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Credit Card Firms Cut Deals With Delinquents

Newly relaxed policies allow firms to settle for portion of debt

(Newser) - With countless customers running behind on payments, credit card companies are taking it easy on delinquents, letting them off the hook in exchange for partial repayments, the New York Times reports. The firms began easing up on their previous policies last fall, experts say; now they’re letting frontline workers...

Markets Dive as HSBC Shuts US Business, Axes 6,100

Banking giant sells record $17.8B in new stock

(Newser) - European and Asian markets took a nosedive today, and HSBC announced it will sell $17.8 billion in new stock in the largest rights issue in British corporate history. Europe's largest bank ended last year in the black, posting a $9.3 billion profit. But HSBC wrote off $10.6...

More Banks, Celebs Losers in Madoff Scam

BNP Paribas, RBS join charities of Spielberg, Wiesel as Ponzi victims

(Newser) - Bernard Madoff’s alleged Ponzi scheme, which federal investigators say cost investors $50 billion, continues to claim more victims, reports the Wall Street Journal. Spain’s Grupo Santander and France’s BNP Paribas said yesterday they’re on the list, as are charities involving Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and director...

UK Banks 'Milk Borrowers' to Pay for Credit Crunch

Banks hike mortgage payments despite interest rate cuts

(Newser) - Britain's big banks are being accused of hoisting nearly £3 billion in interest payments on customers to make up for bad bank investments, the Daily Mail reports. Seeking to recoup huge losses from assets linked to subprime US mortgages, the banks have hiked mortgage rates and fees despite interest...

Oil Drops; Stocks Follow
 Oil Drops; Stocks Follow  

Oil Drops; Stocks Follow

Gray day on Street ahead of Fed's policy meeting

(Newser) - Stocks closed down today, giving back gains from an early rally despite a nearly $4 drop in crude oil prices as worries about economic growth and inflation persisted, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Dow fell 42.17 to close at 11,284.15, the Nasdaq lost 25.40 and...

Asia Financiers Looking Askance at Western Banks
Asia Financiers Looking Askance at Western Banks

Asia Financiers Looking Askance at Western Banks

Credit crunch has investors, regulators questioning the model

(Newser) - Bankers and regulators across Asia have grown wary of the big US banks they once invited to underwrite major moves, the Economist reports. One Chinese regulator described the West’s big banks to the magazine as “shit,” among signs the East no longer trusts the West’s wisdom,...

Wounded Bear Scrambles for a Savior
Wounded Bear Scrambles
for a Savior

Wounded Bear Scrambles for a Savior

Stearns hopes to find a quick buyer in troubled times

(Newser) - What's next for Bear Stearns? A Wall Street institution for the better part of a century, it is now scrambling to find a buyer. Its best hope is JP Morgan, which provided a temporary lifeline yesterday along with the Fed. But other possible suitors include Citibank and HSBC, the Wall ...

In Need of Cash, Banks Looking to Sell

It's a buyers market as banks unload 'everything from branches to entire units'

(Newser) - Still in need of cash, as subprime writedowns continue to maul bottom lines, US and European banks are selling off or shuttering non-critical assets. They've already sold stakes to foreign investors and borrowed from central banks; now it's time for the yard sale, as the Wall Street Journal puts it....

HSBC Shops for Controlling Stake in KEB

Bank looks to strengthen presence in Korean economy

(Newser) - HSBC is in talks to buy a controlling stake in Korea Exchange Bank from the U.S. private equity group Lone Star. A local newspaper has reported that the deal would be worth $4.5 billion. HSBC wants to strengthen its presence in the Korean economy, and Lone Star has...

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