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$$$Central banks ready to combat Greek market storm [Reuters]

$$$ Things to know about the London Whale and capital models [DEM]

$$$ Things to know about TARGET2 balances [Felix Salmon]

$$$ Things to know about EFSF and ESM leverage and guarantees [TF]

$$$ Here is a behavioral economics paper with the keywords "anti-social behaviour, nastiness, money-burning" [Universitat Jaume via Robin Hanson]

$$$ "I have been a judge in the Miss Universe pageant three times, and I assure you it is not fixed. Even though Donald Trump made it very clear to us whom he would vote for, I always voted my conscience. ... I voted for the contestant I thought was the most beautiful." [The Daily]

$$$ You should really think about becoming a credit analyst for BNP Paribas in New York [DBCC]

$$$Quest Software Brings in Competing Bid Using Clever Corporate Engineering [Dealpolitik]

$$$Maiden Lane Loans Repaid, but Assets Still Need to Be Sold [DealBook]

$$$Ray Dalio Is Building a Baseball Card Collection [NYM]

$$$ The Nobel Foundation lost some money in the stock market [Fortune]

$$$Man Who Saved Mouse from Being Eaten By Cat Catches Black Plague [Gawker]

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