The Quick 10: 10 of the Most Expensive Mergers in the Last 10 Years

Are you sick of hearing about mergers and takeovers and bankruptcies and bailouts yet? If not, maybe this will finally cap it off for you. It's the 10 of the most expensive bank mergers in the last 10 years in terms of how much the transaction cost. Bank of America and Wachovia have been busy, huh?? The first company is the one who did the acquiring, the second was the company that got acquired, and the third is what they became known as after the merger.

1. Travelers Group and Citicorp = Citigroup, $140 billion.
2. Bank of America Corp + Merrill Lynch = Bank of America, $50 billion
3. Bank of America Corp. + FleetBoston Financial Corp. = Bank of America Corp., $47 billion.
4. Bank of America + MBNA Corporation = Bank of America Card Services, $35 billion
5. Wachovia + Golden West Financial = Wachovia, $25 billion
6. Wachovia + Worldwide Savings Bank = Wachovia, $25 billion
7. Bank of America + LaSalle Bank = Bank of America, $21 billion
8. Bank of New York + Mellon Financial Corporation = Bank of New York Mellon, $18.3 billion
9. Wachovia + South Trust = Wachovia, $14.3 billion
10. Capital One Financial Corporation + North Folk Bank = Capital One Financial Corporation, $13.2 billion.

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Can You Find the Money in Santa’s Sack in This Hidden Image Puzzle?

A hidden-object image features rows of Santas carrying sacks.

Vouchercloud, a website and app for online deals, brings us this holiday-themed test of your vision just in time for Christmas. Hidden among all the identical Santa Clauses carrying sacks of presents, one financially-savvy Santa is carrying a big sack of money. Can you figure out where he is? (Warning: Spoilers below.)

Spot him yet? If you’re stumped, check out the solution below. If this one was a breeze for you, try out a few more hidden-object puzzles here, here, and here. Or if you’re looking for something with a little more real-life relevancy, try to figure out where the snake is in this photo. Happy hunting!

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