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US and UK conducting war games for banking collapse

Money currency

Regulators from the United States and the United Kingdom will get together in a war room next week to see if they can cope with any possible fall-out when the next big bank topples over, the two countries said on Friday. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, on Monday will run a joint ... Read More »

BRICS establish $100bn bank and currency reserves

BRICS nations

The group of emerging economies signed the long-anticipated document to create the $100 bn BRICS Development Bank and a reserve currency pool worth over another $100 bn. Both will counter the influence of Western-based lending institutions and the dollar. The new bank will provide money for infrastructure and development projects in BRICS countries, and unlike the IMF or World Bank, ... Read More »

Spain to tax bank deposits

Bank robbing depositors

Spain on Friday said it would introduce a blanket taxation rate of 0.03 percent on all bank account deposits, in a move aimed at harmonising regional tax regimes and generating revenues for the country’s cash-strapped autonomous communities. The regulation, which could bring around 400 million euros ($546 million) to the state coffers based on total deposits worth 1.4 trillion euros, ... Read More »

French bank to pay $8.8 billion for violating US sanctions

BNP Paribas

French banking giant BNP Paribas has agreed to plead guilty to two criminal charges of violating US sanctions, and will pay a record-breaking $8.8 billion settlement. Prosecutors allege BNP conducted “long-term, multi-jurisdictional conspiracy.” A lawyer representing the bank appeared in New York state court on Monday to answer for both charges, reports Reuters. The settlement represents the largest criminal penalty in US ... Read More »

European Central Bank cuts interest rate to below zero

ECB

The European Central Bank lowered its deposit rate to -0.10% as the continent battles deflation after many failed monetary policy attempts. The bank said more extraordinary tools can can be used to prevent the derailment of economic recovery. The European Central Bank (ECB) cut its main refinancing rate to 0.15 percent from 0.25 percent, and the deposit rate from zero to -.10 ... Read More »

David Cameron: Taxes will rise unless we can raid bank accounts

David Cameron

Taxes will have to rise unless officials are given new powers to raid people’s bank accounts, David Cameron has said. The Treasury select committee warned that allowing HM Revenue and Customs to remove cash from bank accounts without court orders is “very concerning” because of its history of mistakes. The committee said that taxpayers could suffer “serious detriment” if officials ... Read More »

How 37 banks became 4

37 to 4 bank chart

If you were wondering how banks got “too big to fail,” here’s a good place to start. This chart shows us how, over the last couple of decades, 37 banks have became just 4 mega-banks. These same 4 mega-banks have, thus far, been immune to the consequences of any and all of their terrible decisions that places the entire world economy in jeopardy. ... Read More »

CEO of Liechtenstein Bank Frick murdered in broad daylight

Liechtenstein Bank Frick

Over the weekend the world was gripped by the drama surrounding the mysterious murder-homicide of the former CEO of Dutch bank ABN Amro and members of his family, and whether there is more foul play than meets the eye. However, that is nothing compared to what just happened in the tiny, and all too quiet Principality of Lichtenstein, where moments ago the CEO ... Read More »

HSBC is broke; restricts large cash withdrawals

HSBC sign

Following research last week suggesting that HSBC has a major capital shortfall, the fact that several farmer’s co-ops were unable to pay back depositors in China, and, of course, the liquidity crisis in China itself, news from the BBC that HSBC is imposing restrictions on large cash withdrawals raising a number of red flags. The BBC reports that some HSBC ... Read More »