Write-Offs: 12.02.11

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$$$ White men get paid more on Wall Street [DealBook]

$$$Merkel vows to build fiscal union [FT]

$$$ "If I understand the news coming out of Europe correctly, the new head of the European Central Bank is offering a simple deal: If fiscal policy becomes hawkish, monetary policy will be dovish.” [Greg Mankiw]

$$$ SEC staffers call for an investigation of the guy investigating SEC staffers for not investigating fraud [Reuters, earlier]

$$$A pimp who asked to be treated as an expert witness in the ways of prostitution was convicted of robbery and assault charges but cleared of raping a woman who worked for him. ... McCord testified that he was certified as a member of the "quiet society of pimps" and he was simply disciplining one of the women according to a “code of conduct.” [NYP]

$$$ "Just one in four managers beat the major stock indexes this year" [CNBC]

$$$ FCC rejection of AT&T/T-Mobile deal is "central planning at its most repugnant" [TOTM]

$$$ If you're looking for Jon Corzine next Thursday, try the House Agriculture Committee [WSJ]

$$$ The GMAT is getting harder, still nothing on the CFA [FINS]

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Write-Offs: 06.08.12

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Write-Offs: 04.08.13

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