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Wall Street Finds Friends Can Help Scrub Records

Sept. 6 (Bloomberg) -- If there’s one thing we learned from Bernie Madoff, Allen Stanford and the countless perpetrators of the financial crisis, it’s that nobody’s word is worth trusting.

The parade of Ponzi guys and unindicted bankers of recent years has inspired a new enthusiasm for sleuthing by the public. There’s even a cottage industry of vetters willing to size up a broker if you aren’t inclined to do the work yourself.