Write-Offs: 06.15.12

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$$$Hopes for central bank action mount [FT]

$$$ Mohamed El-Erian: "There is only so much central banks can do" [FT]

$$$Got Cash in Greek Banks? Don't Pull It! [NetNet]

$$$Hedge fund closures hit 2-year high in 1st quarter [Reuters]

$$$ A "driven, even obsessive entrepreneur with a proclivity for micromanagement" who is unlikely to take his company public [NYTM]

$$$ Also, bath salts [Spin]

$$$ "Looking like Jesus can have a very powerful effect on people. When I appeared on stage as Jesus for the first time, a man saw me and collapsed into tears. Looking like this in daily life can be interesting. When I go into bars, for example, I always see people nudging each other. Invariably someone will come up to me with a bottle of water and ask me to turn it into wine. That happens a lot. I was on a date once in a wine bar, and we ended up with three tables joined together with everyone wanting to re-enact the Last Supper using the wine and the bread. It was strange, but fortunately the girl I was with thought it was fun." [FT]

$$$ MetLife is looking for an associate director level credit derivatives trader in New Jersey [DBCC]

$$$In Motion, Facebook Lays Out Defense and Highlights Nasdaq’s Missteps [DealBook]

$$$Gupta Jurors Saw American Dream and Convicted [Bloomberg]

$$$The JPMorgan Whale’s regulatory motive [FTAV]

$$$ "Can We Watch Some European Football Please?" asks Jim O'Neill [GSAM]

$$$ The NFL will let fans pay for All-22 footage [WSJ]

$$$For one protester, 'Occupy' becomes a way of life [Reuters]

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