Write-Offs: 12.03.12

$$$ S.E.C. Charges the Chinese Affiliates of 5 Big Accounting Firms [DealBook] $$$ Morgan Stanley wealth unit aims to close lending gap [Reuters] $$$ "Through the end of November, U.S. companies with below investment-grade ratings sold $854 billion in junk-rated bonds and 'leveraged' loans, a record amount that outpaces the $785 billion sold in all of 2011 and even the $825 billion sold in 2007 before the financial crisis." [Deal Journal] $$$ Is Spying on Corporate Jets Insider Trading? [NetNet / John Carney] $$$ 180 Minutes With [former Top Model contestant and current Citi equity derivatives saleswoman] Kim Stolz [NYM, earlier] $$$ The Pope will start tweeting eventually [NYT] $$$ A top-tier financial firm is looking for a securities lending analyst in Stamford [DBCC] $$$ Credit Suisse is paying negative interest rates on some SFr cash balances [FTAV] $$$ Lawyer Says Trader Did Not Manipulate Market [DealBook] $$$ Oracle to Pay Three Dividends in December [WSJ] $$$ El Paso's $110 mln settlement over Kinder Morgan deal approved [Reuters] $$$ Romney Rejoins Board of Marriott [WSJ] $$$ Whisky Restores Eyesight of Man Who Was Blinded by Vodka [Gawker]
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$$$S.E.C. Charges the Chinese Affiliates of 5 Big Accounting Firms [DealBook]

$$$Morgan Stanley wealth unit aims to close lending gap [Reuters]

$$$ "Through the end of November, U.S. companies with below investment-grade ratings sold $854 billion in junk-rated bonds and 'leveraged' loans, a record amount that outpaces the $785 billion sold in all of 2011 and even the $825 billion sold in 2007 before the financial crisis." [Deal Journal]

$$$Is Spying on Corporate Jets Insider Trading? [NetNet / John Carney]

$$$180 Minutes With [former Top Model contestant and current Citi equity derivatives saleswoman] Kim Stolz [NYM, earlier]

$$$ The Pope will start tweeting eventually [NYT]

$$$ A top-tier financial firm is looking for a securities lending analyst in Stamford [DBCC]

$$$ Credit Suisse is paying negative interest rates on some SFr cash balances [FTAV]

$$$Lawyer Says Trader Did Not Manipulate Market [DealBook]

$$$Oracle to Pay Three Dividends in December [WSJ]

$$$El Paso's $110 mln settlement over Kinder Morgan deal approved [Reuters]

$$$Romney Rejoins Board of Marriott [WSJ]

$$$Whisky Restores Eyesight of Man Who Was Blinded by Vodka [Gawker]

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