March 2011

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    Write-Offs: 03.31.11

    $$$ Libya-Owned Bank Drew at Least $5 Billion From Fed‎ [Bloomberg] $$$ In testimony on Thursday, former Galleon portfolio manager Adam Smith acknowledged that the hedge fund had been awash with speculation about a possible merger of chipmakers Advanced Micro Devices and ATI Technologies months before the announcement of a $5.4 billion deal on July […]

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 6:45 PM
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    Gary Cohn Was Just Kidding When He Said Goldman Sachs Only Borrowed From The Discount Window Once

    Once, five times, same diff no diff.

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 5:55 PM
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    SokolGate: Let’s Take A Moment To Think About The Guy Who Saw This Coming

    As several of you have pointed out, this whole David Sokol/Lubrizol/Berkshire incident would’ve never been an issue, nor would Sokol have had to resign, if BRK had a similar best bid/charitable donation “tax” policy in place, similar to the one recently instituted at the most majestic hedge fund in all the land.

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM
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    Mandy Drury Is Not Afraid Of Snakes

    Earlier this week, a cobra escaped from the Bronx Zoo. With a snake on the loose in NYC, was CNBC anchor Mandy Drury ever “afraid it would make its way” to her apartment? Not in the least, she told a co-worker, who interviewed her at her desk about the situation earlier today.

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 4:43 PM
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    Federal Reserve Takes A Page From Goldman Sachs’ Playabook

    If you’re a person who’s living in the past, you were probably very excited to hear that the Federal Reserve would today be releasing secret loan documents detailing who was in some trouble several years ago and who was in some big trouble, in case you were unable to hazard a guess. The Fed originally […]

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 3:32 PM
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    Mohamed El-Erian: Bring On The Taxes

    According to the PIMCO CEO: “Bill [Gross] and I–we do not consider ourselves elite. In fact, we’d like to be taxed more. I said this even before the Middle East started: It is not in the interest of any society for income inequality to keep on going up. It is in everybody’s interest to avoid […]

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 2:57 PM
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    Securities And Exchange Commission Wants Everybody To Just Chill About This David Sokol Business

    The SEC has put out a statement that the regulator does not view the David Sokol/Berkshire Hathaway/Lubrizol incident as an “urgent matter” in need of their attention, according to the Journal.

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 2:34 PM
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    Let’s Do Warren Buffett A Solid

    As you may have heard, yesterday afternoon Warren Buffett announced the resignation of top lieutenant David Sokol, thought to be the frontrunner to take over Berkshire Hathaway when Buffett retires. In his statement, Buffett disclosed that Sokol bought himself a bunch of shares of Lubrizol before suggesting Berkshire make an investment, which they ultimately did. […]

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 2:03 PM
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    Citadel’s Residential Mortgage Fund Is No Longer

    Ken Griffin has decided to liquidate Citadel’s $200 million mortgage fund, after its portfolio manager quit the firm. Apparently Bill King’s departure (following the promotion of Glenn Perillo to co-manager) caused investors to ask for a sizable amount of their money back. [Bloomberg]

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 1:19 PM
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    Citi Employees Allegedly Kill Customer Over Bill Complaints

    Supposedly the three Citi officials were “angered” by the customer contesting his credit card bill.

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 12:42 PM
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    Hank Paulson Pushed Jon Corzine Out Of Goldman Because He Reminded People Of Bluto From Animal House

    As is widely known at this point, Jon Corzine left Goldman Sachs in January 1999, after serving as co-CEO with Hank Paulson. JSC didn’t leave of his of volition so much as he was pushed by his colleague, who’d convinced the management committee it was the right thing to do while Corzine was skiing with […]

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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    Banker Who Fears She’s “Too Good Looking” For This Business Seeks Advice

    A London-based banker has written to the Financial Times with a problem related to her hotness. She says: I know that you will think this problem is mad, but I fear I’m too good looking for corporate life. As a student I used my looks to make money modelling, but now that I’m in the […]

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 10:17 AM
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    David Sokol: I Did Nothing Wrong But…

    “Knowing today what I know, what I would do differently is I just would never have mentioned it to Warren, and just made my own investment and left it alone.”

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 9:25 AM
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    Opening Bell: 03.31.11

    Berkshire’s David Sokol: I Did Nothing Wrong (CNBC) “I don’t believe I did anything wrong…I made the decision to buy the shares because I thought it was a good investment and I’d do it again tomorrow.” Sokol says it didn’t occur to him to sell the shares once Buffett showed interest in Lubrizol because he […]

    / Mar 31, 2011 at 8:47 AM
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    Write-Offs: 03.30.11

    $$$ “What David Sokol did was, the only word that comes to mind, shabby, and I am shocked he did it,” Jeff Matthews, author of “Pilgrimage to Warren Buffett’s Omaha” and founder of hedge fund Ram Partners LP, said in an e-mail. “Buffett says it wasn’t illegal, but it is not how you do deals, […]

    / Mar 30, 2011 at 5:58 PM
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    David Sokol, Frontrunner To Succeed Warren Buffett, Resigns From Berkshire Hathaway

    David Sokol has left the building. Here’s the note on the matter from WB. Apparently there’s a question about the appropriateness of some buying and selling of Lubrizol on Sokol’s behalf, though Buffet says, to his knowledge, nothing “unlawful” went down on Berkshire’s watch: This press release will be unusual. First, I will write it […]

    / Mar 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM
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    Judge Denies Patricia Cohen’s Request For The Amount Of Cash Steve Has In His Wallet Right Now

    Not too long ago, Patricia Cohen, the ex-wife of Steve, had a dream. It wasn’t just that she wanted to successfully sue her former husband, who she’d accused of insider trading, hiding marital assets, and so on and so forth and it wasn’t just about money. “No,” Patty said to herself, “dream bigger.” And so […]

    / Mar 30, 2011 at 5:00 PM
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    Jamie Dimon: 100 Municipalities Might Bite The Dust

    Don’t freak out though, it’s not a big deal. Uncle D says this is nothing to worry about.

    / Mar 30, 2011 at 3:33 PM

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