Write-Offs: 02.26.13

$$$ U.S. Banks Had Second-Best Earnings Ever in 2012, FDIC Says [Bloomberg] $$$ Dimon Says Lenders to Have More Capital Than They Can Use [Bloomberg] $$$ Banks Fear Court Ruling in Argentina Bond Debt [DealBook] $$$ “'We are seeing some elements of precrisis behavior,' Mr. Marks said on Tuesday at the SuperReturn International 2013 conference. 'We are seeing people engaging in bullish behavior.'” [DealBook] $$$ AB InBev Overstates Alcohol in Budweiser, Lawsuit Claims [Bloomberg] $$$ Nassim Taleb book party tonight! [Book Culture] $$$ Best Buy takeover attempt by founder in jeopardy [Reuters] $$$ At Barnes & Noble, Interests of Top Executives Diverge [WSJ] $$$ It’s time to abolish the FHFA [Reuters / Felix Salmon] $$$ New Stream Capital Executives Accused of Fraud [WSJ] $$$ Former CFO Sues T. Boone Pickens' Son [CNS]
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$$$U.S. Banks Had Second-Best Earnings Ever in 2012, FDIC Says [Bloomberg]

$$$Dimon Says Lenders to Have More Capital Than They Can Use [Bloomberg]

$$$Banks Fear Court Ruling in Argentina Bond Debt [DealBook]

$$$ “'We are seeing some elements of precrisis behavior,' Mr. Marks said on Tuesday at the SuperReturn International 2013 conference. 'We are seeing people engaging in bullish behavior.'” [DealBook]

$$$AB InBev Overstates Alcohol in Budweiser, Lawsuit Claims [Bloomberg]

$$$Nassim Taleb book party tonight! [Book Culture]

$$$Best Buy takeover attempt by founder in jeopardy [Reuters]

$$$At Barnes & Noble, Interests of Top Executives Diverge [WSJ]

$$$It’s time to abolish the FHFA [Reuters / Felix Salmon]

$$$New Stream Capital Executives Accused of Fraud [WSJ]

$$$Former CFO Sues T. Boone Pickens' Son [CNS]

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