Opening Bell: 11.17.09

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UBS Outlines Path To Profit (WSJ)
"We are on track, we have stabilized UBS's financial condition but we still have some serious topics to address," Mr. Grübel told investors. First order of business-- we're going to have to come up with some new and inventive tax evasion strategies. The IRS seems to be on to us.
It's the Juggernaut, Bitch! (Bloomberg)
Origins of nicknames: "People who know [new head of the Citadel investment banking unit] Patrik Edsparr describe him as outspoken, with a forceful personality. He earned the nickname "juggernaut" during his first job at Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., where one of his tasks in the research unit was to collect daily price data from senior traders, one of the people said. Most of his predecessors failed because they were too intimidated to interrupt the traders, who would shout at them. Edsparr would stand behind them, often for up to two hours, until they gave him the data.
Soros Fund Management Holdings Increase (Reuters)
$6.2 billion, up $2 billion, after taking a stake in Ford.
America's Newest Land Baron: FDIC (WSJ)
The current backlog of property stuck on the agency's books, with an appraised value of $1.8 billion, ranges from an $18,700 clapboard home with stained carpets in Birmingham, Ala., to a $1.7 million mountainside lodge with a heated driveway in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
Facebook Verb Named English Word of the Year (Reuters)
Don't want to live in a world where 'unfriend' is recognized as a real verb? Then you're gonna need to kill yourself now.
Paul Allen Diagnosed With Lymphoma (NYT)
"This is tough news for Paul and the family," wrote Allen's sister Jody. "Paul is feeling O.K. and remains upbeat. He continues to work and he has no plans to change his role at Vulcan. His health comes first, though, and we'll be sure that nothing intrudes on that."
Audit Faults New York Fed in A.I.G. Bailout (NYT)
The Fed "refused to use its considerable leverage," Neil M. Barofsky wrote in a report to be officially released on Tuesday, examining the much-criticized decision to make A.I.G.'s trading partners whole when people and businesses were taking painful losses in the financial markets.

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