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NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of E-Trade Financial Corp. surged Monday after reports said that a larger rival was considering a bid for the online brokerage, just a few days after its largest shareholder urged E-Trade to consider putting itself up for sale…. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that TD Ameritrade is considering a bid for E-Trade, citing people familiar with the matter.

Like every brokerage firm out there, AmeriTrade does some things right, and some things wrong, one of which is bonds. Pray to whatever gods you pray to that such a deal does not happen. AmeriTrade is a horrible bond broker, continuing the path and practices of TD Waterhouse (whom they took over).

But what will happen, will happen, and now I'm out the door for a 2-3 week fishing trip. With river flows throughout the Western states at 2x-5x their seasonal averages, conditions are going to be challenging, to say the least. My fall-back will be pothole lakes and head-water creeks, if mosquitoes, horse flies, and grizzlies permit. But I'm looking forward to field-testing some rods I built just for this trip.
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