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"TOXIC ASSETS" OF US BANKS: Why the Geithner Plan Will Fail

by Patrick Madden

27 March 2009

The Geithner plan assumes that the toxic assets that the banks hold can be detoxified to re-start lending; it assumes that there is no problem with the fundamentals of the global economy

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Good Money After Bad : Billions More for Failed Banks

by Dean Baker

25 March 2009

As a result, the banks are likely to still have several hundred billion of bad assets on their books even after this plan has been put in place. The Obama administration will then be forced to go to Congress with yet another bailout proposal

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European NGOs meet the EU World Bank Executive Directors in Brussels

by Eurodad

24 March 2009

This week European NGOs met the EU World Bank Executive Directors on the occasion of their annual visit to Brussels. On the table for discussion there were the issues of the Bank’s response to the financial crisis, and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) supported oil projects in Ghana.

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Obama Dials Down Wall Street Criticism

by Monica Langley

24 March 2009

In recent days, in spite of public furor over huge bonuses paid at American International Group Inc., the administration has concluded that it needs the private sector to play a central role in fixing the economy.

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EuroIFInet launches a position paper on the financial crisis and capital flight, debt and IFIs

by Eurodad

12 March 2009

The paper highlights that there is a broad, global systemic crisis with environmental, social, economic and democratic dimensions; and that there is a need for new structures and a new paradigm

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Whatever’s happened to Global Banking?

by C.P. Chandrasekhar & Jayati Ghosh

7 March 2009

The call for nationalization of banks in developed countries, even if for a temporary period, marks a potential ideological shift. Even staunch free market advocates are declaring that nationalization is inevitable. This article examines the factors explaining this acceptance of public ownership and the implications that this has for the future of banking regulation.

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Europe’s financial regulation “wise men” unwanted say protesters

by Alex Wilks- Eurodad

2 March 2009

Sheriff or cowboy? That was the question that we raised on the De Larosiere Group as their report on European financial regulation was launched yesterday. Eurodad staff joined colleagues from Corporate Europe Observatory and Friends of the Earth to dress up in checked shirts and hats and parade outside the European Commission’s Berlaymont building.

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The Debt in Figures

by Damien Millet- Eric Toussaint

27 February 2009

A necessary tool to understand the current global crisis, the data collected here by Damien Millet and Eric Toussaint (CADTM) should enable us to make sense of one of the basic reasons for the international situation, as seen from the viewpoint of the global South. From the 1960s to today’s global crisis, the international network of the CADTM has constantly kept a critical eye on the world economy and the mechanisms of domination that affect it. Analysing various statistics is essential to (...)

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Time for Permanent Nationalization

by Fred Moseley

24 February 2009

But there is a better alternative, a more equitable, “taxpayer friendly” option: Permanently nationalize banks that are “too big to fail” and run these banks according to public policy objectives (affordable housing, green energy, etc.), rather than with the objective of private profit maximization. The nationalization of banks, if it’s done right, would clearly be superior to current bailout policies because it would not involve a massive transfer of wealth from taxpayers to bondholders.

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The Inter-American Development Bank also with billionaire looses due to mortgages mess

by News Agency

14 February 2009

The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the largest lender for projects including roads and power plants in Latin America, lost $1.9 billion on mortgages and other securities as part of an unusually aggressive investment strategy, according to internal bank documents obtained by The Associated Press.

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