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    Directors often dole out personal safety perks to ease a chief executive’s tax bill. By classifying the benefits as security measures, the executives typically get a better tax treatment on the services.  It’s a common corporate tax trick. The New York Times reports.

  • As we approach the latest projected doomsday (Dec. 21, 2012) the end of the world is getting to be quite popular. Google “doomsday” and you will find a lot of websites with black backgrounds and urgent red lettering.  Emergency bunker sales are up, according to the claims on these sites. Then there are the new reality TV shows, “Doomsday Preppers” and “Doomsday Bunkers.” All beg the question, where would you go to “bug out”? A mountaintop, inside a mountain, underground, in a fortress, or is the

    The end of the world is getting to be quite popular. Where would you go to "bug out?" Check out some stylish and genteel ways to hide from to possible future widespread problems.

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    When Lehman Brothers collapsed at the height of the financial crisis, JPMorgan Chase was at the center of the storm. The bank was a major lender to the firm, which filed the biggest bankruptcy in United States history. The NYT reports.

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    Mitt Romney sought to use the coveted endorsement of Jeb Bush on Wednesday to amplify his call for Republicans to rally behind his candidacy and get on with the mission of ousting President Obama. The NYT reports.

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    Swiss services group DKSH said demand for its IPO was "exceptionally high" as it priced its public offering at 48 Swiss francs ($52.6) a share - the uppermost point of its previously guided 46-48 francs share price range.

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    Banks will face stiff penalties and intense public scrutiny if they fail to live up to the standards of a $25 billion mortgage settlement with state and federal authorities, according to court documents filed as part of the deal Monday in federal court in Washington. The NYT reports.

  • Two women look at a jewelry display in a luxury shopping mall in Shanghai. Following in the footsteps of Japan, China has become the world's second-largest consumer of high-end fashion, accessories and luxury goods.

    As the world’s biggest watch a jewelry fair opens its doors to 100,000 visitors in the Swiss town of Basel on Thursday, chiefs from some of the most exclusive luxury brands told CNBC they were optimistic about 2012.

  • European Bank Note

    A lead adviser to Greece on its debt deal,  Mitu Gulati, argues that instead of repeated austerity-based bailouts, other European countries should cut a deal directly with their creditors to reduce their debt loads.

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    China's dollar reserves drop, and U.S. economic data awaits - it's time for your FX Fix.

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    Premium Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli on Thursday warned that commodity markets remain volatile and that consumer sentiment is hit by the prospects of a worsening employment market.

  • The Brookings Institution recently issued a report the compared per-capita gross domestic product and changes in employment data from 2010 to 2011 in 200 of the world’s largest metropolitan areas. The report found that these areas produced 48 percent of global output despite accounting for only 14 percent of the world’s population and employment.In other findings: Ninety percent of the fastest-growing economies were outside North America and western Europe; U.S. metropolitan areas outperformed t

    The Brookings Institution analyzed the financial data of the world’s largest metropolitan areas and uncovered some interesting findings. Check out which cities were the most productive.

  • Latest Libor Probe Developments

    As ten enforcement agencies throughout the globe have been investigating a possible Libor rates fixing scandal for up to eighteen months, what regulators were looking for "doesn't seem to be what they are now encountering in terms of potential abuse," Megan Murphy, investment banking correspondent for the Financial Times, told CNBC.

  • UBS

    UBS has suspended some of its most senior traders in connection with an international probe into the possible manipulation of interbank borrowing rates, in the latest controversy to hit the Swiss bank since the financial crisis, the Financial Times reports.

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    Unlike Greece, Portugal is a debtor nation that has done everything that the European Union and the International Monetary Fund have asked it to, in exchange for the 78 billion euro (about $103 billion) bailout Lisbon received last May. The NYT reports.

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    Reports that Brazil might follow India in purchasing the Rafale jetfighter from French plane maker Dassault Aviation will not only benefit to Dassault, but will also help electronics group Thales, Francois Mallet, managing director head of equity at Kepler Capital Markets said on Monday.

  • European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank's rescue of the region's banks by showering them with cheap loans could be creating the conditions for another financial crisis several years from now. The New York Times reports.

  • Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against plans for new austerity measures on October 19, 2011 in Athens, Greece.

    For all the struggles that Greece has gone through to satisfy its demanding lenders, Europe’s troubles are not going away, the New York Times reports.

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    Another batch of the riskiest mortgage-backed securities once owned by the American International Group are being auctioned off this week, according to two people familiar with the matter, a sale that would bring the insurance giant’s 2008 meltdown once step closer to a resolution.

  • Growth prospects for the merger between Glencore and Xstrata look healthy enough for shareholders to hold on to their stake, according to Jane Coffey, head of equities at Royal London Asset Management.

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    The Swiss Competition Commission said Friday it has launched an investigation into possible cartel behavior by a dozen banks including the country's two biggest institutions UBS and Credit Suisse.