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Unending pain in CLO land

August 27, 2009

Rating firms and analysts have been lowering high yield default forecasts in recent months, but there’s still plenty of pain in store for the banks, insurers (and taxpayers) who own collateralised loan obligations, funds that package leveraged debt.

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China’s banks, running hard to stand still

August 14, 2009

wei-gu.jpg-- Wei Gu is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own --

Chinese banks are like enthusiastic runners on an accelerating treadmill. The weakening economy means poor lending decisions are threatening to catch up with them, but the banks are sprinting ahead by expanding their loan books ever faster. They cannot keep this up for ever.

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Geithner of Oz

August 13, 2009

Earlier today I wrote that Sheila Bair is one of the few financial regulators who gets it. And by getting it, I mean not sucking up to the banks and the big money interests on Wall Street. You know, the guys (and most of them are guys), who got us into this financial mess. Tim Geithner, on the other hand, is a regulator who just doesn't get it.

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How the bailout feeds bloated banker pay

August 13, 2009

jamessaft1-- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own --

Rising pay in the finance sector in the wake of the global financial crisis is no surprise and is driven partly by the government's bailout itself and the underwriting of banks that are too big to fail.

Memo to banks – it’s not all about the money

August 7, 2009

peter-dixon- Peter Dixon is a guest columnist, the views expressed are his own. He is global financial economist at Commerzbank -

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Killing two birds with a partial IPO

August 6, 2009

SPORTS YACHTINGBanks and insurers are looking for ways to bolster their capital, while having the flexibility to strike if there are acquisitions to be had on the cheap. To achieve these twin goals, Spain's Santander and now British insurer Aviva intend to float minority stakes in subsidiaries.

Taxpayer loses in bank bail-out

July 16, 2009

mcdowall- Bob McDowall is research director, Europe, at TowerGroup, a research and advisory services firm focused exclusively on the global financial services industry. The opinions expressed are his own. -

Banks get mixed reviews from institutional shareholders

July 14, 2009

Brendan Woods- Brendan Wood is Chairman of Brendan Wood International, a global intelligence advisory firm. Recently, BWI published the World’s TopGun CEOs as ranked by 2500 institutional investors, which provides insight into the executives in whom shareholders feel the greatest confidence. The opinions expressed are his own. -

The end of free banking

June 25, 2009

david Kuo-David Kuo is director at the Motley Fool. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Banks insist on the right to charge customers who go overdrawn on their current accounts. They also say they have a right to set the amount charged.

Big Finance reverting to bad old ways

By Paul Taylor
June 25, 2009

paul-taylor– Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –