Write-Offs: 4.21.15

Hank Paulson tells China to be very afraid; Banks' first quarter trading revenue = cautious optimism; Slovakia telecom IPO comin' at ya; "Man rides 11 miles on hood of SUV in Pennsylvania"; and more.
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Write-Offs: 04.30.12

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Write-Offs: 06.29.12

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Write-Offs: 12.3.15

Yellen just about ready to do this; Alleged spoofers charged; JPM buries whale; "Pennsylvania Officials Stumped Why Town Smelled Like Cat Pee"; and more.

Write-Offs: 2.22.16

A new breed of trader; Brexit fears; Good times for ETFS; British theme park auctioning off complete log ride; and more.

Write-Offs: 01.28.13

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Write-Offs: 10.01.12

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Write-Offs: 2.12.16

Paulson plans private equity fund; Risk of recession rises; Mark Cuban sparks 'berserk' bets on gold; At 81, Florence Henderson has multiple ‘friends with benefits’; and more.