Write-Offs: 01.18.13

$$$ Citigroup Said to Cut Investment Bankers’ Bonuses by 20% [Bloomberg] $$$ HSBC to Pay $249 Million in Foreclosure Settlement [WSJ] $$$ "For most of its history, Dell appears to have followed advice from investment banks — advice that ill-served long-term shareholders to the benefit of corporate executives. The company paid out billions of dollars to buy back stock, and only last year began to distribute some of the money to shareholders who chose to stick with it rather than bail out. It has spent more money on share repurchases than it earned throughout its life as a public company. Most of those repurchases were at prices well above current levels." [NYT] $$$ Matt Yglesias on the Fed: "There's no solving for the desired result. There's just a presentation of a scenario and then a bunch of chit chat and discussion of operational details." [Slate] $$$ Vibrator With 3 Balls Can’t Win EU Trademark, Court Says [Bloomberg] $$$ Levin Report on JPMorgan Whale Said to Fault Regulator [Bloomberg] $$$ Assured Guaranty Cut by Moody’s on Muni Insurance Outlook [Bloomberg] $$$ All Dutch securities have been dematerialized [FTAV] $$$ Chinese labour pool begins to drain [FT] $$$ A sonnet version of the Diff'rent Strokes theme song [VC]
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$$$Citigroup Said to Cut Investment Bankers’ Bonuses by 20% [Bloomberg]

$$$HSBC to Pay $249 Million in Foreclosure Settlement [WSJ]

$$$Bridgewater's Greg Jensen Donates Poker Winnings To Sandy Hook Elementary Victims [HFI]

$$$ "For most of its history, Dell appears to have followed advice from investment banks — advice that ill-served long-term shareholders to the benefit of corporate executives. The company paid out billions of dollars to buy back stock, and only last year began to distribute some of the money to shareholders who chose to stick with it rather than bail out. It has spent more money on share repurchases than it earned throughout its life as a public company. Most of those repurchases were at prices well above current levels." [NYT]

$$$ Matt Yglesias on the Fed: "There's no solving for the desired result. There's just a presentation of a scenario and then a bunch of chit chat and discussion of operational details." [Slate]

$$$Vibrator With 3 Balls Can’t Win EU Trademark, Court Says [Bloomberg]

$$$Levin Report on JPMorgan Whale Said to Fault Regulator [Bloomberg]

$$$Assured Guaranty Cut by Moody’s on Muni Insurance Outlook [Bloomberg]

$$$ All Dutch securities have been dematerialized [FTAV]

$$$Chinese labour pool begins to drain [FT]

$$$Billionaires 'Nobody Knows' Uncovered With Public Wealth [Bloomberg]

$$$ A sonnet version of the Diff'rent Strokes theme song [VC]

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