Write-Offs: 01.19.12

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$$$Google's results fall short, rare miss pummels shares [Reuters]

$$$Hedge-Fund Investors Pull Cash [WSJ]

$$$Credit Suisse wins $7bn AIG securities auction [FT]

$$$ Actually several desks at Goldman bathe ritually in blood before their morning call. Matt Taibbi knows this. [Daily Intel, cf. John Carney/NetNet]

$$$ Only half of college lacrosse players smoke pot [Bloomberg via Deadspin]

$$$Click here to buy tickets to a Jay-Z show at Carnegie Hall (including premium seats and boxes, which include additional access and perks, including pre- and post-show receptions and access to the after party at the 40/40 Club) that benefits the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation.

$$$Is the Porn Industry Imperiled? [CNBC]

$$$SocGen, BNP Job Cuts Reflect Wilting Ambitions of Paris Banks [Bloomberg]

$$$ More things Mitt Romney invented [WSJ, earlier, also earlier]

$$$ Like private equity partners, junior law firm associates sometimes retrade [NetNet]

$$$ Everyone has a favorite strange Bloomberg headline. "George Washington Wine Cooler Sells for $782,500 at Christie’s" is mine. [Bloomberg]

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Write-Offs: 03.23.12

$$$ Morgan Stanley wants all of Citi venture [Reuters] $$$ NYSE CEO Duncan Niederauer is not above gloating about BATS [CNBC via BI] $$$ Fannie and Freddie: Slashing Mortgages Is Good Business [ProPublica] $$$ Proposed names for Disney's Seven Dwarfs included Burpy, Hotsy, Shifty, Wistful, Doleful, Woeful, and Biggo-Ego [Lists of Note] $$$ JPMorgan is looking for a credit risk manager to cover banks and broker-dealers [DBCC] $$$ SEC demands Wells Fargo comply with subpoenas [Reuters] $$$ Lehman Ex-Broker Sentenced in Insider Case [WSJ] $$$ Ex-NBA Player Indicted on Ponzi Charges [WSJ] $$$ About forty people got out of their cars along Interstate 270 in Maryland and helped themselves to $5,795 in cash that fell out of an unsecured armored truck. ... Police are offering amnesty to anyone who returns the cash, but only $100 has been handed over so far. Heather Kelly described the scene on 270 to the AP: “It was in the traffic lanes and on the shoulders and just generally kind of like a snow globe of cash." [DI] $$$ Lacrosse players say the sport rewards the kind of determination required to do well on Wall Street. “By and large, lacrosse players aren’t necessarily the best athletes in the country,” says Joe Lizzio, a former Cornell player and co-founder of CapRok Capital. “We don’t have huge vertical leaps or run the 40 [meter dash] in 4.4 seconds.” The best lacrosse players “are smart kids that put in the long hours,” adds Cummings. “The same goes for finance, where you’re going to do well if you can outwork the other guy.” Another common attribute of lacrosse players is the kind of privileged upbringing that might have led them to banking careers even if they had never touched a stick. [BW]

Write-Offs: 11.15.12

$$$ BP to Plead Guilty to Felonies, Pay $4.5 Billion in Spill [WSJ] $$$ Eurozone slides back into recession [FT] $$$ House panel suggests SEC-CFTC merger after MF Global [Reuters] $$$ "With their boozy client dinners, big bonuses and foul-mouthed traders, interdealer brokers are stalwarts of a financial order that is in retreat." [Economist] $$$ John Carney went to a bar [NetNet] $$$ Henry Blodget: Why do some people hate women? [Gawker, earlier, earlier] $$$ William Blair is looking for a private capital associate in Chicago [DBCC] $$$ In a Switch, Investors Are Buying European Bank Bonds [DealBook] $$$ Fed Orders Largest Banks to Test Against Deep U.S. Recession [Bloomberg] $$$ SEC Report Finds Faults With Credit Raters [WSJ] $$$ Soccer no excuse for outdoor sex, Italy court rules [Reuters via Amy Tennery] $$$ Maine GOP chairman "play[s] basketball every Sunday with a black guy" [DI]

Write-Offs: 06.20.12

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Write-Offs: 6.8.15

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