08/25/2010 11:36 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Despite Reform, Banks Have Room For Risky Deals

When Congress passed a new financial regulation bill last month, it sought to prevent federally insured banks from making speculative bets using their own money. But that will not stop banks from making bets that some critics deem risky, even as the rules go into effect over the next few years.

That is because many such bets -- on the direction of the stock market or the price of coal, for example -- are done on behalf of clients. So, the banks say, they will continue to be allowable despite the new restrictions.

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