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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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Greece to tax cash withdrawals

Greece cash bank run ATM

Greece has revealed it will introduce a surcharge for all cashpoint withdrawals and financial transactions in a desperate attempt to prevent citizens withdrawing their money from the country’s beleaguered banks. Ministers hope the controversial move could raise as much as €180 million, which the Athens government hopes will help the country …

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Bankrupt Spain to spend €1bn on riot gear

Spain riots

The Spanish government intends to spend nearly 1 billion euro on police riot gear, despite the country’s debt rising by 58 billion euro over the last year. Authorities worry about widespread protests they believe will grip the nation in the autumn. Students chant during a demonstration on the second day …

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Central banker appointed as Prime Minister of Ukraine

Arseniy Yatsenyuk Ukraine

A reshuffled Ukrainian Parliament installed following a coup last week has voted to appoint Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the new prime minister of the country. Yats, as Victoria Nuland, the Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. State Department, called him, is a natural choice. He is …

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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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Top trends for 2013

2013 sand

What a year 2012 was! The economic and geopolitical problems plaguing much of the planet at the beginning of last year have, without exception, intensified as we move into 2013. Never in our 33 years of trend forecasting have we experienced a year that rang out on such a downbeat note and …

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Almost 2,400 millionaires pocketed unemployment benefits

Millionaire homes

Almost 2,400 people who received unemployment insurance in 2009 lived in households with annual incomes of $1 million or more, according to the Congressional Research Service. The report was released after about 1.1 million people exhausted their jobless benefits during the second quarter of 2012, when more than 4.6 million filed initial …

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More Americans opting out of banking system

JP Morgan Chase bank

In the aftermath of one of the worst recessions in history, more Americans have limited or no interaction with banks, instead relying on check cashers and payday lenders to manage their finances, according to a new federal report. Not only are these Americans more vulnerable to high fees and interest …

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Spinning bad financial news into good – Paul Craig Roberts

unemployment numbers

Friday’s payroll jobs report says that 96,000 new jobs were created in August and that the unemployment rate (U.3) fell from 8.3% to 8.1%. As 96,000 new jobs are not enough to keep up with population growth, the decline in the U.3 unemployment rate was caused by 368,000 discouraged job …

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Leaked: Troika requires 6-day working week in Greece

A leaked email sent to the Greek Ministries of Finance and Labor from the Troika says Greek private sector workers should work six days a week and longer hours. The letter, which was published on August 31, shows that the Troika expects the Labor Ministry to implement a number of …

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Central banks now asking governments for help

People’s Bank of China Gov Zhou Xiaochuan ECB President Mario Draghi Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen Bank of Japan Haruhiko Kuroda

Central bankers in charge of the vast bulk of the world’s economy delved deep into the weeds of money markets and interest rates over a three-day conference here, and emerged with a common plea to their colleagues in the rest of government: please help. Mired in a world of low …

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Baltic Dry Index hits lowest levels…ever!

Baltic Dry Index

A measure of international trade often seen as a bellwether for the global economy has crashed to its lowest level ever, fuelling fears we could be heading for another 2008-style crash. Back in November, the Baltic Dry Index dropped below 500 for the first time in recorded history, and it …

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Global derivatives: $1.5 quadrillion time bomb

Finance chart derivatives

When investing becomes gambling, bad endings follow. The next credit crunch could make 2008-09 look mild by comparison. Bank of International Settlements (BIS) data show around $700 trillion in global derivatives.  Along with credit default swaps and other exotic instruments, the total notional derivatives value is about $1.5 quadrillion – …

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ECB to buy gold and stocks next as Japanese QE fails

ECB European Central Bank Yves Mersch

While it remains to be seen if a majority of the Swiss population want their central bank to purchase a whopping 1,500 tons of gold in the coming years, perhaps the most notable event for gold overnight (aside from news that while India exports fell 5% in October, gold and silver …

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Beppe Grillo wants Italians to vote on leaving the Euro

beppe grillo movimento cinque stelle

Beppe Grillo, the leader of Italy’s nascent Five-Star Movement catapulted into power by last week’s Italian elections, is causing a bit of a stir this weekend. Yesterday, Grillo told German weekly news magazine Focus that given the dire straits Italy’s economy is in, if things didn’t change, Italians would want to leave …

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Audit the Fed threatens the secrecy of the Federal Reserve Bank

Senator Ron Paul, author of the legislation called Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012 (HR459) that will subject Ben Bernanke and the privately-owned Federal Reserve Bank to a monetary audit policy has seen much support from his peers on Capitol Hill. The House of Representatives passed 327 – 98 on a vote last week …

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If Greece exits, here is what happens

Now that the Greek exit is back to being topic #1 of discussion, just as it was back in the fall of 2011, and the media has been flooded by groundless speculation posited by journalists who have never used excel in their lives and are merely paid mouthpieces of bigger bank interests …

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Federal Reserve: 100 years of US dollar manipulation

US federal reserve building

Monday 23 December marks the 100th Anniversary of the creation of the Federal Reserve System – the Central Bank of the United States of America. The mainstream media are keeping remarkably quiet about this key milestone. No doubt, they know only too well that growing millions of workers inside and …

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