WALL STREET: Perot's Orderly Retreat

Computer Millionaire H. Ross Perot's decision in 1971 to take over the teetering brokerage firm of duPont, Glore Forgan & Co. was widely credited with averting a round of genuine investor panic on Wall Street. Among other things, it seemed that the firm's customers claimed that they owned about $15 million more in securities than could be found in duPont, Glore Forgan's vaults. Other brokers were hardly anxious for back-office carelessness on Wall Street to become any more of an issue than it already was—which was certain to happen if the...

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