Economy

HSBC to axe 50,000 jobs

HSBC jobs

Just days after JPMorgan revealed it would fire another 5,000 by the end of the year in a “scalpel” headcount reduction, overnight the world’s favorite drug money laundering bank HSBC unleashed the “machete” and announced it would cut almost 50,000 workers, or one in five bankers, a move which would shrink the …

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Texas wants its gold back from the Federal Reserve

Texas flag gold

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group In the past few years, we’ve seen a groundswell of nations demanding their gold back from the New York Federal Reserve. Already, that list includes Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Belgium and Venezuela. Now another place is joining the list, but it isn’t a country: It’s …

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Deutsche Bank headquarters raided by police in tax fraud probe

Deutsche Bank tax fraud probe Franfurt

German prosecutors raided Deutsche Bank AG’s Frankfurt headquarters Tuesday morning in connection with a criminal tax-fraud probe, according to officials and other people familiar with the matter. The raid came two days after the bank said its co-chief executives would resign but the timing appeared to be unrelated to the management change, people familiar …

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Deutsche Bank CEOs resign following Libor manipulation scandal

Juergen Fitschen Anshu Jain, co-CEOs of Deutsche Bank

The two joint chief executives of Deutsche Bank are to step down, in an unexpected move that comes shortly after the investment bank was fined for its role in Libor manipulation and criticised for its conduct. After an unscheduled meeting held by the bank’s supervisory board on Sunday, the German lender said …

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Fed Vice Chair says bankers should be punished for financial crimes

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer

Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said bankers who have engaged in wrongdoing should be punished, and he chided the industry for pushing back against financial regulations adopted to prevent another conflagration. “Individuals should be punished for any misconduct they personally engaged in,” Fischer said in a speech to bankers …

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Government is preparing to seize 401(k) retirement plans

Supreme Court

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group In what may soon prove to be a landmark case, last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employers have a duty to protect their employees from mutual fund companies whose fund options for 401(k)’s underperform or charge unnecessarily high fees. The case, Tibble vs …

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Bankers plan secret London meeting to ‘end cash’

War on cash fire

Economist Martin Armstrong claims there is a “secret meeting to end cash” set to take place in London before the end of the month involving representatives from the ECB and the Federal Reserve. Armstrong, who is known for successfully predicting the 1987 Black Monday crash as well as the 1998 …

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UBS given immunity in precious metals manipulation probe

UBS precious metals manipulation

UBS Group AG won immunity from criminal fraud charges in a Justice Department investigation into misconduct in the trading of precious metals. The Swiss bank’s main UBS AG unit won’t be charged by the department’s criminal division for information the firm disclosed to prosecutors about precious-metals transactions, according to the …

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Germany joins China and Russia’s flight to gold

Gold bars

From Filip Karinja, for Birch Gold Group Germans are now rushing into gold. In search of a safe haven from a possible Greek debt default and the ultra-loose monetary policy of the European Central Bank (ECB) that makes even Ben Bernanke look fiscally conservative, Germans have significantly picked up their purchasing since …

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Six banks fined $5.8 billion for market rigging

Citi JPMorgan Barclays RBS UBS

Editor’s note: these banks made billions more from their crimes, let alone received billions of $ in bailouts which the tax payers funded. So will we receive this money? Will any of these bankers ever go to jail for their crimes? If you or I committed the crimes that these bankers are guilty of we would …

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