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    Vikram Is Watching You

    Team Citi can’t keep track of its own money, but they will track yours and that of your neighbor, thanks to the Bundle, which “removes the veil of secrecy from how other people save and spend their money.” For example, you can learn that “Singles, 36- to 49-year-olds in Dallas spend $57 per month on […]

    / Feb 26, 2010 at 3:13 PM
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    How Will Eliot Spitzer Back Governor Paterson?

    As you’re aware, Governor Paterson won’t seek reelection ’cause of a few little bombshells in the Times. So Mr. P is having a press conference at 3 and we’re hoping he’s going to announce a Spitzer involvement in some capacity (as we wrote last week, the Gov has been asking Spitzer to “advise” him on […]

    / Feb 26, 2010 at 2:20 PM
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    Robert Benmosche Loves You All

    As you know, AIG’s fourth quarter results came in– not so good!. In any case, Bobby B. is happy and wants the world to know it. AIG reported a loss of $8.9 billion in the fourth quarter, which is an improvement from the $61.7 billion loss in the year-ago period. And this, my friends, is […]

    / Feb 26, 2010 at 12:59 PM
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    Chuck Grassley Wants To Talk To Lloyd Blankfein

    Senator Chuck Grassley would like Lloyd Blankfein to please stand up, leave his nuclear balls behind and explain what the deal is with the ad Goldman placed in Politico about being “one of the principal underwriters of the “Build America Bonds” program. Specifically, Grassley is interested in finding out whether “the big Wall Street investment […]

    / Feb 26, 2010 at 12:40 PM
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    Correction: Citi Loves The Gays

    There were some rumors today that Citi hated the gays after the bank account of Web site Fabulis was shut down. But Citi now says it was all based on technical issues and the account has been unblocked, and Fabulis just wants to put the whole thing behind them. Also, Citi would like to remind […]

    / Feb 25, 2010 at 6:00 PM
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    SEC Kicking Things Up A Notch

    As you might have figured out, the SEC can’t do anything right besides ranking the best top 10 porn sites, and relies on “crazy-brave” people to go after gangsters and do all the legwork for them. Today, though, the agency really showed some initiative by charging Madoff’s director of operations, Daniel Bonventre, with some wrongdoing, […]

    / Feb 25, 2010 at 4:49 PM
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    Harry Markopolos Wishes He’d Looked Eliot Spitzer In The Eye

    As we wrote yesterday, Harry Markopolos has a book hitting the shelves next week. But, as Marko is realizing, the price of fame is high and calling Madoff the “lowest form of scum” can be hazardous. He now has to wear more disguises (mostly wigs) and is afraid for his safety. But he is “crazy-brave” […]

    / Feb 25, 2010 at 2:45 PM
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    Ben Bernanke Taking A Look At Greece

    Ben Bernanke is looking into Goldman’s Greek shenanigans, which may or may not have been strictly kosher- depending on if you pray at the House of LB or the house of Taibbi. The deals were brokered in 2001, so yeah, nine years seem about a reasonable amount of time for the Fed to start worrying. […]

    / Feb 25, 2010 at 1:13 PM
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    Mack Thinks Size Matters

    John in-the past-we-took-comp-too-far Mack still thinks that the industry “doesn’t get it” and that the administration has been focusing too much on comp structure issues and not on size, which yes, is the only thing that matters. So the Mackster, who might be bored with his downtime and who does get it, is offering to […]

    / Feb 25, 2010 at 11:15 AM
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    Eddie Lampert Reads

    ESL founder and Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert released his annual letter to shareholders yesterday, in which he unloaded a year’s worth of angst. First, the rating agencies. While Eddie understands that they sometimes err on the side of caution, he just doesn’t agree “with all of the critical qualitative conclusions.” Next, business leaders, regulators, public […]

    / Feb 24, 2010 at 5:08 PM
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    Harry Markopolos On The SEC

    “They’re a bunch of idiots” the Whistleblower-in-Chief told New York Times magazine, demonstrating commendable restraint in not calling them “retards.” In related news, Marko’s book, No One Would Listen: A True Financial Thriller, co-written by hedge fund manager-cum-auteur David Einhorn, is hitting shelves next week. A signed copy is being sent Bernie’s way as we […]

    / Feb 24, 2010 at 2:45 PM
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    Mary Schapiro Needs Help

    So the SEC voted 3-2 in favor of restricting short-selling today, at the risk of pissing off Goldman Sachs, whose head of US equity trading Paul Russo had been lobbying against the proposal for some time. However, even Mary Schapiro knows that no one can truly make a full frontal attack on GS, and mitigated […]

    / Feb 24, 2010 at 1:07 PM
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    Jon Corzine: People Are Jealous Of Goldman’s Success

    Also, “Lloyd’s done a much better job than some of the publicity [would indicate].” Corzine’s one suggestion: “speak a little less.”

    / Feb 24, 2010 at 11:56 AM
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    Kenneth Feinberg Not Happy With Certain Wall Street CEO Who Was Paid A $9 Million, All Stock Bonus

    In a recent interview, Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg finally strayed from his usually scripted remarks, getting really worked up about a certain person, who he won’t name, but is among those who “really do believe they are entitled to $9 million, [which] is a problem.” But what really got to Kenny, is that this $9 […]

    / Feb 24, 2010 at 11:00 AM
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    Carl Icahn And Donald Trump Rumble In AC

    Donald Trump is dueling it up with activist investor Carl Icahn over Atlantic City’s Trump Entertainment Resorts. Specifically, the two are fighting for ownership of the property, which Trump does not currently own. Don’s argument is that the casinos “would be hurt if Icahn won because it would take the Trump name off them.”

    / Feb 23, 2010 at 4:54 PM
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    Alan Greenspan’s Latest Achievement

    Congratulations Alan Greenspan! The former fed chair, who people are hoping will die soon, has won the Dynamite Prize in Economics, which is basically what the Razzie Awards are to the Oscars. Greenspan was awarded the honor as the economist most responsible for blowing up the global economy.

    / Feb 23, 2010 at 3:09 PM
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    Fritz Henderson Rejoins The Workforce

    You can’t take the pressure at your job, you’re tired of getting kicked in the nuts and blamed for everything’s that’s wrong in the world. You need some lovin’ and can’t seem to get it anywhere. You”re completely burned out. Where to turn? If you’re Fritz Henderson, you go crawling back from whence you came. […]

    / Feb 23, 2010 at 1:32 PM
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    Jamie D’s Dinner Date

    Jamie Dimon is in DC today for a meeting of the Business Roundtable, but most importantly, Golden Boy will have yet another dinner tonight with Obama. He won’t be the only CEO at the table, but obviously he will be the only that really matters and the only one BHO will have eyes for.

    / Feb 23, 2010 at 12:09 PM
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    Ask Warren Anything

    CNBC’s Becky Quick is going to Omaha next week to have a little chat with Warrren Buffett over Oreo Blizzards and cherry Cokes, in anticipation of the Oracle’s annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. And she’s going to be asking him your questions. Anything you’d like to hear more about from WB?

    / Feb 23, 2010 at 10:35 AM
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    Some People Actually Like The Volcker Rule

    The Volcker Rule -aka the euthanasia principle- got some fresh backers over the weekend, with five former Treasury secretaries sending a letter to the WSJ to voice their support. While this must be good news (late wedding gift?) for Paul, the former secretaries don’t add much to the initial argument. They’re just reiterating what Paul’s […]

    / Feb 22, 2010 at 4:06 PM
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    Judge Approves BofA Settlement, But Will Have You Know He’s Not Happy About It

    After months of back and forth, Judge Jed Rakoff finally half-assedly approved the $150 million BofA settlement today. But Jed, who seems to be having a hard time letting go of his newfangled celebrity, didn’t want to go down without panache and poetic prose. “Given the somewhat tortured background of these cases and the difficulties […]

    / Feb 22, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    Paging Eliot Spitzer

    High-class brothel Mayflower Hotel is celebrating its 85th birthday. And what better way to honor the occasion than by giving the girl what she wants– another sex scandal! Eliot Spitzer- if you’re listening, and have time on your hands:

    / Feb 22, 2010 at 1:18 PM
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    Paul Krugman Goes To St. Croix To Think

    You probably think you know Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner and NYT columnist extraordinaire. But after reading the New Yorker‘s profile on the bearded columnist, you’ll realize you had no idea. He’s so much more than that. He’s just a simple guy, who relaxes by getting costumed, throwing voodoo parties and relaxing in St. Croix […]

    / Feb 22, 2010 at 12:01 PM
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    Elizabeth Warren: Are You People Blind Or Something?

    Elitzabeth Warren, the chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel for TARP, believes that the problems couldn’t be more obvious and solutions for financial regulation are as obvious but for some reason, “we can’t seem to put the two together.” “Six months ago, I thought we were on brink of financial reform, I really did,” Liz […]

    / Feb 22, 2010 at 10:49 AM
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    Sex Writer/Madoff Victim Pens New Tome

    Alexandra Penney, the Madoff victim (“I prefer the word ‘casualty”) who started blogging about her travails for the Daily Beast last year just turned her gig into a book deal. And now you can buy it! “The Bag Lady Papers” is a book she wrote out of fears of becoming a bag lady, “trudging the […]

    / Feb 19, 2010 at 4:25 PM
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    Lloyd’s Nuclear Balls Dismantle Lawsuit

    The lawsuit that Goldman Sachs filed earlier this week against seven of its former employees that defected to Credit Suisse? Boom. Evaporated. Dismantled probably by LB’s pair of “giant, nuclear-powered testicles.”

    / Feb 19, 2010 at 1:47 PM
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    Regrets: Hank Paulson Wanted To Be A Forest Ranger

    Hank Paulson had a little chat last night at the 92Y with GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt. This must’ve been a tad on the uncomfortable side, since just last week, the two had a spat about the passage in Hank’s book mentioning the September 2008 convo regarding GE’s commercial paper woes they may or may not […]

    / Feb 19, 2010 at 1:05 PM
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    Dick Bove’s Spring Break Reading List

    And now, we present you Dick Bove, book reviewer. In a note yesterday, Dick tells us about a great new read he recommends (“great” mostly because someone, finally, is agreeing with what he’s been saying forever). It’s called This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly and he wants you to pick up a […]

    / Feb 19, 2010 at 10:43 AM

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