Write-Offs: 06.27.12

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$$$Merkel dubs quick bond solutions ‘eyewash’ [FT]

$$$Public Exchanges Duel With Newcomers Over Trade Transparency [NYT]

$$$Breaking Up Big Banks Hard To Do As Market Forces Fail [Bloomberg]

$$$Bernard Madoff's brother to plead guilty, U.S. says [Reuters]

$$$ "Underwriting firms publishing today are far less bullish than other analysts in their estimates for Facebook’s second-quarter earnings." [Deal Journal]

$$$Moody's is looking for an RMBS analyst, if you know anyone [DBCC]

$$$New York rejects MBS suits against Barclays, S&P [Reuters]

$$$Should the SEC Tighten its 13(d) Rules? [Lucian Bebchuk]

$$$ "You know things are bad when investment banks that you have never heard of – such as Banque Saudi Fransi, Berenberg and Samba Capital – are showing Goldman Sachs a clean pair of heels in the league tables." [William Wright]

$$$ "What if we put the cheese on top of the bun?" [Gawker]

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Write-Offs: 01.04.13

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Write-Offs: 02.19.13

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