Lest you think 2008 was only about the crunch, let us remind ourselves that a little bit of life also took place. The shocks of birth, the perils of street crossing, the truth about tipping, and an safe way to rebel. Against your sat nav.
The New York Daily News reports that disgraced financier Bernie Madoff, the mastermind behind an alleged $50bn fraud, could end up falling back on an insanity defense in order to avoid jail time.
The weekend beginning Saturday, 13th September, will go down as the two-day period that changed the face of Wall Street. Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch were on the ropes, at the mercy of short sellers. Rumours and speculation were rife. Would Lehman fall or merge ? Would the US government come to the rescue with a bailout ? Would Merrill Lynch be the next shoe to drop ? And what would happen to Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley ? As a comprehensive Wall Street Journal article has now made clear, the decisions made over those two days sealed the fate of all these key financial markets players.
Associated Press reports that the brother of Thierry de la Villehuchet, the financier who is thought to have killed himself earlier this week due to the fact that he had monies invested with Bernie Madoff, has said that his sibling indeed had 'several tens of millions' with the alleged fraudster.
Reader-Writer Billy No Box wins the award as our most prolific HITW. We give you a selection from him, as well as a bit from The Properlys, HITC Life's Etiquette Team. May we never stray from good manners again (regardless of our bonus).
'2008 has been a difficult year for most of us in the financial markets industry, but my year really takes the biscuit. In fact, I've come to believe that I'm the unluckiest banker alive.
Here's the latest missive from our Highly Placed Professional.
This year saw the entry of a few new reader-writers who have made our lives better. Square Mylo, Sonny Blue and MrSMartinPants. Funny, why don't they write under their real names? Perhaps because they're giving us the Real Deal.
Here's the results of our 2008 'Bonus Satisfaction' poll. (We didn't bother to ask our readers, as we knew what your responses would be).
And who said that there'll be no Santa Claus this year - as least there is as far as former Merrill Lynch executive Peter Kraus is concerned. He'll surely remember 2008 as a hell of a year!
Liverpool have been linked to Arsenal ace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Liverpool have replaced Southampton as early favourites to sign Manchester City's Gael Clichy.
Liverpool are expected to be highly active in the summer transfer window.
Newcastle United are among the favourites to sign the Watford man this summer.
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha is said to desperately want the striker at Ibrox, and could have the upper hand over Derby County.
Newcastle United are reportedly pushing to sign Burnley striker Andre Gray.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder will have to be even more patient for another run-out.
Newcastle United are reportedly contenders to sign Michy Batshuayi.
Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has been linked with a move to Southampton in recent times.
Hearts' Callum Paterson and Aberdeen's Ryan Jack could both move to Rangers on free transfers this summer with Pedro Caixinha reviving his squad.