Pre-Marketing 11.10.10

November 10, 2010, 5:14 PM UTC

* Healy Jones: Handling the venture capitalist cold call

* Elizabeth Warren: Giving small banks a chance to thrive

* Can regulation create more financially-savvy consumers?

* Morning Call: U.S. futures point higher, London falls early, European shares slide and the Nikkei hits a 4-month closing high.

* It’s a good day to work at Google

* M&A 101: A guide to merger agreements

* Nouriel Roubini: Why a gold standard wouldn’t work

* Semi-related: Talking heads take the gold standard argument one ridiculous step further, suggesting the use of actual gold as “a medium of exchange.”

* Felix Salmon: The forced-place insurance scandal

* Hugh Hefner’s buyout offer for Playboy is still on the table

* John Borthwick: Series A valuations in NYC are up 10-15%

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* Who’s a prop trader” is starting to resemble an Abbott & Costello routine:

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