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Staggering human cost as firms mourn dead and missing

The New York financial services community has been assessing the staggering human cost of last Tuesday&#39s devastating attack that has claimed over 5,000 lives.

The twin towers of the World Trade Center were the prestigious home to some of the most respected names in the world of international finance.

Bond trading firm Cantor Fitzgerald, which has a turnover of bonds of $50 trillion a year, occupied floors 101 to 105 of the north tower but all 700 of its staff in the building on the day of the attack are still missing and are feared dead, prompting fears that it will have a huge struggle to recover its dominant market position.

Insurance brokers Marsh & McLennan occupied the seven floors below Cantor Fitzgerald and fears that 315 of its staff may be dead, out of 1,900 in the building that day.

Deutsche Bank was missing around 370 staff and Morgan Stanley said 30 to 40 of its staff were still unaccounted for. Two hundred of Aon&#39s 1,350 employees in the building that day remain missing.

AIG, Royal & Sun Alliance, Zurich Financial Services and Lehman Brothers all had offices in the World Trade Center and many other financial businesses had offices closed by the devastation.

This week&#39s opening of the New York Stock Exchange building was a largely symbolic gesture, with much of lower Manhattan damaged and many firms relocating to premises in New Jersey.

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