Lunchtime Links: Goldman's splashing some cash after all

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Goldman's fourth quarter results showed average pay per head for 2008 came in at just 55% of the level of 2007. Now it seems the firm is doing its best to make amends. According to the Wall Street Journal, Goldman bankers are to take immediate delivery of tranches of restricted stock which they previously had to wait three years to access. Goldman is also said to have offered to buy-out employees who invested in its money-losing Whitehall 2007 fund.

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