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Being well travels indicates nothing other than a disposable income, if you simply went to another country and tried to tell the locals why America is so much better, you would have missed out on an opportunity as well.
In my mind, the truest tests of intelligence are:
A) Recognizing Satire. Any one can take things at pure face value,however trying to find a deeper meaning or simply dismissing something as absurd for the sake of absurdity, having a chuckle and moving on to more pressing matters.
B) Having the ability to convince others of your own cause and ideas with words and actions.
You failed at both of these tests.
Where Is the "Excellence" in being a part of a company that lost 31 cents a share last quarter that currently has over $740B in outstanding debt and is getting dangerously close to penny stock territory.
For the "integrity" part of it, I'll just bring up collateralized debt obligations and the fact they paid 36% of TARP funds out as executive bonuses.
And if you are so good at "generating revenues", BofA wouldn't have needed to give Buffet 6% interest on newly issued Preferred stock or have such a cash flow problem that it now feels the need to charge every customer a $5 a month fee to access their own money.
Retail investors are going to disappear unless something drastic changes with volatility and investor confidence, and Merrill will not be far behind.