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  • Swedbank Posts Loss Because of Baltic Exposure Thursday, 23 Apr 2009 | 4:27 AM ET

    Swedish bank Swedbank reported Thursday a first-quarter net loss, disappointing analysts' expectations for a profit, due to large provisions for loan losses in its hard-hit Baltic operations.

  • Can the East Really Sink the European Union@f1 Friday, 10 Apr 2009 | 1:33 AM ET

    The once-booming CEE is stealing the limelight again but this time for less palatable reasons. As one analyst put it, "Eastern Europe's problem is a greater weight on the Western European nations than the subprime is in the United States."

  • Banks' Toxic Debts Could Hit $4 Trillion: Report Tuesday, 7 Apr 2009 | 3:58 AM ET
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    Toxic debts racked up by banks and insurers could spiral to $4 trillion, new forecasts from the International Monetary Fund are set to suggest, British daily The Times reported on its website without citing sources.

  • Hostage, Businessman

    When negotiations over the revamping of Caterpillar’s operations in the French city of Grenoble broke down this week, the workers did what more and more of their countrymen are doing these days: They took their bosses hostage.

  • Soros: Dollar Will Remain Reserve Currency Friday, 3 Apr 2009 | 4:38 AM ET

    The US dollar will remain the world's reserve currency for a while and it is probable that the world economy will start growing next year, with China, Brazil and India among the first to bounce back, billionaire investor and currencies expert George Soros told CNBC.

  • Baccardax: G20 Needs to Keep it Real Wednesday, 1 Apr 2009 | 10:12 AM ET

    Why should we pay attention to four-and-a-half hours of debate followed by highly choreographed photo ops and a communiqué that most of us could have cobbled together on the back of a swanky hotel envelope?

  • Norway Has World's Best Currency: Strategist Wednesday, 25 Mar 2009 | 9:27 AM ET

    The Norwegian kroner is "the best currency in the world" and certainly preferable to the US dollar, UK pound and other currencies where governments are practicing quantitative easing, David Bloom, global head of foreign exchange at HSBC, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Baccardax: The (US)A — to — Z(EW) of Recovery Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | 9:27 AM ET

    Call it what you will: an act of rebellion; blind myopia; a cry for help … but I'm actually starting to believe in the global recovery story.

  • Treasurys Are 'Disaster Waiting to Happen': Dr. Doom Tuesday, 17 Mar 2009 | 5:49 AM ET

    The Federal Reserve has no option but to start buying Treasurys as the government's needs for financing are huge, but the government bond market is a disaster in the making, Marc Faber, editor and publisher of The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report, told CNBC.

  • Big European Banks Benefit from AIG Bailout Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 6:52 AM ET

    With AIG set to pay $165 million in bonuses to workers at the unit that nearly brought it down, the list of the insurer's counterparties shows that big European banks were among the top beneficiaries of the taxpayer-financed bailout.

  • AIG Counterparties — Full List Monday, 16 Mar 2009 | 4:39 AM ET

    AIG, the insurance giant that received taxpayer-funded bailouts worth $173 billion and sparked a political storm with its plans to pay $165 million in bonuses, revealed the list of its counterparties.

  • I'm Short Stocks, Buying Dollars: Hugh Hendry Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 9:44 AM ET

    The stock market is still an unsafe place for investors as quantitative easing, by which central banks boost the supply of money attempting to kick-start economies, is unlikely to work, Hugh Hendry, Chief Investment Officer at Eclectica, told CNBC.

  • Baccardax: Viewers Sound Off on On-Air Spat Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 9:07 AM ET

    We might have strayed a bit from the rulebook on a good dinner party this morning as we sat back and watched hedge fund manager Hugh Hendry of Eclectica lock horns with Liam Halligan, the chief economist at Prosperity Capital and maverick columnist for the UK’s Telegraph newspaper.

  • Baccardax: The Real Nationalized Banks Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | 9:36 AM ET

    Acres of forest have gone to the blade while the mainstream media has debated the issue of bank nationalization, but few if any seem to be prepared to address what seems obvious: the most important banks are already under government control.

  • US, Europe Banks Get Cash From AIG Rescue: Report Sunday, 8 Mar 2009 | 9:19 AM ET
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    At least two dozen US and European banks benefited from the rescue of AIG, with about $50 billion paid out to them since the Fed first gave aid to the insurance giant, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • Data on Banks' Exposure to E. Europe 'Inaccurate': Erste Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 12:07 PM ET

    The figure of $1.3 trillion for the exposure of Western banks to the Central and Eastern European region reported by the Bank for International Settlements is too high, Andreas Treichl, CEO of Erste Bank, one of the biggest banks operating in CEE, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Baccardax: Stocks Are the Only 'True' Market Tuesday, 3 Mar 2009 | 9:30 AM ET

    The unpalatable truth is that equity markets seem the purest measure of investor confidence, corporate health and economic prediction.

  • Is this the Year of the Recessionista? Tuesday, 24 Feb 2009 | 4:20 AM ET

    The current global slowdown is hitting those in every economic category, as even the very wealthy rein in spending.

  • Baccardax: Here's How to Fix this Mess Monday, 23 Feb 2009 | 9:14 AM ET

    The most obvious pothole on the road to reparation is mark-to-market valuation; and it remains a mystery to me as to why this less than two-year old accounting rule remains the most ignored portion of debate.

  • Drink It in; Swiss Wine Fund Returns 20% Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 | 9:51 AM ET

    Financial turmoil may drive investors to drink but this could be a boon for some of them.