Write-Offs: 02.22.13

$$$ U.K. Loses Top Aaa Rating From Moody’s as Growth Weakens [Bloomberg] $$$ Panic-driven austerity in the Eurozone and its implications [VoxEU] $$$ Judge extends freeze on account linked to Heinz trades [Reuters] $$$ "I asked ... if Citigroup had a policy of providing financial incentives to senior executives to encourage them to seek high-level federal jobs." [Bloomberg] $$$ "The bankrupt city of San Bernardino has hired a new city manager who, according to court filings, has twice declared personal bankruptcy ..." [Reuters] $$$ Pope Also Abandoning 1.5 Million People on Twitter [DI] $$$ Macquarie is looking for a structuring and risk management analyst for its energy markets division in Houston [DBCC] $$$ “Herbalife is bound by our self-regulatory code that prohibits [crimes]. Obviously, they wouldn’t be members of the association if we believed they were in violation.” [DealBook] $$$ Societe Generale planning CVA securitisation [Reuters] $$$ Don't Fix It, Call It a Risk Factor! [Credit Slips] $$$ Ex-SEC officials to risk council: Back off on money funds [Reuters] $$$ Resume includes "Drug dealer 2003-2005 small time supplier" [Gawker]
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$$$U.K. Loses Top Aaa Rating From Moody’s as Growth Weakens [Bloomberg]

$$$Panic-driven austerity in the Eurozone and its implications [VoxEU]

$$$Judge extends freeze on account linked to Heinz trades [Reuters]

$$$ "I asked ... if Citigroup had a policy of providing financial incentives to senior executives to encourage them to seek high-level federal jobs." [Bloomberg]

$$$ "The bankrupt city of San Bernardino has hired a new city manager who, according to court filings, has twice declared personal bankruptcy ..." [Reuters]

$$$Pope Also Abandoning 1.5 Million People on Twitter [DI]

$$$ Macquarie is looking for a structuring and risk management analyst for its energy markets division in Houston [DBCC]

$$$ “Herbalife is bound by our self-regulatory code that prohibits [crimes]. Obviously, they wouldn’t be members of the association if we believed they were in violation.” [DealBook]

$$$Societe Generale planning CVA securitisation [Reuters]

$$$Don't Fix It, Call It a Risk Factor! [Credit Slips]

$$$Ex-SEC officials to risk council: Back off on money funds [Reuters]

$$$ Resume includes "Drug dealer 2003-2005 small time supplier" [Gawker]

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