The Greed That Wall Street Needs

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The guest on this week's nationally syndicated Motley Fool Money radio show is banking analyst Mike Mayo, author of Exile on Wall Street: One Analyst's Fight to Save the Big Banks From Themselves. While most of the big U.S. banks passed the Federal Reserve's most recent stress tests, banks such as Citigroup, SunTrust, and MetLife did not. In this audio segment, Mayo analyzes what the stress tests mean for individual investors. Also, in the wake of Goldman Sachs executive Greg Smith's public departure, Mayo discusses why "long-term greed" is good for banks and for the balance between healthy capitalism and capitalism run amok.

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