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  • HSBC, Standard Chartered Fall on Early Results of UK Vote

    06/24/2016 4:10:40 AM PDT · by Cronos · 2 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 24 June 2016 | NewsMax
    London-based banks HSBC Holdings Plc and Standard Chartered Plc tumbled in Hong Kong after early results from Britainís European Union referendum indicated greater support for an exit than academics had forecast. HSBC, which made about a third of its 2015 revenue in Europe, fell as much as 3.1 percent and Standard Chartered as much as 3.7 percent. Financial institutions including JPMorgan Chase & Co., HSBC and Deutsche Bank AG warned ahead of Britainís vote that they could shift some operations from London if the U.K. left the EU. HSBC would probably move about 1,000 investment bankers to Paris in the...
  • Nation's largest banks all pass Fed's 'stress tests'

    06/23/2016 10:48:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 23, 2016 5:36 PM EDT | Ken Sweet
    The largest U.S. financial institutions have enough armor to withstand the turmoil of a major and prolonged national and global recession, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. The central bankís annual ďstress testsĒ show that the 33 largest financial institutions ó including JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo ó all hold more capital than at any time since the 2008 financial crisis. They also hold enough capital that, even if faced with billions of dollars in losses from loans as a result of an economic crisis, they would continue to function. The stress tests were created in the...
  • Wells Fargo: Proudly Plunging Toward Bankruptcy

    06/23/2016 4:55:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 82 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 23, 2016 | Mike Adams
    Market watch recently reported that Wells Fargo stock has plunged into its greatest losing streak in nearly nine years. This comes as little surprise given the fact that the company has experienced a takeover at the hands of radical leftists. Leftists may be experts in certain things like organic gardening, herbal healing, and folk music. But they are not known for their expertise in economics and personal finance. In case you have missed Wells Fargoís recent radical political shift, here are some of the highlights:-GOP Convention Boycott. It is pretty difficult to imagine a bank boycotting a major political party...
  • Germany sets conditions for EU banking union

    06/18/2016 3:44:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 Jun 2016 08:12 GMT+02:00
    Germany on Friday set its conditions to deepen banking union in the European Union, demanding that risks be reduced at Europeís banks before deposits could be guaranteed EU-wide. Many EU governments such as France and Italy see a deposit guarantee across Europe as the next logical step to avoid the problems that brought on the euro debt crisis and the financial collapse of 2009. At talks in Luxembourg, the EUís 28 finance ministers agreed for the first time to an EU roadmap towards a deposit guarantee scheme across Europe. Ö
  • Bank Of America Set To Fire 8,000 As Banker Layoffs Accelerate

    06/15/2016 11:02:03 AM PDT · by dennisw · 19 replies
    zerohedge ^ | Jun 15, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    A few months ago we pointed out that mass layoffs were coming for bankers due to declining revenues and more difficult market conditions, and now we're seeing the first major wave of that come to fruition. Bank of America has announced that it will fire as many as 8,000 employees within its consumer division the FT reports.The core reason given for the headcount reduction in this instance is that digital banking is picking up the pace, and has reduced the need for "back office staff" and bank tellers. This is a trend that BofA highlighted in its In its Q1...
  • Investment scam shocks muslims in Chicago (phony "Sharia compliant" firm)

    09/27/2008 12:00:31 PM PDT · by FocusNexus · 17 replies · 1,103+ views
    The Economic Times ^ | Sept. 27, 2008 | News
    Both Indian and Pakistani community of Chicago and its suburbs are in a state of unrest and shock due to an unbelievable investment scam worth millions-of- dollars targeting the community and sudden disappearance of Sunrise Equities's CEO Salman Ibrahim. State regulators are considering criminal charges against a developer named Ibrahim, who fraudulently persuaded hundreds of muslims to invest in real estate deals. Some gave Ibrahim their life savings or mortgaged their homes before he disappeared in August. Investors say they may loose more than USD 50 million. Salman Ibrahim, CEO and President of the Chicago-based Shariah compliant financial services firm,...
  • European Banks Fleeing German Banks Like Rats From A Sinking Ship

    06/13/2016 1:27:31 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Contra Corner ^ | 10 June 2016 | Lee Adler
    Smaller banks often deposit funds in bigger banks. The level of banksí deposits at other banks is a reflection of their confidence in the system as a whole. The ECB measures and is kind enough to share with us the level of bank deposits in other banks in Europe, breaking the data down by country and the Eurozone as a whole. Banks have been pulling their money out of other banks in Europe like rats deserting a sinking ship since 2012. Even the advent of QE in 2014 only slowed the stampede. European banks are still gettiní out of Dodge....
  • Why are so many bankers committing suicide?

    06/12/2016 9:03:39 AM PDT · by GraceG · 16 replies
    Three bankers in New York, London and Siena, Italy, died within 17 months of each other in 2013-14 in what authorities deemed a series of unrelated suicides. But in each case, the victim had a connection to a burgeoning global banking scandal, leaving more questions than answers as to the circumstances surrounding their deaths.
  • NC gun dealer wins duel with bank that cited federal reg to drop him

    06/09/2016 4:43:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 9, 2016 | Malis Zimmerman
    A North Carolina gun seller won a duel with his local bank, after the lender denied his web-based business its services, erroneously citing a controversial banking regulation, he told FoxNews.com Thursday. For months, Luke Lichterman had tried to get his Hometrust Bank branch to process purchases, but officials told him a 2013 Department of Justice regulation dubbed ďOperation Choke PointĒ barred them from serving a ďriskyĒ business, he said. "When I asked the bank representative what other businesses are considered 'risky,' the first word out of his mouth was 'pornography,íĒ Lichterman, who is 75 and disabled from a serious car...
  • Power of Gupta family in South Africa has people fearing Ďstate captureí

    05/29/2016 12:03:33 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 7 replies
    Despite the denials, South Africaís banks have had enough. In recent weeks, all four of the biggest banks have severed their links to the Guptas, closing the bank accounts of the Gupta holding company, Oakbay Investments. The Guptas were furious. In newspaper advertisements, they said the banks were jeopardizing the livelihoods of 7,500 of Oakbayís ďemployees and dependents.Ē The Zuma government swiftly responded by delegating three cabinet ministers to meet with the banks to settle the matter. It was an extraordinary state intervention in a private business dispute. And, critics said, it was further proof of the remarkable power of...
  • Barclaycard Visa application but never applied/Vanity

    05/28/2016 8:59:15 AM PDT · by 4yearlurker · 72 replies
    Dave Widing
    I recieved a complete your application form in the mail today for a Barclaycard Visa credit card. Never heard of them and never applied. They want a original utility bill with address to verify my address. The letter has no phone number,no Internet site,and no street address.Just a P.O. box in Delaware. Anybody ever hear of this company or had dealings with them?
  • North Korea Linked to Digital Attacks on Global Banks

    05/26/2016 6:45:16 PM PDT · by Innovative · 8 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 26, 2016 | NICOLE PERLROTH and MICHAEL CORKERY
    Security researchers have tied the recent spate of digital breaches on Asian banks to North Korea, in what they say appears to be the first known case of a nation using digital attacks for financial gain. In three recent attacks on banks, researchers working for the digital security firm Symantec said, the thieves deployed a rare piece of code that had been seen in only two previous cases: the hacking attack at Sony Pictures in December 2014 and attacks on banks and media companies in South Korea in 2013. Government officials in the United States and South Korea have blamed...
  • Japan ATM scam using fraudulent cards nets $12.7m

    05/23/2016 5:43:12 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 5-23-16 | BBC
    Cash worth 1.4bn yen ($13m; £8.8m) has been taken from cash machines in Japan using credit cards created with data stolen from a South African bank. The money was withdrawn in less than three hours from 1,400 convenience store cash machines across Japan, the Kyodo news agency reports. The withdrawals targeted 7-Eleven cash machines, which unlike most in Japan accept foreign cards. South Africa's Standard Bank estimated its total losses at $19.25m.
  • Banker Plunges to His Death After Eating Magic Mushrooms

    05/23/2016 2:14:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 23, 2016 | Tina Moore
    A Merrill Lynch analyst ate a handful of magic mushrooms in his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning ó and then plunged to his death out of his 26th-floor window, police sources said. Alex Lagowitz, 23, was found dead on a third-floor, outdoor patio around 10 a.m. ó directly below his bedroom window at Windsor Court on East 31st Street and Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill, the sources said.
  • Banker plunges to his death after eating magic mushrooms

    05/23/2016 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 86 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 23, 2016 | by Tina Moore
    A Merrill Lynch analyst ate a handful of magic mushrooms in his Manhattan apartment Sunday morning - and then plunged to his death out of his 26th floor window. Alex Lagowitz, 23, was found dead on a third floor, outdoor patio around 10 a.m. - directly below his bedroom window at Windsor Court on East 31st Street and Lexington Avenue in Murray Hill. Itís still unclear if he purposely jumped or lost his balance and fell out of the window.
  • Central Bank Dump Of US Debt Deepens

    05/20/2016 6:42:09 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 25 replies
    Contra Corner ^ | 18 May 2016 | Patrick Gillespie
    Central banks are dumping Americaís debt at a record pace. China, Russia and Brazil sold off U.S. Treasury bonds as they tried to soften the blow of the global economic slowdown. They each sold off at least $1 billion in U.S. Treasury bonds in March. In all, central banks sold a net $17 billion. Sales had hit a record $57 billion in January. So far this year, the global bank debt dump has reached $123 billion. Itís the fastest pace for a U.S. debt selloff by global central banks since at least 1978, according to Treasury Department data published Monday...
  • Five banks sued in U.S. for rigging $9 trillion agency bond market

    05/20/2016 5:49:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 May 2016 | Jonathan Stempel
    Five major banks and four traders were sued on Wednesday in a private U.S. lawsuit claiming they conspired to rig prices worldwide in a more than $9 trillion market for bonds issued by government-linked organizations and agencies. Bank of America Corp (BAC.N), Credit Agricole SA (CAGR.PA), Credit Suisse Group AG (CSGN.S), Deutsche Bank AG (DBKGn.DE) and Nomura Holdings Inc (8604.T) were accused of secretly agreeing to widen the "bid-ask" spreads they quoted customers of supranational, sub-sovereign and agency (SSA) bonds. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court by the Boston Retirement System said the collusion dates to at least 2005,...
  • Libya's Central Bank Has $184 Million In Gold In Its Vault... It Just Doesn't Know The Combination

    05/15/2016 9:34:26 PM PDT · by chopperman · 20 replies
    BEYDA, LibyaóUnderneath a bank in this eastern coastal city, a vault holds a trove of gold and silver coins worth $184 million. It belongs to the central bank, which could use the money to alleviate a crippling cash shortage. The pile, however, presents some problems. The coins are locked away with a five-number code that central bankers in this part of the country donít have. A rival government in Tripoli, which has effective control over the bank system, wonít hand over the digits and has expressed concern the money could fund armed militias opposed to its rule. To make things...
  • 'Harry Potter' star Emma Watson named in latest Panama Papers leak

    05/11/2016 8:06:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 11, 2016 | Staff
    What would Hermione Granger say? Actress Emma Watson has been named in the so-called "Panama Papers" as having used a company based in a Caribbean tax haven to handle her money, it was revealed Tuesday. The 26-year-old, who is taking a break from acting to work as a United Nations goodwill ambassador and women's rights campaigner, is a shareholder in one of approximately 200,000 offshore corporations whose information was published online Monday by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ).
  • ANZ, Westpac hit by hundreds of Chinese home loan frauds

    05/09/2016 11:11:27 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 10 replies
    AFR ^ | 05.09.2016 | Christopher Joye
    ANZ Banking Group and Westpac Banking Corp have discovered they have each approved "hundreds" of home loans backed by fraudulent Chinese income documents, which were allegedly manufactured with the help of dodgy mortgage brokers.
  • Paul Ryan sold shares on same day as private briefing of banking crisis

    05/09/2016 6:14:50 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/13/2012 | Dominic Rushe
    Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate, sold stock in US banks on the same day he attended a confidential meeting where top level officials disclosed the sector was heading for a deep crisis. The congressman on Monday denied profiting from information gleaned from the meeting on 18 September 2008 when Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, then treasury secretary Hank Paulson and others outlined their fears for the banking sector.
  • Exclusive: SWIFT warns customers of multiple cyber fraud cases

    04/26/2016 6:10:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 26, 2016 | By Jim Finkle
    SWIFT, the global financial network that banks use to transfer billions of dollars every day, warned its customers on Monday that it was aware of "a number of recent cyber incidents" where attackers had sent fraudulent messages over its system. The disclosure came as law enforcement authorities in Bangladesh and elsewhere investigated the February cyber theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank account at the New York Federal Reserve Bank. SWIFT, or the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, is a cooperative owned by 3,000 financial institutions.
  • U.S. Government Is Now a Major Counterparty to Wall Street Derivatives

    04/24/2016 7:43:59 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 19 replies
    Wall Street on Parade ^ | 21 April 2016 | Pam Martens and Russ Martens
    According to a study released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in March of last year, U.S. taxpayers have already injected $187.5 billion into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two companies that prior to the 2008 financial crash traded on the New York Stock Exchange, had shareholders and their own Board of Directors while also receiving an implicit taxpayer guarantee on their debt. The U.S. government put the pair into conservatorship on September 6, 2008. The public has been led to believe that the $187.5 billion bailout of the pair was the full extent of the taxpayersí tab....
  • Mobs of Angry Investors Fight Market Rigging, Maul Deutsche Bank

    04/20/2016 1:18:11 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 20 April 2016 | Clint Siegner
    Prior to last week, Deutsche Bank made headlines for a string of huge losses and massive exposure to risky derivatives. The last time the firmís shares traded at prices this low, the world was in the midst of 2008ís financial apocalypse. Deutsche Bank didnít need more bad news, but a group of investors who brought suit against the massive German bank for cheating them by rigging the London ďfixĒ price for gold and silver certainly must be smiling. Last week, the bank offered to settle their class action suit for an undisclosed amount. Perhaps more importantly, DB promises to provide...
  • Morgan Stanley begins layoffs in credit division

    04/19/2016 2:58:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Yahoo Finance Via Reuters ^ | 04/19/2016 | Olivia Oran and Richard Leong
    Morgan Stanley this week cut staff covering short-term credit and regional broker-dealers, after a quarter in which the bank posted a 42 percent drop in bond trading, several sources told Reuters. The sources blamed the shakeup at the No. 6 U.S. bank by assets on tougher capital rules, mounting competition from faster and cheaper trading on electronic systems and expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise U.S. interest rates next week for the first time in nearly a decade. The decision to downsize followed one of Morgan Stanley's slowest quarters for bond trading since the global credit crunch. The bank...
  • Wells Far Gone

    04/19/2016 6:17:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 77 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | Mike Adams
    Dear Wells Fargo Customer Service: Recently, a friend sent me a picture of your 54-story Charlotte headquarters lit up with the colors of the transgendered pride flag. I attempted to contact you privately to register my strong objection to your companyís decision to take the wrong side in the nationís raging cultural war. Unfortunately, your website was not sufficiently inclusive. It only allowed me 1,000 characters of space to leave a comment. Itís going to take a lot more than that so I decided to make this issue the subject of my weekly opinion column. This isnít my first negative...
  • Deutsche Bank cancels US growth plans over LGBT laws

    04/12/2016 12:11:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 60 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 12 Apr 2016 16:13 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Deutsche Bank, Germanyís biggest lender, on Tuesday added its voice to a growing protest by major companies against legislation recently passed in some US states targeting gay and transgender people. The bank said in a statement that it would ďfreeze plans to create 250 new jobs at its Cary, North Carolina, locationĒ by the end of 2017. The decision was ďdue to state-wide legislation enacted in North Carolina on March 23 that invalidated existing protections of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender fellow citizens in some municipalities and prevents municipalities from adopting such protections in the future,Ē the...
  • Miserable Year for Banks: Stocks Suffer as Rates Stay Low

    04/12/2016 7:31:46 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10 April 2016 | Aaron Kuriloff, Riva Gold
    Financial shares are down sharply in 2016 even as broader markets have recovered; central-bank policies squeeze interest margins --- Bank stocks are having a terrible 2016, as central-bank policies, which for years lifted asset prices, are hurting the financial sector. The impact of economic stimulus efforts on lenders will get a fresh airing this week, as big U.S. banks begin reporting their earnings for the first quarter. Trading revenue is expected to have taken a hit, but the more enduring problem will be visible in the lendersí net interest margins, the basic measure of bank profitability that gets flattened by...
  • Austria Just Announced A 54% Haircut Of Senior Creditors In First "Bail In" Under New European Rules

    04/10/2016 10:43:07 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 13 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | April 10, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    --snip-- This was the first official proposed "Bail-In" of creditors, one that took place before similar ad hoc balance sheet restructuring would take place in Greece and Portugal in the coming months. Or rather, it wasn't a fully executed "Bail-In" for the reason that creditors fought it tooth and nail. And then today, following a decision by the Austrian Banking Regulator, the Finanzmarktaufsicht or Financial Market Authority, Austria officially became the first European country to use a new law under the framework imposed by Bank the European Recovery and Resolution Directive to share losses of a failed bank with senior...
  • Panama Law Firmís Leaked Files Detail Offshore Accounts Tied to World Leaders

    04/04/2016 9:45:35 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03 March 2016 | Mmichael S. Schmidt, Steven Lee Myers
    A group of news media outlets published articles on Sunday based on what they said were 11.5 million leaked documents from a Panama law firm that helped some of the worldís wealthiest people ó including politicians, athletes and business moguls ó establish offshore bank accounts. The German newspaper SŁddeutsche Zeitung said its reporters had obtained the documents from a confidential source. The newspaper then shared the files with other media organizations, like The Guardian and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. In an article, the investigative journalism organization said the documents revealed the offshore accounts of 140 politicians and public...
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch is firing traders worldwide

    03/08/2016 8:43:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/08/2016 | Matt Turner
    Bank of America Merrill Lynch is cutting jobs in its global banking and markets business on Tuesday. The job cuts have already taken place in Asia, and they are working their way across time zones to Europe and now the US, according to people familiar with the matter. Arnaud Droitcourt, head of equity trading in Asia Pacific, and Robert Grillo, head of fixed income e-sales, are among those to have left, according to Bloomberg. A spokesman for Bank of America declined to comment. Business Insider reported last month that the bank had asked senior executives some weeks ago to draw...
  • TD Waterhouse... Brokerage is broken.

    02/29/2016 12:25:40 PM PST · by jerod · 15 replies
    They must be having severe tech issues.... Can't even access my account.
  • Helicopter drops might not be far away

    02/24/2016 6:57:30 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    FT.com ^ | 2-23-2016 | Martin Wolf
    <p>The austerity obsession, even when borrowing costs are so low, is lunatic.</p> <p>If the fiscal authorities are unwilling to behave so sensibly -- and the signs, alas, are that they are not -- central banks are the only players. They could be given the power to send money, ideally in electronic form, to every adult citizen. Would this add to demand? Absolutely. Under existing monetary arrangements, it would also generate a permanent rise in the reserves of commercial banks at the central bank. The easy way to contain any long-term monetary effects would be to raise reserve requirements. These could then become a desirable feature of our unstable banking systems.</p>
  • J.P. Morgan‚Äôs exposure to oil, gas debt has Wall Street jittery

    02/24/2016 6:09:07 PM PST · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 23 February 2016 | Mark DeCambre
    J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is focused on building a so-called fortress balance sheet at his behemoth bank. To that end, he said the bank JPM, +0.04% has added around $500 million to its reserves against loans losses in the oil-and-gas sector in the first quarter of 2016. The move comes as crude-oil prices have fallen about 12% so far this year and have plunged 34% over the past 12 months, putting the finances of energy companies under pressure. Offering details about its balance sheet at an event for investors in New York on Tuesday, the sprawling bank said...
  • Big banks brace for oil loans to implode

    02/24/2016 6:13:37 PM PST · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | 18 February 2016 | Matt Egan
    Big banks are cringing as crude oil is crumbling. Firms on Wall Street helped bankroll America's energy boom, financing very expensive drilling projects that ended up flooding the world with oil. Now that the oil glut has caused prices to crash below $30 a barrel, turmoil is rippling through the energy industry and souring many of those loans. Dozens of oil companies have gone bankrupt and the ones that haven't are feeling enough financial stress to slash spending and cut tens of thousands of jobs. Three of America's biggest banks warned last week that oil prices will continue to create...
  • The World's Biggest Banks May Very Well Grow Even Larger

    02/23/2016 7:11:16 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Fortune ^ | February 23, 2016 | Eleanor Bloxham
    Ever since the financial crisis, many outside the wealthy elite (sometimes referred to as populists) have argued that the largest banks are too big and too risky. Minneapolis Federal Reserve president Neel Kashkari recently echoed those beliefs.Yet if a new Federal Reserve proposal goes through, Wells Fargo and other large banks might get even bigger and riskier, adding billions to their balance sheets that could increase the banks’ risk profiles.The Federal Reserve says the proposal, which specifies the amount and kind of debt that systemically important large banks must hold, could help make sure that those banks can be wound...
  • Chinese banks freeze N.Korean accounts- S.Korean media report

    02/21/2016 10:35:13 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 13 replies
    SEOUL, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Chinese banks including a branch of China's biggest bank Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have frozen accounts belonging to North Koreans, a South Korean newspaper reported on Monday. Citing phone conversations with an unnamed employee of ICBC's office in the northeastern Chinese border city of Dandong, the Dong-A Ilbo reported that since late December it had suspended all deposits and transfers of foreign currencies in and out of accounts with North Korean names. "(The bank) had never told me why it was taking such measures, but it seems that they are related with...
  • Bernie's Feckless Attacks on Wall Street

    02/21/2016 7:46:26 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | Bruce Bialosky
    Bernie Sanders, everyone's favorite socialist running for the American Presidency, has been exciting his urchins by telling them how the big, bad wolves of Wall Street are stealing their breakfast, lunch and dinner. The other night he stated "The business model of Wall Street is a fraud." Many people think Sanders is just a cute old Grandpa type. But since he just slandered everyone in the financial and banking business in America, I thought it might be a fine time to defend them and dispute the spurious statements he is making. I don't doubt that Sanders believes what he says....
  • Central Banking Goes Negative

    02/18/2016 8:40:29 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 3 replies
    Project Syndicate ^ | 18 Feb, 2016 | STEPHEN S. ROACH
    NEW HAVEN - In what could well be a final act of desperation, central banks are abdicating effective control of the economies they have been entrusted to manage. First came zero interest rates, then quantitative easing, and now negative interest rates - one futile attempt begetting another. Just as the first two gambits failed to gain meaningful economic traction in chronically weak recoveries, the shift to negative rates will only compound the risks of financial instability and set the stage for the next crisis. The adoption of negative interest rates - initially launched in Europe in 2014 and now embraced...
  • It‚Äôs time to kill the $100 bill

    02/16/2016 11:00:17 AM PST · by TroutStalker · 80 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2016 | Lawrence H. Summers
    Harvard's Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government, which I am privileged to direct, has just issued an important paper by senior fellow Peter Sands and a group of student collaborators. The paper makes a compelling case for stopping the issuance of high denomination notes like the 500 euro note and $100 bill or even withdrawing them from circulation. I remember that when the euro was being designed in the late 1990s, I argued with my European G7 colleagues that skirmishing over seigniorage by issuing a 500 euro note was highly irresponsible and mostly would be a boon to corruption...
  • This is How Financial Chaos Begins

    02/14/2016 8:13:53 AM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Wolf Street ^ | 12 February 2016 | Wolf Richter
    It‚Äôs not contained. There are over $1.8 trillion of US junk bonds outstanding. It‚Äôs the lifeblood of over-indebted corporate America. When yields began to soar over a year ago, and liquidity began to dry up at the bottom of the scale, it was ‚Äúcontained.‚ÄĚ Yet contagion has spread from energy, metals, and mining to other industries and up the scale. According to UBS, about $1 trillion of these junk bonds are now ‚Äústressed‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúdistressed.‚ÄĚ And the entire corporate bond market, which is far larger than the stock market, is getting antsy. The average yield of CCC or lower-rated junk...
  • Swedish Bank Move Creates a Global Shudder

    02/14/2016 8:55:16 AM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11 February 2016 | Landon Thomas Jr
    What if the bazooka is shooting blanks? Since the financial crisis, it has been gospel for many investors that some combination of actions by central banks ‚ÄĒ bond buying, bold promises or flirtations with negative interest rates ‚ÄĒ would be enough to keep the global economy out of recession. But investors‚Äô distress over the latest volley by a major central bank, the surprise decision on Thursday by the Swedish central bank to lower its short-term rate to minus 0.50 percent from minus 0.35 percent, has heightened fears that brazen actions by central bankers are now making things worse, not better....
  • Deutsche Bank CoCo Holders Learn What Regulators Meant by Risk

    02/14/2016 9:00:32 AM PST · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    Swiss Info ^ | 11 February 2016
    When European regulators created a new type of bank debt, the idea was to transfer risk from taxpayers to investors. Now bondholders are learning what that really means. Yield-starved investors bought $102 billion of the contingent convertible bonds, securities created to help troubled banks hang onto cash in times of stress by skipping coupon payments without defaulting and converting the debt to equity or writing it down. Even though neither of those has yet happened, investors are already feeling the pain, as yields on Deutsche Bank AG’s 4.6 billion euros of CoCos have soared and its shares have plummeted. “CoCos...
  • Deutsche Bank: Crystallizing Europe's TBTF Problems

    02/14/2016 9:12:54 AM PST · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 13 February 2016 | Constantin Gurdgiev
    This week was quite a tumultuous one for banks, and especially Europe's champion of the 'best in class' TBTF institutions, Deutsche Bank (NYSE:DB). Here's what happened in a nutshell. Deutsche's 6 percent perpetual bonds, CoCos (more on this below), with expected maturity in 2022, used to yield around 7 percent back in January. Having announced massive losses for fiscal year 2015 (first time full year losses were posted by the DB since 2008), Deutsche was under pressure in the equity markets. Rather gradual sell-off of shares in the bank from the start of 2015 was slowly, but noticeably eroding bank's...
  • Franco-German Central Bankers Call for Creation of Eurozone Treasury

    02/14/2016 12:24:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1:30PM GMT 08 Feb 2016 | Mehreen Khan
    Two of Europe's most powerful central bankers have called on the eurozone to form its own treasury and push forward with a quantum leap in integration to secure the single currency's future. Germany's Jens Weidmann and France's newly-appointed Francois Villeroy de Galhau urged member states to move towards a "comprehensive sharing of sovereignty" which would include a common 19-member treasury and an "independent fiscal council" with a eurozone parliament. [...] Their comments are a rare sign of unity from the EU's most powerful founding member states, which have often diverged on their visions for the future of the eurozone. Germany...
  • Will crash of 2016 be worse than 2008? Interview with Charles Ortel

    02/13/2016 7:15:33 AM PST · by Randall_S · 19 replies
    USA Transnational Report ^ | February 13, 2016 | USA Transnational Report
    Will the crash of 2016 be worse than 2008? Central banks have failed to solve the crisis, and instead have taken on more debt than any time in history. At the same time, western institutions are welcoming in Islamic money. Does this mean Sharia-compliant finance? Listen here: http://usatransnationalreport.org/2016/02/13/usa-transnational-report-february-13-2016-guest-charles-ortel/ While European banks, such as Deutsche Bank, falter, what does this mean for the U.S. economy? And what does the future look like? Charles Ortel is an investor and writer interested in economics, geo-politics, history, travel and just, lasting peace. He has done extensive research on the fraudulent activities of the Clinton...
  • Interest costs will make up entire deficit in five years, White House projects

    02/09/2016 10:16:20 AM PST · by aimhigh · 42 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 02/09/2016 | Greg Robb
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  • "I Don't Trust Deutsche Bank" David Stockman Unleashes Truth Bomb

    02/09/2016 4:33:25 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 14 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9 Feb 16 | Tyler Durden
    "I Don't Trust Deutsche Bank" David Stockman Unleashes Truth Bomb: "When The Crunch Comes, Bank CEOs Lie" Following this morning's proclamation by Deutsche Bank co-CEO John Cryan that Germany's largest bank is "rock solid," David Stockman exposed the ugly truth that everyone appears to have forgotten from just 7 years ago... "in my experience is that when the crunch comes, bank CEOs lie" Stockman details the Morgan Stanley, BofA, Lehman, and Bear Stearns bullshit that occurred before exclaiming... "I don't trust Deutsche Bank. I don't trust what they're saying. And there's reason why the banks are being sold all across...
  • Citi: World economy trapped in ‚Äėdeath spiral‚Äô

    02/05/2016 8:50:37 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 39 replies
    CNBC ^ | 02/05/16 | Katy Barnato
    The global economy seems trapped in a "death spiral" that could lead to further weakness in oil prices, recession and a serious equity bear market, Citi strategists have warned. Some analysts -- including those at Citi -- have turned bearish on the world economy this year, following an equity rout in January and weaker economic data out of China and the U.S. "The world appears to be trapped in a circular reference death spiral," Citi strategists led by Jonathan Stubbs said in a report on Thursday. "Stronger U.S. dollar, weaker oil/commodity prices, weaker world trade/petrodollar liquidity, weaker EM (and global...
  • Hold on Ex-Im nomination keeps cronyism crimped

    02/09/2016 4:29:56 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 9, 2015 | Diane Katz
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