Write-Offs: 05.30.12

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$$$EU Weighs Direct Aid To Banks As Antidote To Crisis [Bloomberg]

$$$Tempted, U.S. Funds Hop the Pond [WSJ]

$$$Two top Fed officials cool to more easing [Reuters]

$$$ "Mr. Gupta’s lawyer sought to depict the Rajaratnam brothers and other Galleon employees as braggarts who lied about having inside sources to impress their colleagues. ... Mr. Naftalis asked Mr. Cardillo about a recommendation by Mike Fisherman, a former Galleon colleague, to bet that shares of the women’s retailer Chico’s would fall. When pressed by his colleagues for his reasons for shorting the stock, Mr. Fisherman said that he had a tip from Chico’s chief financial officer, according to Mr. Naftalis. Mr. Fisherman later told Mr. Cardillo that he fabricated his inside source at Chico’s, Mr. Naftalis suggested." [DealBook]

$$$Nicolas Sarkozy's brother is dating Mary-Kate Olsen [NYP]

$$$ Ronin Capital is looking for a portfolio management assistant and a quantitative research analyst in Chicago [DBCC]

$$$Investors Keep Yanking Cash Out of Stock Funds [MarketBeat]

$$$High Yield Default Rates Finally Starting to Rise [Bond Vigilantes]

$$$ Selling short-dated warrants is rarely a good way to raise a large chunk of your market cap [DEM]

$$$ "Can I just say that IMO / Lannisters have to be Germany / because of the debt thing" [FTAV]

$$$Mitt Romney iPhone App, 'With Mitt,' Misspells 'America' [HuffPo]

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Write-Offs: 05.23.12

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