Write-Offs: 09.14.12

$$$ As His Fraud Trial Opens, Ex-UBS Trader Is Accused of Brazen Gambling [DealBook] $$$ Thanks, Goldman, for Giving My Peers Their Lives Back [Bloomberg] $$$ FDIC’s Hoenig Wants Simpler Rules Than Basel III [Deal Journal] $$$ Occupy Wall Street's one-year anniversary demonstrations start tomorrow [The Awl] $$$ Hard-money types talk too much about the gold standard, not enough about the bacon standard [CNBC] $$$ "I'm kind of a Snooki fan. Look how tiny's she's gotten. She's lost weight. She's energetic. Just her spark-plug personality is kind of fun." - Mitt Romney [DI] $$$ TIAA-CREF is looking for an insurance wholesaling director in Boston [DBCC] $$$ Miller Says U.S. Should Issue Simplified Volcker Rule [Bloomberg] $$$ Private equity needs more strategic deals [Term Sheet] $$$ Home Depot is leaving China, "where cheap labor has stunted the do-it-yourself ethos and apartment-based living leaves scarce demand for products like lumber" [WSJ] $$$ Allocating Risk Through Contract: Evidence from M&A and Policy Implications [Harvard Law] $$$ Naked German monk found wandering Bavarian forest after tripping on some bad berries [NYDN]
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$$$As His Fraud Trial Opens, Ex-UBS Trader Is Accused of Brazen Gambling [DealBook]

$$$Thanks, Goldman, for Giving My Peers Their Lives Back [Bloomberg]

$$$FDIC’s Hoenig Wants Simpler Rules Than Basel III [Deal Journal]

$$$ Occupy Wall Street's one-year anniversary demonstrations start tomorrow [The Awl]

$$$ Hard-money types talk too much about the gold standard, not enough about the bacon standard [CNBC]

$$$ "I'm kind of a Snooki fan. Look how tiny's she's gotten. She's lost weight. She's energetic. Just her spark-plug personality is kind of fun." - Mitt Romney [DI]

$$$ TIAA-CREF is looking for an insurance wholesaling director in Boston [DBCC]

$$$Miller Says U.S. Should Issue Simplified Volcker Rule [Bloomberg]

$$$ Private equity needs more strategic deals [Term Sheet]

$$$Home Depot is leaving China, "where cheap labor has stunted the do-it-yourself ethos and apartment-based living leaves scarce demand for products like lumber" [WSJ]

$$$Allocating Risk Through Contract: Evidence from M&A and Policy Implications [Harvard Law]

$$$Naked German monk found wandering Bavarian forest after tripping on some bad berries [NYDN]

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