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Investment in Europe’s periphery becoming sexier

Sure, the eurodrama is a fact. But there is a growing interest about investing in the peripheral Europe. Morgan Stanley has conducted a survey among investment managers and 38% of them expect the CDS of the Spanish sovereign bond to be between 150-200bp over the next 12 months.

Spanish banking rescue II

MADRID | By JP Marín Arrese | Rumours openly point to a further rescue package to save the day. It may take months to come but many are taking for granted that a fresh call for help might be launched at the end of the year, once the new German government takes over.

Tax haven crackdown won’t go far

MADRID | By JP Marín Arrese | So long fiscal havens apply close to zero taxation, companies engaged in cross-border business will continue to profit from these favourable arrangements.

Spanish banks capital ratio better than Germany’s

MADRID |By José Luis Marco at CapitalMadrid | Germany or the Troika, that for some already begins to be the same thing, may have their doubts about the level of funding of the Spanish banks and the process of consolidating their balance sheets. However, according to objective data, German main private banks capital ratios are far below those of Spanish leading financial groups.

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Replacing Basel III and bringing more transparency for depositors

MADRID | By José Antonio Santos at Patrivalor | Does the proposed Basel III ratio need to be changed into a more realistic one? Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Vice Chairman Thomas Hoenig believes all of the Basel capital accords, including proposed Basel III, look backward and then attempt to assign risk weights into the future, therefore don’t work. Regulators should focus on another measure of capital that more accurately reflect the capital position of banks: the tangible leverage ratio.

Bloomberg falls victim to speed-journalism

By Skip Worden | The “speed-journalism” at Bloomberg has been a practice at the expense of the customers who were subscribing to the company’s financial-information terminals. They are needed, but what about trusted?

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British tax havens will disclose evader information

By S. V. at VozPópuli | London has made an agreement with British tax havens such as Anguilla, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos so they will disclose name, address, date of birth, account number and transactions details of people with accounts in their territories. Then the UK will then send this information to Spain, France, Germany and Italy.