WASHINGTON -- Matthews & Wright Group Inc., the parent company of the former broker-dealer firm that was forced out of the municipal market after underwriting dozens of questionable bond deals, changed its name yesterday to Helmstar Group Inc.

The new name, which will be listed on the American Stock Exchange, "dynamically expresses the company's strategic movement into merchant banking through joint ventures, financial consulting, and mortgage servicing," Helmstar officials said in a press release.

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