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Money Links: The Goldman/Greece connection; businesses face soaring tax bills; skill versus luck at the billionaire level

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--- Did Goldman help Greece hide its debt troubles? Germany’s Spiegel magazine contends that Goldman Sachs designed a big “cross-currency swap” debt deal for Greece in 2002 that didn’t show up in the country’s official borrowing statistics.

--- Businesses face soaring state unemployment-insurance taxes: The extra money is needed to replenish depleted state insurance trust funds. The irony: The cash some companies will shell out might otherwise have been used to boost hiring.

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--- Morningstar buys data-digger Footnoted.org: The Footnoted site has won kudos for its work unearthing what investors need to know from the fine print in companies’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Morningstar’s announcement is here.

--- Or maybe he’s just really lucky: So says “Black Swan” author Nassim Taleb about Warren Buffett, on the question of luck versus skill in investing.

-- Tom Petruno


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