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Write-Offs: 01.12.12

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$$$Draghi hails ‘tentative’ stabilisation [FT]

$$$Transcripts show Fed wanted housing slowdown [FT]

$$$MF Global trustee has no plans to transfer more cash [Reuters]

$$$Deficit Panel Was 'Very Close' to Deal: Sen. Portman. Oh well. [CNBC]

$$$People Hate Goldman Sachs Less Than Last Year [Daily Intel]

$$$ Steven Rattner is just fine with Bain Capital [Politico]

$$$Potential suitors circle American Airlines [Reuters]

$$$ This will seem quaint to many of our readers but once there were financial printers and you got drunk at them [Corporate Counsel]

$$$ "'During the boom you saw everyone investing more to capture market share,' said Rantisi of 1762, a reference to the year the Earl of Sandwich supposedly asked for his meat between two pieces of bread so he could stay at the gambling table." [Bloomberg]

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