Write-Offs: 03.21.12

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$$$In stress tests, Fed may have inflated grades for TARP banks [Term Sheet]

$$$Goldman loses bid to dismiss Hudson CDO lawsuit [Reuters]

$$$Bulge bracket banks get bidders better mergers than lower tier banks [Journal of Finance via Free Exchange]

$$$ "My proudest moments in life — laying a plastic egg in Johannesberg, my LGTB teen awareness work with Bert, becoming Gonzo's 539th domestic partner — have all come through hard work, with no shortcuts. With its cheap efforts to turn Gen X parents misty with sentimentality, the Muppets just doesn’t feel right to me anymore. I'm no Chicken Little — if things don't change soon, the sky will indeed be falling." Why I Am Leaving the Muppets [The Awl]

$$$ Good with numbers? A top-tier investment bank is looking to hire five quants for a centralized research division [DBCC]

$$$ECB eyes exit for €40bn crisis fund [FT]

$$$Bernanke: Stress Tests Showed Banks Aren’t Hiding Potential Huge Losses [Real Time Economics]

$$$ "No longer do I arrive at my desk at the crack of dawn to mindlessly enter bond yields into a convoluted spreadsheet. No one tells me that my Banana Republic cardigan is too fashion-forward for the office. No longer does a superior tell me that I leave the desk to pee too many times during the day." Investment banking in Canada is different. [Globe & Mail]

$$$ Tim Tebow was traded to the Jets, maybe [NYP]

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Write-Offs: 02.15.13

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Write-Offs: 05.23.12

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