The Great Debate UK

Bonds steal thunder from loans in Europe

By Alexander Smith
May 19, 2009

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When the going got tough, banks were quick to bring down the shutters and cut off loans to European companies, forcing them to seek other sources of funding. The result — a dramatic shift to the bond markets, where corporates borrow directly from investors.

The quantitative easing conundrum

May 13, 2009

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Fortis shareholders retreat with honour

April 29, 2009

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Germany’s bad bank fudge

April 23, 2009

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Goldman’s TARP out: give up ALL state aid

April 22, 2009

goldman-crop -- Jonathan Ford is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

Goldman Sachs wants to do its duty by the American people and give them their TARP money back. Some spoilsports have urged the government simply to say no because allowing the investment bank to repay the cash would make other banks look bad.

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Geithner’s naked subsidy redefines toxic

By J Saft
March 25, 2009

jimsaftcolumn31-- James Saft is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own

Treasury Secretary Geithner is all but admitting that U.S. banks are suffering not from market failure but self-inflicted collateral damage.

from UK News:

Late payments send small businesses to the wall

March 20, 2009

By clamping down on credit, Britain's newly cautious banks are making collapse almost inevitable for many small to medium enterprise (SMEs) who need a financial cushion now, more than ever, as suppliers and customers struggle to pay bills as the economic downturn bites.

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Let sleeping shadow banking systems lie

By J Saft
March 6, 2009

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

Rather than vainly trying to refloat the shadow banking system, the U.S. would be better off grappling with the inevitable ultimate solution -- debt destruction and inflation.