Total operating expenses for the quarter decreased $25 million sequentially to $281 million due to seasonally higher advertising and compensation expenses incurred during the first quarter. Other expenses included legal settlements and other reserves of $3.1 million, as well as a $10.2 million benefit related to a reduction of the Company’s reserve resulting from the completion of an offer to purchase auction rate securities from eligible holders which expired on May 15, 2012. Over the course of the program, the Company has purchased and subsequently liquidated approximately $145 million in auction rate securities from approximately 1,000 customers. With the completion of the offer to purchase, the Company does not believe it has any remaining material exposure related to auction rate securities.The Company’s loan portfolio ended the quarter at $11.8 billion, contracting $624 million from the prior quarter, primarily related to $503 million of paydowns. Second quarter provision for loan losses decreased $5 million from the prior quarter to $67 million.
E*TRADE Financial Corporation Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results
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