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  • Newly Obtained Report Details Libyan Investments Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 7:02 PM ET

    The anti-corruption group Global Witness says it has obtained a document that details for the first time the involvement of Western banks—including some in the U.S.—in financing the regime of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddhafi.

  • While governments have largely failed to lower debt and the consumer in many parts of the world remains highly leveraged, companies have been leading the way in repairing their balance sheets.

  • Growing Middle Class Fuels Brazil's Economy Thursday, 28 Apr 2011 | 11:39 AM ET
    Mall in Sao Paolo, Brazil

    There are 210 million registered cell phones in Brazil, 10 million more than the estimated population of the entire country, more proof to this traveler that Brazil is a country bursting at the seams.

  • Credit Card Swipe

    As a small business owner, you need a credit card company you can count on. You need a financial partner that will be in your corner, that will care about your needs and help you navigate the treacherous financial landscape. However, not all credit card companies are created equal.

  • Barclays Braces for Revolt Over Executive Pay Wednesday, 27 Apr 2011 | 7:30 AM ET
    Barclays

    The bank could face a shareholder revolt over executive pay later Wednesday; it was warned it will be under scrutiny "for the foreseeable future".

  • Probe Launched Into Prudential’s Failed AIA Bid Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 11:22 PM ET

    An investigation is under way into the handling of Prudential’s $35 billion aborted bid for Asian life assurer AIA, according to people familiar with the matter. The FT reports.

  • New HSBC Chief Plans Radical Shake-Up Wednesday, 20 Apr 2011 | 7:27 PM ET
    HSBC

    HSBC’s new chief executive is preparing a radical shake-up of the normally staid bank, slashing costs and reallocating capital in an effort to boost profitability and also resuscitate its flagging U.S. operation. The FT reports.

  • How EU Rules Could Scupper UK Banking Reforms Monday, 18 Apr 2011 | 2:11 AM ET

    European Union "passporting" rules allow banks from across the EU to operate in each other’s markets as "branches," subject to regulations in their home country rather than full-blown subsidiaries that would have to play by UK rules. The FT reports.

  • Yoshikami: Stop Being Pessimistic about China Friday, 15 Apr 2011 | 11:31 AM ET

    China's growth remained strong in the first quarter of this year defying market concerns about a slowdown in domestic demand. Meanwhile, inflation undoubtedly continues to be the major concern leading to fears that measures to tame inflation may not be working.

  • An estimated half million Americans have a painful decision to make between today and August 31 — admit to the IRS that they’ve been hiding secret offshore bank accounts, or take their chances the government won’t find out about their secret horde and possibly send them to jail.

  • Federal Regulators Hit Banks on Mortgage Practices Wednesday, 13 Apr 2011 | 1:12 PM ET

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, the Federal Reserve and the Office of Thrift Supervision released enforcement action against fourteen major bank/servicers in the form of consent orders.

  • UK Banks Brace for Shake-up to Shield Taxpayers Sunday, 10 Apr 2011 | 11:50 PM ET
    The Royal Bank of Scotland Headquarters

    Britain's top banks are set to need more capital and ring-fence retail banking to shield taxpayers from another crisis in the most radical industry shake-up for decades, which may prompt some banks to leave.

  • Budget deal accepted, NYSE bid rejected and British banks relocated? Here's what we're watching…

  • Madoff Points Finger Of Blame At Banks Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 4:25 PM ET
    Bernie Madoff

    In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Bernie Madoff explained how—and why—he defrauded his investors out of billions of dollars. His account certainly sounds credible—but one doesn't perpetrate the largest Ponzi scheme in recorded history without the capacity to make dubious information sound legitimate.

  • Madoff Seeks to Spread Blame for Fraud Friday, 8 Apr 2011 | 1:56 AM ET
    Bernie Madoff

    Bernard Madoff has sought to spread blame for his $65 billion Ponzi scheme to banks, regulators and some of his oldest business associates in a rambling jailhouse interview with the Financial Times.

  • Your First Move For Friday April 8th Thursday, 7 Apr 2011 | 6:19 PM ET

    Here's our Fast Money Final Trade. Our gang gives you tomorrow's best trades, right now!

  • The Department of Justice said Thursday that it is seeking an order from a federal court in San Francisco to authorize the IRS to ask for information from the global bank HSBC about Americans who may be hiding money in offshore accounts in India to dodge taxes.

  • Bank Panel Report Set to Cheer Investors Friday, 1 Apr 2011 | 3:18 AM ET
    A woman leaves a branch of Barclays Bank in central London, Monday, April 23, 2007. ABN Amro NV and Barclays PLC announced Monday they have agreed to merge, in the largest cross-border combination in European banking history. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Sir John Vickers’ Independent Commission on Banking is to recommend the creation of separately capitalized UK retail banking operations, ringfenced within big bank holding companies, according to three people familiar with the process.

  • For the Big Banks, Is London Closed for Business? Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 5:25 AM ET

    Like more than 90 percent of the population, I won't be changing my bank however rude they are to me on a Saturday morning. The work it would entail for the pay-off is too small. Bob Diamond, Stuart Gulliver and Peter Sands, on the other hand, may find they can get more out of changing countries.

  • Low Growth, High Inflation: Marriage Made in Hell Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 5:07 AM ET
    HSBC

    HSBC is cutting growth targets and raising inflation forecasts following dramatic rises in commodity prices that threaten the global recovery.

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