Write-Offs: 06.14.06

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$$$ Oil at $70 a barrel isn't funny. (Yes, it is.) [Borowitz Report]
$$$ Bored during meetings? Play transaction legalese bingo covertly. Finally, transaction jargon makes itself useful. [BullshitBingo]
$$$ A link for Ben Bernanke: How to talk to journalists: a guide for economists. (Speak slowly, etc.) [Nieman Watchdog]
$$$Thanks to the Fuqua School of Business, you can now get Jamie Dimon on Podcast. (Podcast here, under "distinguished speakers".) This is obviously a ruse on Duke's part to distract people from the lacrosse incident with big, important breaking news. And you know what? We're biting. Ooooh, podcast! Sparkly! [Playlist]

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Write-Offs: 03.01.12

$$$ Eurozone delays Athens rescue funds [FT] $$$ Loans to Banks Cool Debt Crisis [WSJ] $$$ European Leaders Challenged by Rise in Joblessness [NYT] $$$ An explanation of that Barclays tax trade, with cartoons [FTAV] $$$ Sofa King can no longer advertise prices that are "Sofa King low" in the UK [Language Log] $$$ Mitt Romney has worn a garbage bag for rain gear $$$ Fed's Dilemma: Markets Want Both Growth—And Stimulus [CNBC] $$$ Facebook seeking bigger credit line [Reuters] $$$ Unlike other types of complex financial transactions, insider trading prosecutions usually do not require jurors to develop sophisticated knowledge of the financial markets or securities valuation. There is not a statutory definition establishing its parameters, so it can be applied to a wide variety of transactions, and the crime does not have complicated requirements for proving a violation. Prosecutors are cracking down on insider trading because there's no law telling people what's illegal and unsophisticated jurors will convict [DealBook] $$$ Oprah's Book Club makes people read less [MR] $$$ The personal assistant of Paris Hilton's sister's hedge funder ex-husband Todd Meister was maybe dating him while she was stealing $1mm from him, or something like that [NYP]

Write-Offs: 08.06.12

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