Write-Offs: 02.17.12

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$$$ Surprise! Harbinger Investors Sue Over LightSquared [WSJ]

$$$Goldman Sachs P.R. Chief’s Accidental Exit Interview [DealBook]

$$$BofA CEO Takes Pay Cut [WSJ]

$$$Lehman creditors push for testimony from Geithner [Reuters]

$$$ Surely you'd like to be a Senior Compensation Analyst, Executive Compensation at AIG (really!) [eFinancialCareers]

$$$ Maine caucus results were lost in a spam folder [Politico via DI]

$$$We're off for the holiday-- enjoy the long weekend and see you Tuesday!

$$$Regulators weigh thousands of pleas on Volcker rule [FT]

$$$Corporate Bond Funds Draw Record Amount of Investor Cash [CNBC]

$$$Time Warner Cable, MSG end standoff [NYP]

$$$ Yves Smith: Well, I hate to say it, but the [banking system] we had, circa 1980, wasn’t bad. The big thing is that you had investment banks that had balance sheets that were only in highly liquid products. And you had commercial banks that did maturity transformation and did not have terribly liquid balance sheets. The problem is we now have firms that are very dependent on short-term financing and yet have a lot of illiquid products on their balance sheet – that’s not a very good combination. [FTAV]

$$$ Maxim chose Fox's Jenna Lee as the sexiest financial reporter [BI of course]

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Write-Offs: 03.11.13

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Write-Offs: 08.13.12

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Write-Offs: 08.08.12

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Write-Offs: 12.04.12

$$$ U.S. Banks See Strong Profit [WSJ] $$$ U.S. court says Argentina does not need to make $250 mln deposit [Reuters] $$$ Former Goldman Director Gupta to Stay Free Pending His Appeal [DealBook] $$$ Banks book record profits off Fannie and Freddie [Term Sheet, related] $$$ "The online brokerage of Bank of America Merrill Lynch rolled out something it is calling Face Retirement. ... Here’s how it works: It’s a website that takes your current image, using a web cam, and makes you old and decrepit — the kind of person who will need some cash socked away." [Deal Journal] $$$ "Prosecutors said there is no such thing as a $500 million Federal Reserve note" [UPI] $$$ The CME is looking for an executive director for equity index products [DBCC] $$$ Corporate bond "turnover has not collapsed 80 percent in the same way as dealer inventory, and in fact daily volumes are on a par with where they were in 2007." [Bond Vigilantes] $$$ CME Deliverable ‘Swap Futures’ See Comfortable Debut [MarketBeat] $$$ High Rollers Are Still Big Losers 18 Months After Online Poker's "Black Friday" [BuzzFeed, also MR: "Even if some of these sites were fraudulent, one wonders if the players would not have better off without government 'protection.'"] $$$ The "gentleman groper" is a lawyer, not a banker [ATL, earlier] $$$ "Can a dog be trained to drive a car? New Zealand's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals proved it could be done." [CBS, video!!!]