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  • America’s Lessons in Killing Off Toxic Banks Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 | 1:48 AM ET

    FDIC officials have handled so many sick American banks in recent years, they have developed a slick drill: if a bank is deemed bust, FDIC “shock troops” will arrive, typically on Friday night, seize control, reassure staff and depositors – before either closing the banks or selling it on. The FT reports.

  • Europe’s Banks Face Tougher Demands Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 3:19 AM ET

    The head of Europe’s top banking regulator has raised the bar for lenders’ capital requirements, insisting that the 9 percent capital ratio they had to hit as a “temporary buffer” by June is to become permanent, the Financial Times reports.

  • Pipelines Bypassing Hormuz Route Open Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 1:44 AM ET
    This satellite image shows the Strait of Hormuz, between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The Strait of Hormuz runs between Iran and United Arab Emirates.

    Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have opened new pipelines bypassing the Strait of Hormuz, the shipping lane that Iran has repeatedly threatened to close, in a move that will reduce Tehran’s power over oil markets, the Financial Times reports.

  • Commodity Falls Spark Investor Rethink Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 2:40 AM ET
    Fracking

    Prices of commodities from oil to copper have fallen sharply. Money is flowing out of the sector and some investors are questioning the so-called commodities ‘supercycle’ – the mantra that prices will rise and rise, underpinned by Chinese growth, the Financial Times reports.

  • Dash for Cash That Heralds Painful Freeze Friday, 13 Jul 2012 | 2:15 AM ET

    In normal circumstances, the antics of America’s corporate treasurers should not worry Washington politicians. After all, corporate treasurers are like the supply chain managers of the financial world: decent, unassuming people, who prefer to stay out of the limelight, performing the crucial-but-dull role of handling company finances, the Financial Times reports.

  • China’s Corporate Bond Market Booms Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 9:29 PM ET

    China’s economy is slowing, profits are falling and its stock market is drifting down, but its corporate bond market is moving in the exact opposite direction: it is booming, the FT reports.

  • Asians Are World's Biggest Risk Takers Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 8:02 PM ET
    An investor smiles at a stock exchange hall on August 10, 2011 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China.

    A survey by Nielsen shows Asian consumers are more likely to stay invested during this period of volatile markets. What’s more — they are also more likely to put their cash in high-risk assets than their peers in Europe and the U.S.

  • Are You Upwardly Mobile? Probably Not Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 2:45 PM ET

    The majority of Americans have higher incomes than their parents, but it is still not enough to move most of them into a higher bracket — especially those at the bottom, USA Today reports.

  • FBI Investigates Peregrine Financial Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 12:18 PM ET
    Russell Wasendorf Sr.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed it was involved in investigating the circumstances surrounding a $200 million shortfall in customer accounts discovered at a Chicago-based futures broker, FT reports.

  • A Crumb of Comfort for Investors Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 11:43 PM ET
    Emerging Markets Globe

    This year, investors have been gobbling up US treasuries in a desperate effort to search for safety. But would they have done better to grab Australian sovereign debt or Singaporean bank bonds, as a shield against political incompetence in a fractious world?

  • McDonald’s Sponsorship of Olympics Queried Monday, 9 Jul 2012 | 2:23 AM ET
    Today, McDonald's Corporation marked the beginning of its 50th anniversary celebration by introducing its 50th anniversary restaurant design at an event at the "Rock 'n' Roll McDonald's" in downtown Chicago. This rendering of McDonald's one-of-a-kind futuristic restaurant design which will be built on its Chicago flagship site at 600 N. Clark Street is expected to open in April 2005. McDonald's founder Ray Kroc opened his first restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois, on April 15, 1955. (PRNewsfoot)

    Top Olympics officials questioned whether it was appropriate to allow fast-food chain McDonald’s to continue sponsoring the games amid mounting concern about the global obesity crisis, the International Olympic Committee president has admitted, the Financial Times reports.

  • Catch The Twitter Buzz on Friday's Jobs Number Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 12:54 PM ET

    The U.S. economy created just 80,000 jobs in June and the unemployment rate held steady at 8.2 percent, reflecting continued slow growth in the economy with the presidential election just four months away.

  • RBS Withdraws From Tibor Panel Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 3:53 AM ET
    The Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters

    Royal Bank of Scotland has pulled out of the panels that set Tibor, Japan’s version of Libor, amid a global probe into alleged manipulation of interbank lending rates by traders at investment banks, the Financial Times reports.

  • Usmanov Launches Attack on Arsenal Board Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 2:20 AM ET

    Arsenal’s second-biggest shareholder has attacked the English Premier League football club’s management after its star player decided not to renew his contract when it runs out at the end of the 2012-13 season, the Financial Times reports.

  • Greece Drops Demand to Ease Bailout Terms Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 2:01 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    Greece’s new government has dropped a plan to seek softer terms for its second bailout following warnings that it would be rejected by international lenders, the Financial Times reports.

  • Barclays’ US Deal Rewrites Libor Process Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 1:45 AM ET
    Bob Diamond

    Barclays’ settlement with US regulators over the rigging of Libor is likely to have far-reaching implications for how benchmark interest rates are set in the future, the Financial Times reports.

  • Death Cross

    Gillian Tett of the Financial Times says markets may be headed for another "summer curse" and she points to five reasons why.

  • Once the symbol of corporate power, skyscraper have become the default setting for luxury living, allowing developers to spread their risk around both office and residential markets.

  • Unanswered Questions on Barclays Remain Thursday, 5 Jul 2012 | 8:44 AM ET

    It lasted more than three hours. But despite speaking fluently for most of that time, Bob Diamond’s interrogation by MPs on Wednesday left unanswered many of the questions surrounding Barclays, the bank from which he resigned as chief executive on Tuesday. The FT reports.

  • A Step At Last in the Right Direction Wednesday, 4 Jul 2012 | 3:40 AM ET
    European Union Flag

    I was in Ischia, off the coast of Naples, during the latest eurozone summit. Many of the Italians present during the award of this year’s Ischia prizes for journalism thought that Italy had won two victories over Germany: in football, at the European championships, and in economics, at the European summit, the Financial Times reports.