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.
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is heading out of contract, and Tottenham Hotspur could be in the market for a central defender.
Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson has been playing through the pain for Jurgen Klopp's men.
There's Arsenal frustration with the direction of the club under the Spaniard.
The Ibrox side are said to be keen on bringing him to Rangers.
Liverpool are leading the charge in the Premier League table as their nearest challengers are currently Leicester City.
Liverpool currently have a nine point lead over Manchester City, as they look to win their first ever Premier League title.
Raheem Sterling has brought his scrap with Liverpool's Joe Gomez to the England setup.
Chelsea are currently eight points behind Liverpool as things stand in the Premier League table.
Tottenham Hotspur summer signing is currently away with England's under-21 side on international duty.
Arsenal are once again being linked with Manchester City's Mikel Arteta.