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  • Ireland cleared to pay IMF loans early after Swedish vote Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 10:41 AM ET

    STOCKHOLM, Nov 19- The Swedish parliament on Wednesday said Ireland may pay back part of its bailout loans early to the International Monetary Fund, giving the final EU approval needed for Dublin to begin repayment. Ireland won agreement from Europe to pay the IMF before it repays aid from the European bailout funds and just needed the new Swedish government to...

  • *Athens wants to exit bailout one year ahead of time. ATHENS, Nov 18- Greece is locked in tough negotiations with its foreign lenders, with "nerves stretched" on both sides, the finance minister warned on Tuesday, raising the temperature as Athens tries to exit an unpopular bailout programme. Inspectors from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund...

  • G20 proposes buffer to end too big to fail banks Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    *New "bail in" bonds rule set for January 2019. LONDON, Nov 10- The world's biggest banks should hold a buffer of bonds in case of a collapse so that government bailouts are avoided, a global regulatory body proposed on Monday. The Financial Stability Board, made up of regulators from the Group of 20 economies, said global banks like Goldman Sachs and HSBC should have a...

  • Greek official: Markets are sending us a message Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 4:07 PM ET
    A visitor walks beneath a display at the Athens Stock Exchange, Oct. 15, 2014.

    Greece's minister of public order said a recent rise in Greek interest rates is a warning that the country can't undo reforms.

  • *Athens aims to exit euro zone bailout at end-2014. BRUSSELS, Nov 6- Euro zone finance ministers backed on Thursday a precautionary credit line for Greece after the country exits its bailout at the end of the year, in a bid to balance the need to reassure investors with the demands of domestic Greek politics. After two international bailouts totalling 240 billion...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 6- Euro zone finance ministers will consider three options on Thursday for what happens after Greece exits its bailout at the end of the year, seeking to balance the need to reassure investors with the demands of domestic Greek politics. After two international bailouts totalling 240 billion euros since 2010, when private investors refused to...

  • Nov 6- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac said on Thursday that they would pay dividends totaling $6.8 billion to the U.S. Treasury next month, pushing taxpayers further into the black on their bailout of the mortgage financiers. After the payments, the companies will have sent a combined $225.5 billion in dividends to the Treasury in return for the $187.5 billion in...

  • *Greece spells out post-bailout hopes. ATHENS, Nov 5- Greece expects an interim period of up to a year of limited EU/IMF supervision when it quits its bailout programme at the end of the year, without the current "micro-management" by lenders, the finance minister told Reuters on Wednesday. The comments by Gikas Hardouvelis in his office overlooking Syntagma...

  • DUBLIN/ LONDON, Nov 4- Ireland raised 3.75 billion euros in 15- year debt on Tuesday as it took advantage of low interest rates to start refinancing some of its bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund with cheaper market funding. Ireland sold the new debt via syndication at a record-low yield of 2.49 percent, a level unthinkable just three years ago,...

  • LONDON, Oct 23- Top managers of a failed bank would be replaced immediately and creditors told within two days the losses they will bear, the Bank of England said on Thursday in its blueprint for avoiding taxpayer bailouts in future financial crises. Had it been in place in 2008 when Royal Bank of Scotland failed, taxpayers would not have had to funnel 45 billion...

  • Samaras said Athens was talking with its lenders about what should happen if Greece succeeds in leaving its bailout programme by the end of December, a year ahead of schedule, as Greek officials hope. He sees one option as a credit line that Athens could tap post-bailout should it fall prey to future market turmoil. But the details of any such credit line have yet to...

  • *Greece ready to forego 12 bln euros remaining in IMF bailout. *Euro zone reluctant to remove IMF from supervising Greece. They also said Europeans were resisting a push by Athens to end borrowing from the IMF, which is unpopular in Greece and causing political problems.

  • *Bond market closing its doors to Greece, analysts say. Ten-year borrowing costs shot up by more 80 basis points to 7.85 percent, their highest since February, partly reflecting a lack of faith in Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' ability to ensure Greece can fund itself in the market. The Athens stock market plunged 6.8 percent to 884.06 and was on track for its...

  • Greek stocks sink, bond yield surge threatens bailout exit Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 11:40 AM ET

    *Bond market closing its doors to Greece, analysts say. Ten-year borrowing costs shot up by more 80 basis points to 7.85 percent, their highest since February, partly reflecting a lack of faith in Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' ability to ensure Greece can fund itself in the market. At this level the market is closed for Greece, "said Alessandro Giansanti, senior...

  • *Ireland to end tax regime that saved multinationals billions. DUBLIN, Oct 14- Ireland will phase out a tax loophole that multinationals use to save billions of dollars under sweeping changes to its corporate tax structure announced in Tuesday's budget, the first in seven years without new austerity measures. Ireland, which left a European Union/ IMF bailout...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- Greece has begun talks for ending International Monetary Fund aid to the country, but will continue to have routine post-bailout reviews by the Washington- based group, a Greek official said after talks with the IMF's chief on Sunday. The IMF is deeply unpopular in Greece for insisting on austerity cuts under Greece's 240 billion euro EU/IMF...

  • Bernanke defends AIG bailout in court Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 6:59 PM ET
    Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke.

    In court, former Fed Chair Ben Bernanke defended the government's bailout package for AIG, including an equity stake taken by the government.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 9- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke took the stand on Thursday to defend the U.S. government's bailout of American International Group in 2008, in a fourth day of testimony by former top government officials looking to convince a federal judge that the rescue of the insurance company was legal. Former AIG Chief Executive Hank...

  • Langone's view of AIG bailout     Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    Invemed Associates chairman and president Ken Langone, shares his opinions on the terms of AIG's government bailout.

  • CNBC's Mary Thompson reports former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's testimony suggests AIG had no other options at the time of its government bailout.