Another Wall Street Bank Under Investigation

The Wall Street Journal reports Morgan Stanley is under the microscope of federal prosecutors and government regulators. They're looking into the bank's marketing of complex mortgage securities known as CDOs. According to the paper, Morgan Stanley sold the securities to investors, and at the same time placed bets against the investments.

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NPR's business news starts with another Wall Street investigation.

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NEARY: It's not just Goldman Sachs. The Wall Street Journal reports that another big bank, Morgan Stanley, is under the microscope of federal prosecutors and government regulators. They're looking into the bank's marketing of complex mortgage securities known as CDOs. According to the Journal, Morgan Stanley sold these securities to investors, and at the same time, placed bets against those investments.

Morgan Stanley's CEO James Gorman has responded to the report. Bloomberg News quotes him as saying: "There's no substance to allegations that the bank misled investors."

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