Write-Offs: 10.04.12

$$$ "Congratulations: you’ve now taken a business which was earning 5 per cent to negative 10 per cent. Well done! Now what’s your next trick?" - James Gorman [FT] $$$ Barclays Names McGee Top Americas Corporate and Investment Banker [DealBook] $$$ Viking and ValueAct have outperformed the market YTD, but the median hedge fund return through August is 4.13% [AR] $$$ Game Over: Dave & Buster’s Withdraws IPO [Deal Journal] $$$ "It was the third alligator found roaming free on Long Island in less than a week." [Newsday] $$$ A reader writes, "I know getting drunk and crashing cars into houses on Long Island has been a big fad this year so I figured I'd share." [Newsday, earlier] $$$ A European investment bank is looking for a junior rates trader in New York [DBCC] $$$ Deutsche Bank seen hardest hit by Liikanen reforms [Reuters] $$$ Hard money and the gerontocracy [Noahpinion] $$$ Barry Ritholtz is sick of all the people who are just in finance for the money [TBP] $$$ Gawker recaps a Hulk Hogan sex tape [Gawker] $$$ "But is having your head in a plush diver helmet simply too dorky for the workplace?" Possibly [BusinessWeek]
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$$$ "Congratulations: you’ve now taken a business which was earning 5 per cent to negative 10 per cent. Well done! Now what’s your next trick?" - James Gorman [FT]

$$$Barclays Names McGee Top Americas Corporate and Investment Banker [DealBook]

$$$ Viking and ValueAct have outperformed the market YTD, but the median hedge fund return through August is 4.13% [AR]

$$$Game Over: Dave & Buster’s Withdraws IPO [Deal Journal]

$$$ "It was the third alligator found roaming free on Long Island in less than a week." [Newsday]

$$$ A reader writes, "I know getting drunk and crashing cars into houses on Long Island has been a big fad this year so I figured I'd share." [Newsday, earlier]

$$$ A European investment bank is looking for a junior rates trader in New York [DBCC]

$$$Deutsche Bank seen hardest hit by Liikanen reforms [Reuters]

$$$Hard money and the gerontocracy [Noahpinion]

$$$ Barry Ritholtz is sick of all the people who are just in finance for the money [TBP]

$$$ Gawker recaps a Hulk Hogan sex tape [Gawker]

$$$ "But is having your head in a plush diver helmet simply too dorky for the workplace?" Possibly [BusinessWeek]

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