Buyer’s Remorse on Wall Street

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A sad story from the Wall Street Journal:

Securities firms dangled big bucks to lure thousands of brokers away from rival companies during the past two years. Now those signing bonuses are causing an epidemic of buyer’s remorse.

Some of the star financial advisers who were promised six- or seven-figure payments to jump ship have been huge disappointments, failing to generate profits for their new employer. Others quickly abandoned the brokerage firm that wooed them.

Brings tears to your eyes, doesn’t it?

In other, totally unrelated news, there might be more to the honeybee colony collapse story than the New York Times told us a few days ago. Details here.

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