The current financial crisis in the US has taken a big toll on some storied companies in the recent few months, with unimaginable consequences for the entire financial sector. Consider this:
FannieMae (NYSE:FNM) and FreddieMac (NYSE:FRE) are now under US government conservatorship
Bear Stearns (NYSE:BSC) was purchased for a pittance by JP Morgan (NYSE:JPM)
Merrill Lynch (NYSE:MER) sold itself to Bank of America (NYSE:BAC)
Lehman Brothers went bankrupt recently (NYSE:LEH)...