8/3/2009

The Federal Reserve has become one of the largest customers of Wall Street banks as it strives to stabilize markets by purchasing securities. The result has been huge profits for the banks, raising questions about how the U.S. government deals with private-sector counterparties. "You can make big money trading with the government," said an executive at an investment-management firm. "The government is a huge buyer and seller, and Wall Street has all the pricing power."

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