Write-Offs: 10.21.11

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$$$EU looks at 60% haircuts for Greek debt (FT)

$$$ Microsoft may team up with Silver Lake to buy Yahoo (WSJ)

$$$ Emmanuel Derman: "I would like the following principle to be engraved on the foreheads of all financial and economic model users: All models are short volatility." (Reuters)

$$$ Dan Kahneman: "He told me, with a trace of defensiveness, 'I have done very well for the firm, and no one can take that away from me.' I smiled and said nothing. But I thought, privately: Well, I took it away from you this morning." (NYT)

$$$ The Famous (And Infamous) Cops Of Occupy Wall Street (Daily Intel)

$$$ The second annual Decathlon, which benefits the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, takes place tomorrow. Check it out in person and/or make a donation (Bank of America leads so far, followed by Goldman Sachs). (The Decathlon)

$$$ Carl Icahn bought 7.94% of WebMD (WSJ)

$$$The Senate Moves to Subsidize Homes for the Rich (Atlantic)

$$$ "This is one of the great failures of corporate governance. It has yet to find a way to hold directors accountable for their bad decisions." That seems like a pretty big failure. (DealBook)

$$$ If you're reading this, you probably have not been raptured. (UPI)

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