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Abigail Thernstrom has been watching Blankfein’s rise to the upper echelons of Wall Street from her office Cambridge, waiting patiently for the day a reporter would finally give her an opening to reveal he owes her 30,000 words on the law. Read more »

Almost nine out of 10 women polled reported that men in equivalent positions received more pay, while 51 percent of men agreed, according to the survey released yesterday by eFinancialCareers. A third of women, who made up 30 percent of total respondents, said they’ve been discriminated against because of their gender, the job-search website operator said. [Bloomberg]

  • 18 Sep 2014 at 3:45 PM

There Are 155 More Billionaires Now

But five fewer in the U.K. And, depending on what happens today, there could be seven fewer still. Read more »

  • 18 Sep 2014 at 3:15 PM
  • Banks

An Offer You Couldn’t Possibly Want To Refuse

The Justice Department more or less exists to put people in jail. And in spite of what Antonin Scalia might think, banks are not people. At least, they aren’t people-y enough to put in jail. And that’s the point: You can file criminal charges against a bank, sure, but you probably won’t get to grandstand in front of a jury and will instead have to strike some sort of unsatisfying settlement that might not impress the white-shoe law-firm you’d like to join in a couple of years as much as a courtroom scalp.

You know who you can put into jail? Bank employees. Because bank employees are actual people whose physical personages can be placed behind bars. And if you’re a bank and you can help the Justice Department put some people in jail, it would sure be grateful. Full cooperation credit grateful. Read more »

  • 18 Sep 2014 at 3:12 PM

Argentina Ready To Declare War Over Semantics

There’s been a major diplomatic incident in Buenos Aires: It seems the U.S. chargé d’affaires in Argentina has committed the unpardonable sin of telling the truth by saying that it might be a good idea for the country to “get out of default.”

Well, this did not sit well with Foreign Minister Hector Timerman, for, as you may have heard, the Argentine government is of the magical realist persuasion in which if you don’t pay your bills you’re not in default if you say you tried really hard to pay them, like by putting the onus on the Bank of New York Mellon and then firing them and throwing them out of the country, regardless of what all the ratings agencies and ISDA and everyone else says. To say otherwise would be an impermissible intrusion into the internal affairs of a sovereign country, unlike, say, suggesting that a president make a troublesome judge disappear. Read more »


Tom Brady Shares His Old Resumé [Deadspin]

Opening Bell: 09.18.14

Alibaba IPO Gives Insiders Rare Chance to Sell Early (WSJ)
A swath of early investors in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. will be able to sell more than $8 billion worth of shares on the day the Chinese e-commerce company goes public, an unusual arrangement that is influencing how bankers price the offering. Insiders and other investors in companies staging initial public offerings are generally required to hold on to shares for several months, in “lockup” arrangements banks design to help protect the stock’s price in its early days. But with Alibaba, a number of shares equal to about a third of what could be sold in the deal aren’t covered by such restrictions, according to the company’s public filings. In contrast, no pre-IPO shares of Facebook Inc. were allowed to be traded when the social-media company made its market debut.

London Finance Empire Seen Dominating After Scots Vote (Bloomberg)
The Scottish nationalists’ narrative is that of London as disinterested overseer, having shrunk from what Salman Rushdie in the “Satanic Verses” described as the “capital of vilayat” (foreign) for the once-colonized, to the capital of the shriveled Great Britain. At stake is London’s relationship to what remains: Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and those scattered appendages of past glory, the 14 British Overseas Territories, which replicated and improved on the financial secrecy of the City to become outposts of London’s empire of money. Bloated with the talented young and the moneyed old, London, at least in the measurable currency of investment and capital, is impervious to the departure of Scotland. “London’s power is also from other metrics, like the concentration of state-funded institutions, or the diversity of its population,” said Richard Bell, a professor at the University of Maryland in College Park who teaches a course on London and the British Empire. “London will continue to hold a special place in the global imagination, even though it may be modestly diminished economically.”

Charlie Gasparino Weighs In On Hedge Fund Manager AssGate (Twitter, earlier)

Jobless Claims in U.S. Decline to Two-Month Low of 280,000 (Bloomberg)
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits plunged last week to a two-month low, a sign the labor market continues to strengthen. Jobless claims decreased by 36,000 to 280,000 in the period ended Sept. 13, the Labor Department said today in Washington. The median forecast of 52 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for a decline to 305,000. Those already collecting unemployment benefits fell to a more than seven-year low.

Fed Plots Cautious Course on Rate Rises (WSJ)
The Federal Reserve took two steps toward winding down the historic easy-money policies that have defined its response to the financial crisis, but stopped short of the move markets are awaiting most: signaling when interest rates will start to rise. With the economy gradually improving, U.S. central-bank officials plan to end the bond-buying program known as quantitative easing after October, hoping to finally stop expanding a six-year experiment in monetary policy that has left the Fed holding more than $4 trillion of Treasury and mortgage bonds. The Fed on Wednesday also detailed a new technical plan for how it will raise short-term interest rates, something most officials currently don’t intend to do until next year. The central bank has kept the federal-funds rate near zero since December 2008 and offered assurances along the way about rates remaining low, another part of its varied efforts to boost the post-financial-crisis economy.

Man Says Stripper Chocolate Chambers Robbed Him Outside Club Boom Boom (TSG)
A South Carolina man told cops that a stripper known as Chocolate Chambers robbed him early yesterday after he refused to buy her an expensive drink inside Club Boom Boom. Derrick Lashawn Sinclair, 31, told police that he was attacked by Chambers late Monday night when he exited the Spartanburg nightspot. The woman, Sinclair said, pounced and “next thing I know I’m on the floor, she knocked me down and took my money.” Sinclair said that his cash was inside a “crown bag,” an apparent reference to the velvet bag in which Crown Royal whiskey is packaged. Police noted that Sinclair smelled of booze and “spoke with a slurred speech” when reporting the attack by Chambers, whom he described as a black female. Sinclair acknowledged that he was still “timpsy” from the prior night’s revelry. Read more »