Write-Offs: 07.05.12

$$$ Greece drops demand to ease bailout terms [FT] $$$ The NYSE Gets Its Very Own Dark Pool [MarketBeat] $$$ The Strange Takeover Limbo of CVR [DealBook] $$$ Countrywide won influence by giving House members discounts, report says [AP] $$$ Jon Ronson talks to rich people, middle-class people, and poor people [GQ] $$$ The guy who finished ahead of David Einhorn in the $1mm buy-in One Drop poker tournament was beaten up shortly afterwards [Poker News Daily] $$$ A German university is suing a business student for lost income because he finished his bachelors and masters degrees in only 20 months [UPI] $$$ A top institution is looking for a VP level structured credit trader in New York [DBCC] $$$ Euro the big loser after central banks intervene [FT] $$$ Irish Bill Sale Marks End Of Drought As Spain Yields Rise [Bloomberg] $$$ Why not have variable-rate mortgages with fixed payments but variable amortization periods? [American Banker] $$$ Traded assets are more volatile than non-traded assets, NGDP targeting edition [Noahpinion] $$$ Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher's wife is the Kleiner Perkins partner suing them for gender discrimination [Term Sheet] $$$ An Alternative Living Will for Banks [Paperwell]
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$$$Greece drops demand to ease bailout terms [FT]

$$$The NYSE Gets Its Very Own Dark Pool [MarketBeat]

$$$The Strange Takeover Limbo of CVR [DealBook]

$$$Countrywide won influence by giving House members discounts, report says [AP]

$$$ Jon Ronson talks to rich people, middle-class people, and poor people [GQ]

$$$ The guy who finished ahead of David Einhorn in the $1mm buy-in One Drop poker tournament was beaten up shortly afterwards [Poker News Daily]

$$$ A German university is suing a business student for lost income because he finished his bachelors and masters degrees in only 20 months [UPI]

$$$ A top institution is looking for a VP level structured credit trader in New York [DBCC]

$$$Euro the big loser after central banks intervene [FT]

$$$Irish Bill Sale Marks End Of Drought As Spain Yields Rise [Bloomberg]

$$$ Why not have variable-rate mortgages with fixed payments but variable amortization periods? [American Banker]

$$$ Traded assets are more volatile than non-traded assets, NGDP targeting edition [Noahpinion]

$$$ Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher's wife is the Kleiner Perkins partner suing them for gender discrimination [Term Sheet]

$$$An Alternative Living Will for Banks [Paperwell]

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Write-Offs: 07.03.12

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Write-Offs: 03.20.13

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Write-Offs: 03.01.12

$$$ Eurozone delays Athens rescue funds [FT] $$$ Loans to Banks Cool Debt Crisis [WSJ] $$$ European Leaders Challenged by Rise in Joblessness [NYT] $$$ An explanation of that Barclays tax trade, with cartoons [FTAV] $$$ Sofa King can no longer advertise prices that are "Sofa King low" in the UK [Language Log] $$$ Mitt Romney has worn a garbage bag for rain gear $$$ Fed's Dilemma: Markets Want Both Growth—And Stimulus [CNBC] $$$ Facebook seeking bigger credit line [Reuters] $$$ Unlike other types of complex financial transactions, insider trading prosecutions usually do not require jurors to develop sophisticated knowledge of the financial markets or securities valuation. There is not a statutory definition establishing its parameters, so it can be applied to a wide variety of transactions, and the crime does not have complicated requirements for proving a violation. Prosecutors are cracking down on insider trading because there's no law telling people what's illegal and unsophisticated jurors will convict [DealBook] $$$ Oprah's Book Club makes people read less [MR] $$$ The personal assistant of Paris Hilton's sister's hedge funder ex-husband Todd Meister was maybe dating him while she was stealing $1mm from him, or something like that [NYP]

Write-Offs: 05.17.12

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Write-Offs: 05.31.12

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Write-Offs: 07.31.12

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Write-Offs: 04.13.12

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