Write-Offs: 12.08.11

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$$$Corzine: I Didn’t ‘Intend’ to Break Rules [Bloomberg]

$$$Hedge Funds Braced for Worst Year Since 2008 [FT]

$$$ Mario Draghi will not bail out European governments, is "surprised" you thought he would [NYT]

$$$ John Mack complained about “how fat” his hands are in an oil painting of himself unveiled yesterday afternoon during his Morgan Stanley retirement party, while his replacement James Gorman bragged that he’s both “a little longer and a little skinnier” than the departing chairman of the big investment bank. [FBN]

$$$ Lloyds CEO António Horta-Osório, who took a leave of absence because he was tired, has to reapply for his job [FT]

$$$ George Soros bought MF Global's European bonds [WSJ]

$$$Republicans block Obama's CFPB nominee [Reuters]

$$$Zero arbitrage markets in everything, Moneyball edition [Grantland via MR]

$$$ You can look at a vault containing the secret formula for Coke (but not the formula) [CNN]

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