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Over a million protesters demand Catalonian independence from Spain

A million and a half people took to the streets of Barcelona, according to police estimates, to demand independence for the autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia as the country as a whole faces crippling debt. At least one train and more than 1,000 coaches were chartered to bring supporters from …

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Bank of England director warns: Bond bubble threatens financial system

Andrew Haldane

Bank of England Director: Andrew Haldane A key Bank of England policymaker has warned of the risks to global financial stability when “the biggest bond bubble in history” bursts. In a wide-ranging testimony to MPs, Andy Haldane, Bank of England director of financial stability, admitted the central bank’s new financial policy committee is taking …

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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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Goldman Sachs may face trial for role in Greek debt crisis

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Goldman Sachs faces the prospect of potential legal action from Greece over the complex financial deals in 2001 that many blame for its subsequent debt crisis. A leading adviser to debt-riven countries has offered to help Athens recover some of the vast profits made by the investment bank. The Independent has …

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China calls for new global currency to replace US dollar

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China is calling for a global currency to replace the dominant dollar, showing a growing assertiveness on revamping the world economy ahead of next week’s London summit on the financial crisis. The surprise proposal by Beijing’s central bank governor reflects unease about its vast holdings of U.S. government bonds and …

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Put big bank CEOs in jail – Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) This past weekend, the Department of Justice slapped a record fine on JPMorgan Chase for packaging and selling the mortgage-backed financial products that helped cause the financial meltdown. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wants the administration to know that fines are not enough. On Wednesday, she called on …

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95% of Greek ‘bailout’ money went to European Banks

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I simply cannot stress enough how important Greece is to freedom, liberty and civilization across the globe. Greece is not a one-off, or merely a small nation in big trouble that holds little relevance for the rest of us. Greece is everything. What is happening to Greece follows the exact same …

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JP Morgan CEO best to lead Treasury in crisis, Buffett the puppet says

Warren Buffett

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) Chief Executive Officer Jamie Dimon would be the best person to lead the U.S. Treasury Department in a financial crisis, billionaire investor Warren Buffett said. “If we did run into problems in markets, I think he would actually be the best person you could have in the job,” Buffett said …

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Iceland sticks it to international bankers and writes off massive mortgage debt

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Iceland’s government has announced that it will be writing off up to 24,000 euros ($32,600) of every household’s mortgage, fulfilling its election promise, despite overwhelming criticism from international financial institutions. The measure was introduced by the country’s prime minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, the leader of the Progressive Party which won …

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Cyprus banks to remain shut until Tuesday amid bailout crisis

Protesters raise their open palms showing the word "No" during an anti-bailout rally in Nicosia

Banks in Cyprus will remain closed until Tuesday as the country tries to avert financial meltdown after rejecting the terms of a controversial bailout, turning instead to Russia for help. An official said banks, which been shut for days amid fears of a run on savings, will stay closed on Thursday …

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Bank run fears in Bulgaria

Dozens of depositors have withdrawn savings from Bulgaria’s third biggest bank despite assurances from the government and the European Union that their money was safe after a similar run shut down another major lender last week. Bulgarian authorities have arrested four people suspected of trying to destabilise the banking system in a concerted …

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“It’s time to audit the Fed” – Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following video and statement in support of H.R. 459 which would finally allow the Government Accountability Office to audit the Federal Reserve Bank (the Fed). Congressman Kucinich has long supported auditing the Fed and successfully won a partial audit in the Dodd-Frank Wall …

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IMF warns global economy is slowing

Christine Lagarde IMF

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has warned that the global economy could be sinking into a prolonged period of “mediocre” growth which could endanger efforts to bring down unemployment worldwide. Lagarde said on Thursday that the world’s economy has weakened in the past six months, despite the efforts of leading central …

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JPMorgan’s epic fail on Twitter #AskJPM

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JPMorgan canceled a question-and-answer session on Twitter Wednesday after receiving a barrage of critical questions skewering the multinational banking company for legal problems, foreclosure practices, and other ethical transgressions. Starting at least since last week, JPMorgan, the investment and services portion of financial behemoth JPMorgan Chase & Co, asked followers …

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Deutsche Bank is finished, Lehman Brothers 2.0

Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank bosses face a formidable task to drag its shares off a 30-year low, with reassurances about its capital levels doing little to improve investor confidence and few other options on the table to trigger a recovery. Germany’s flagship lender has trailed its rivals in bouncing back from the …

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Deutsche Bank fined $14 billion over mortgage probe, no one jailed

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The U.S. Department of Justice is asking Deutsche Bank to pay $14 billion to settle an investigation into its selling of mortgage-backed securities, Germany’s flagship lender said on Friday. The claim against Deutsche, which is likely to be negotiated in several months of talks, far outstrips the bank’s and investors’ expectations …

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Iceland to remove power from banks to steal money

Iceland banks Frosti Sigurjonsson

Iceland‘s government is considering a revolutionary monetary proposal – removing the power of commercial banks to create money and handing it to the central bank. The proposal, which would be a turnaround in the history of modern finance, was part of a report written by a lawmaker from the ruling …

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