Write-Offs: 09.16.11

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$$$UBS Trader Hires Firm That Advised Leeson [Bloomberg]

$$$Arrest of UBS Trader Rattles Banks In Europe [Dealbook]

$$$Stimulus Fatigue Stymies Obama in Rounding Up Votes for Full Jobs Package [Bloomberg]

$$$Paul Touradji, founder of commodities hedge fund Touradji Capital Management LP, said he is looking for “world-class” leaders to replace Chief Financial Officer Tom Dwan and President Sang Lee. [BusinessWeek]

$$$Ms. Romer, the book says, once passed a note to Mr. Summers threatening to walk out of a dinner with Mr. Obama and outside economists after the president polled his guests for their recommendations but failed to recognize her. “It was lighthearted. It was not me threatening to walk,” Ms. Romer said in an interview from Berkeley, Calif., where she is a professor at the University of California. [NYT]

$$$ Denny Hardin's weapon against the U.S. government: his own private bank [Pitch]

$$$CIT Shops a $1 Billion Commercial-Loan Portfolio [WSJ]

$$$An experiment in Delta None [FT Alphaville]

$$$ Charlie Gasparino: Fuld May Have a Story to Tell [FBN]

$$$ "They call them Delta desks because it sounds like Seal Team 6...young traders with a lot of testosterone aspire to be on those desks." [Jeff Macke]

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Write-Offs: 07.16.12

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