Fings ain't wot they used to be. And neither was this Christmas.
Here's our Highly-Placed Professionals view of how 2010 is likely to turn out.
Reuters reports that fraudster Bernie Madoff has now been moved to the medical wing of Butner Federal Correctional Complex, where he is currently serving 150 years for his $65bn Ponzi scheme. There have been reports that Madoff has told other inmates that he has cancer, and doesn't expect to ses out his sentence.
And here's the list:
Citi Wednesday announced it has completed the previously announced repayment of $20 billion invested in the company by the U.S. government through the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and terminated the loss-sharing agreement with the government.
First class stamps are going up to 41p. What a joke. I send everything I can by e-mail these days, and it's good to see that HM Revenue & Customs (usually clowns themselves) are insisting that many firms now file their VAT returns online from next year.
Royal Bank of Scotland Global Banking & Markets is making a big pitch to encourage graduates / interns to join the ranks this year.
The Independent On Sunday reports that Goldman Sachs has 'threatened' the UK Treasury that it will relocate up to 20% of its London-based staff to Spain in protest at the bank bonus tax.
Bloomberg reports that Banco Santander is planning to hire 200 bankers for its global wholesale banking and markets business.
The Independent reports that HSBC looks likely to follow Deutsche Bank and spread the impact of the UK bank bonus tax around its global employee population. A similar move is also thought to be being considered by Barclays Capital.