JPMorgan’s Fruitful Ties to a Member of China’s Elite

To promote its standing in China, JPMorgan Chase turned to a seemingly obscure consulting firm run by a 32-year-old executive named Lily Chang. Ms. Chang’s firm, which received a $75,000-a-month contract from JPMorgan, appeared to have only two employees. And on the surface, Ms. Chang lacked the influence and public name recognition needed to unlock business for […]

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Draghi Says Bank-Aid Rules Must Be Flexible on Forced Losses

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said banks should be able to access public aid without wiping out junior bondholders if regulators decide a lender needs more capital and isn’t on the brink of failure. Draghi urged the European Union to make clear when it will allow exceptions to state-aid rules that require private-sector creditors […]

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U.S. May Join Germany of 1933 in Pantheon of Defaults

Reneging on its debt obligations would make the U.S. the first major Western government to default since Nazi Germany 80 years ago. Germany unilaterally ceased payments on long-term borrowings on May 6, 1933, three months after Adolf Hitler was installed as Chancellor. The default helped cement Hitler’s power base following years of political instability as […]

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Bailed-Out Nations Get Another Four Years of Merkel

“Southern Europeans are facing four more years of Angela Merkel whether they like it or not. Majorities of 82 percent in Spain, 65 percent in Portugal and 58 percent in Italy repudiate the German leader’s handling of the euro area’s debt crisis, blaming her for drastic cuts in social services, recession and record unemployment, according […]

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China Gold-Mine Deals at Record After Price Plunge: Commodities

“Acquisitions by China’s gold mining companies reached a record this year as the metal’s steepest quarterly drop in more than nine decades slashes mine values and sidelines Western rivals laden with debt. Takeovers and asset purchases by producers based in China and Hong Kong rose to a record $2.24 billion this year, beating last year’s […]

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Swaps Probe Finds Banks Rigged Rate at Expense of Retirees

“U.S. investigators uncovered evidence that banks reaped millions of dollars in trading profits at the expense of companies and pension funds by manipulating a benchmark for interest-rate derivatives. Recorded telephone calls and e-mails reviewed by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission show that traders at Wall Street banks instructed ICAP Plc brokers in Jersey City, New […]

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