From Briefing.com this morning... Just a slap on the wrist for these guys and now its back to business as usual! 08:53 NYSE traders tentatively agreed to pay $240 mln - WSJ The Wall Street Journal reports the NYSE's five largest floor-trading firms tentatively agreed to pay a total of about $240 mln to settle civil charges that they stepped ahead of customer orders that came to the Big Board. As part of the preliminary accord, the specialists would pay a total of about $155 mln in disgorgement of ill-gotten gains to investors; the firms also would pay penalties of about $85 mln, the person familiar with the matter said. The firms that have tentatively agreed to a settlement are Bear Stearns Cos.' Bear Wagner Specialists; Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s Spear, Leeds & Kellogg; LaBranche & Co.; Van Der Moolen Holding NV's Van Der Moolen Specialists USA; and FleetBoston Financial Corp.'s Fleet Specialist unit. So...we agree that this happened but now how can the NYSE assure that this is not happeing now?