An important descriptor of the action on Wall Street is the Volume of Shares Traded.  Today that number was 335,678,907.

 

For traders with household balances less than $1,000,000, Charles Schwab charges $12.95 for the first 1,000 shares of each executed online equity trade.

 

If Charles Schwab had handled every trade today (In your dreams, Chuck), the total transaction fees would have totaled somewhere in the neighborhood of $4,347,042.

 

Obviously, not everyone involved in the Wall Street meltdown is on the road to the poorhouse.

 

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