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Sellside Research Must Try Harder: Rocked by scandals, institutional sellside research will never b

Traders Magazine, November 2003

Nina Mehta

It took big scandals like Enron to expose widespread problems with Wall Street stock recommendations: bias, conflicts of interest and outright fraud. It turned institutional sellside research into a dirty word. But the problems were not new. "Sellside research has always been so conflicted that most institutional investors have taken it with large grains of salt," said Todd Petzel, former chief investment officer at Commonfund Asset Management Company.

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