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.
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!
Here's an early list of those who are thought to have lost out in Bernard Madoff's alleged $50bn scam.
Leif Davis has become Leeds United's latest injury victim.
Mikel Arteta's Arsenal are reportedly eager to strengthen their defensive ranks this month.
Dani Ceballos is on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid.
Tottenham Hotspur ran out 2-1 victors over Norwich City last night, as Jose Mourinho's side ended their winless run.
Gareth Bale has been linked with a return to Tottenham Hotspur but a deal won't be happening anytime soon it seems.
Championship promotion chasers Leeds United are reportedly battling Premier League duo West Ham and Norwich City for Rayo's Adri Embarba.
Tottenham Hotspur are known to be on the look out for a forward, as they look to find a replacement for the injured Harry Kane.
David Luiz moved to Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea in the summer.
Premier League duo Aston Villa and Newcastle reportedly want to raid Brighton for Glenn Murray - Nottingham Forest need a new striker too.
Everton and West Ham are reportedly in talks to bring Roma flop Steven Nzonzi back to the Premier League but he is not heading to Bramall Lane.