.9 - $21.17 $ 30.7675%28900
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.1%$12.47 - $19.41 $ 30.7698%0
John Keeley 2011-12-31 New Buy0.02%$12.47 - $19.41 $ 30.7698%58000
Bruce Berkowitz 2011-09-30 Sold Out 2.1321%$13.06 - $24.2 $ 30.7667%0
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 New Buy0.1%$13.06 - $24.2 $ 30.7668%485868
Bruce Berkowitz 2011-06-30 Reduce -69.24%5.1%$21.93 - $27.76 $ 30.7626%11964700
George Soros 2011-06-30 Sold Out $21.93 - $27.76 $ 30.7626%0
George Soros 2011-03-31 Reduce -90.19%0.09%$27.11 - $30.99 $ 30.767%17400
Mario Gabelli 2011-03-31 Reduce -24.2%0.09%$27.11 - $30.99 $ 30.767%1459070
John Keeley 2011-03-31 Sold Out $27.11 - $30.99 $ 30.767%0
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Preferred stocks of Morgan Stanley

SymbolPriceYieldDescription
MSPRE25.333.57
MSPRA0.005.01ADR
MSPRF24.852.27Deposit Shs Repr 1/1000th Non-Cum Pfd Shs Series -F-

Guru Investment Theses on Morgan Stanley

Diamond Hill Capital Comments on Morgan Stanley - Mar 05, 2014

Investment broker Morgan Stanley (MS) was a strong performer during the quarter as the company reported another period of improving margins and generally stronger profitability. Additionally, its capital levels continue to improve.



From Diamond Hill Capital (Trades, Portfolio)'s Fourth Quarter 2013 Commentary.

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Daniel Comments on Morgan Stanley - Apr 04, 2013


During the Fourth Quarter, we initiated a position in Morgan Stanley (MS), which we believe is in the early innings of a turnaround. The bank’s investment banking advisory and equity sales and trading businesses – which we know well from our perspectives as both investors and long-time satisfied clients – have consistently won top three market shares and are impressively positioned. Although MS has historically failed to capitalize on its strengths, its leadership currently is focused on growing its good businesses while consolidating and successfully fixing its previously troubled Wealth Management business.In 2013, we expect Morgan Stanley to tackle its other weak business, Fixed Income, Currency, and Commodities (FICC) sales and trading. Morgan Stanley’s stock currently trades at a 20% discount to tangible book (down from a 35% discount when we acquired our stake at an average cost of $16.77 per share), and we view MS at these prices as a chance to buy a free call option on a promising restructuring.

In Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley has approached the turnaround with focus and results have been encouraging. The underlying earnings power of the combined MorganStanley Smith Barney business can be seen in the pre-tax margin line: pre-tax margins in Wealth Management have risen from 6% in 2009 to 13% in Q3 2012, and look on track to meet or exceed management’s mid-teens target for 2013. Morgan Stanley has a tougherroad ahead in dealing with its FICC businesses, which are limping along with a still-bloatedcost structure and anemic returns due to regulatory changes stemming from the GlobalFinancial Crisis. Nearly two thirds of the company’s Risk Weighted Assets on a fully loadedBasel IIIfourth quarter commentary.


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Daniel Loeb Comments on Morgan Stanley - Jan 09, 2013

New Equity Position: Morgan Stanley
During the Fourth Quarter, we initiated a position in Morgan Stanley (MS), which we believe is in the early innings of a turnaround. The bank’s investment banking advisory and equity sales and trading businesses – which we know well from our perspectives as both investors and long-time satisfied clients – have consistently won top three market shares and are impressively positioned. Although MS has historically failed to capitalize on its strengths, its leadership currently is focused on growing its good businesses while consolidating and successfully fixing its previously troubled Wealth Management business. In 2013, we expect Morgan Stanley to tackle its other weak business, Fixed Income,Currency, and Commodities (FICC) sales and trading. Morgan Stanley’s stock currently trades at a 20% discount to tangible book (down from a 35% discount when we acquired our stake at an average cost of $16.77 per share), and we view MS at these prices as a chance to buy a free call option on a promising restructuring.

In Wealth Management, Morgan Stanley has approached the turnaround with focus and results have been encouraging. The underlying earnings power of the combined Morgan Stanley Smith Barney business can be seen in the pre-tax margin line: pre-tax margins in Wealth Management have risen from 6% in 2009 to 13% in Q3 2012, and look on track to meet or exceed management’s mid-teens target for 2013. Morgan Stanley has a tougher road ahead in dealing with its FICC businesses, which are limping along with a still-bloated cost structure and anemic returns due to regulatory changes stemming from the Global Financial Crisis. Nearly two thirds of the company’s Risk Weighted Assets on a fully loaded Basel III basis support the FICC businesses, which combined to generate roughly 25% of revenues1 in 2012. In Q4 2012, two of Morgan Stanley’s peers, UBS and Citi, took decisive action to restructure businesses irreparably harmed by regulatory changes. While we appreciate that Morgan Stanley finds itself in somewhat different circumstances, we still expect it to follow its peers’ lead and come up with a bold fix for the struggling FICC businesses early in 2013.

If we did not believe Morgan Stanley’s management was up to these important tasks, we would not own such a significant position. As they look to cut costs, we believe it is critical to set the right tone at the Board level. We were surprised to learn that in 2011, Morgan Stanley paid its average Director $357k, or 26% more than Citigroup’s average Director ($283k) and 42% more than JPMorgan’s average Director ($251k), although Morgan Stanley is a substantially smaller and simpler bank. One of MS’s directors is familiar to us from previous corporate governance battles we have fought against moribund Boards not up to the job of turning around great institutions. We hope Morgan Stanley will show that its reinvention begins at the top, and set an example for the company by quickly revising its board practices and considering an upgrade of the composition of its board of directors to reflect best principles of corporate governance.

Finally, our enthusiasm about MS’s turnaround benefits from our generally constructive macro views. We expect CEO confidence to rise and global corporate activity levels to increase markedly in 2013. Morgan Stanley, with its sterling reputation, talent pool, and record in execution in investment banking advisory and capital markets, is uniquely positioned to benefit from this improvement. Assuming Wealth Management pre-tax margins improve to 20% by 2014, Morgan Stanley’s earnings profile will shift toward a 50/50 split between cyclical, capital intensive capital markets businesses and a stable, capital-light Wealth Management business. This should lead to multiple expansion towards 12-13x P/E on projected earnings of approximately $3 per share driven by the Wealth Management margin improvement, FICC restructuring initiatives, and a stronger corporate activity environment. The combination of these factors suggests Morgan Stanley shares should nearly double from the recent $20 level.

From Daniel Loeb's Third Point Fourth Quarter Letter.

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Ratios

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industry
vs
history
P/E(ttm) 22.70
MS's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
60% of the 322 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 20.30 vs. MS: 22.70 )
MS' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 7.06   Max: 402.14
Current: 22.7

7.06
402.14
P/B 0.96
MS's P/B is ranked higher than
74% of the 357 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.36 vs. MS: 0.96 )
MS' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 0.3   Max: 2.19
Current: 0.96

0.3
2.19
P/S 1.86
MS's P/S is ranked higher than
71% of the 393 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 3.01 vs. MS: 1.86 )
MS' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.44   Max: 2.5
Current: 1.86

0.44
2.5
PFCF 1.76
MS's PFCF is ranked higher than
94% of the 207 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 11.72 vs. MS: 1.76 )
MS' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 199.63
Current: 1.76

0.16
199.63
EV-to-EBIT 25.56
MS's EV-to-EBIT is ranked lower than
61% of the 297 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 15.72 vs. MS: 25.56 )
MS' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 18.4   Max: 1883.3
Current: 25.56

18.4
1883.3
Shiller P/E 33.51
MS's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
59% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 17.84 vs. MS: 33.51 )
MS' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 2   Max: 130.58
Current: 33.51

2
130.58

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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history
Dividend Yield 0.70
MS's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
91% of the 299 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.50 vs. MS: 0.70 )
MS' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.6   Max: 11.16
Current: 0.7

0.6
11.16
Dividend Payout 0.14
MS's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
91% of the 263 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.43 vs. MS: 0.14 )
MS' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: -10   Max: 0.75
Current: 0.14

-10
0.75
Yield on cost (5-Year) 0.33
MS's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked lower than
97% of the 305 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 2.53 vs. MS: 0.33 )
MS' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.29   Max: 5.31
Current: 0.33

0.29
5.31
Share Buyback Rate -11.50
MS's Share Buyback Rate is ranked lower than
52% of the 285 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: -1.10 vs. MS: -11.50 )
MS' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 3.2   Max: -19.1
Current: -11.5

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Tangible Book 1.14
MS's Price/Tangible Book is ranked higher than
64% of the 316 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.50 vs. MS: 1.14 )
MS' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 0.55   Max: 3.55
Current: 1.14

0.55
3.55
Price/DCF (Projected) 0.23
MS's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
94% of the 196 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 0.90 vs. MS: 0.23 )
MS' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.22   Max: 35.26
Current: 0.23

0.22
35.26
Price/Median PS Value 1.04
MS's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
66% of the 362 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. MS: 1.04 )
MS' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 1.44
Current: 1.04

0.36
1.44
Price/Graham Number 0.88
MS's Price/Graham Number is ranked higher than
67% of the 264 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. MS: 0.88 )
MS' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 0.36   Max: 1.41
Current: 0.88

0.36
1.41
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 3.90
MS's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked lower than
54% of the 338 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 6.30 vs. MS: 3.90 )
MS' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 0.1   Max: 5.4
Current: 3.9

0.1
5.4
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 32.62
MS's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
93% of the 273 Companies
in the Global Capital Markets industry.

( Industry Median: 3.80 vs. MS: 32.62 )
MS' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -284.3   Max: 58
Current: 32.62

-284.3
58

Business Description

Industry: Brokers & Exchanges » Capital Markets
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Traded in other countries:DWD.Germany
Morgan Stanley was originally incorporated under the laws of the State of Delaware in 1981. The Company is a financial services firm that, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, provides its products and services to a diversified group of clients and customers, including corporations, governments, financial institutions and individuals. It has three business segments: Institutional Securities, Global Wealth Management Group and Asset Management. The Institutional Securities segment offers financial advisory services on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, corporate restructurings, recapitalizations, spin-offs, exchange offers, leveraged buyouts, takeover defenses, and shareholder relations, as well as provides capital raising and corporate lending services. This segment also engages in sales, trading, financing, and market-making activities, including equity trading, fixed income and commodities, research, and investment activities, as well as provides financing services, such as prime brokerage, consolidated clearance, settlement, custody, financing, and portfolio reporting services. Its Global Wealth Management Group segment offers brokerage and investment advisory services covering various types of investments comprising equities, options, futures, foreign currencies, precious metals, fixed income securities, mutual funds, structured products, alternative investments, unit investment trusts, managed futures, separately managed accounts, and mutual fund asset allocation programs. This segment also provides education savings programs, financial and wealth planning services, annuity and other insurance products, cash management services, trust and fiduciary services, retirement solutions, and credit and other lending products, as well as engages in fixed income principal trading. The Company's Asset Management business segment, consisting of Merchant Banking, Traditional Asset Management and Real Estate Investing activities, is one of the investment management organizations of full-service financial services firm and offers clients an array of equity, fixed income and alternative investments and merchant banking strategies. The Company competes with commercial banks, brokerage firms, insurance companies, electronic trading and clearing platforms, financial data repositories, sponsors of mutual funds, hedge funds, energy companies and other companies offering financial or ancillary services in the U.S., globally and through the internet. As a financial services firm, the Company is subject to extensive regulation by U.S. federal and state regulatory agencies and securities exchanges and by regulators and exchanges in each of the major markets where it conducts its business.

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