News Release

Statement of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Regarding Bear Stearns' Broker Dealers

Washington, D.C. — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), in coordination with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other regulatory authorities, has been monitoring the U.S. broker-dealer subsidiaries of Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. These broker dealers (Bear, Stearns & Co Inc., Bear, Stearns Securities Corp., Bear Wagner Specialists LLC) remain in compliance with the SEC's and FINRA's capital rules.

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