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Things worth reading: 17th August 2009

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Heroes to zeros … and back again
(Guardian)

"After fleeing to exile last year, Fred 'the Shred' Goodwin is coming home …

"David Yelland, the former editor of the Sun who is now a leading
City PR adviser, says the problem facing Goodwin is that he made so few
allies on the way up. 'He hasn't got enough friends. He didn't make
enough in the good times to help him in the bad times.' Yelland … says helping Goodwin make a comeback 'will
not be the easiest rehab in history'. He rates it on the same scale as
that of John Profumo, the Tory minister caught up in the infamous 1960s
sex-and-spies scandal."

The Bonus Row

Barclays £30 million offer sparks City pay row (Telegraph)
Bankers bag £7.6bn in bonuses (Telegraph)
Bankers defy Tory bonus criticism (BBC)
Kick galacticos bonus strategy out of the City, say academics (Guardian)
Alistair Darling: new law to curb City bonuses (Times)

Nigeria

Nigeria Plans $2.6 Billion Bank Bailout, Ousts Top Executives (Wall Street Journal)
Nigeria takes control of five banks that failed stress tests (Financial Times)

Companies

Criminal complaints filed against ex-UBS bosses (Business Week)
Rising wave of fraud plunges Bradford & Bingley deeper into the red (Times)

General

Micropayment for a Twitter Joke? (Reve News)

Quote of the Day:

"I don't care if a prospect is out there trying to sell the clunkiest
piece of useless sh*t since Crocs, we're dumping cash on it."

Leaked Morgan Stanley Memo Reveals Wall Street Plans to "Throw Money All Over the Place" When Economy Recovers (The Spoof)


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