Sir Mervyn King has blown open the debate about the future of Royal Bank of Scotland by describing the current situation as “nonsense” and calling for the bailed out bank to be broken up into a good and bad bank.
Less than a week after the Edinburgh-based bank insisted it could be ready for partial privatisation ahead of the May 2015 election, the Bank of England governor laid bare his disagreement with the chancellor, George Osborne, over the future of RBS, saying the state-backed bank could not be sold off until it acknowledges the full scale of its bad debts.
WASHINGTON – The United States economy likely expanded slightly in the fourth quarter, according to data on Friday that suggested a surprise drop in GDP reported by the government last week was overstated.
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed to its lowest point in nearly three years in December on a drop in oil imports and a surge in exports.
Trade data for December paint a reassuring and encouraging picture of the U.S. economy at the end of last year
Upstart Canadian activist investor Smoothwater Capital Corp., armed with a 12% stake in financial services firm Equity Financial Holdings Inc., is trying to shake up the board and reinstate the former chief executive of the company’s mortgage-lending subsidiary.
Nick Kyprianou, a veteran of alternative mortgage lender Home Capital Group — where he rose to the position of president — was replaced at Equity Financial in early October.
LONDON (Reuters) - State-backed lender Royal Bank of Scotland confirmed on Wednesday it would exit the UK Government's Asset Protection Scheme this week, after paying required premiums and reducing assets by 63 percent to around 105 billion pounds. RBS has paid around 2.5 billion pounds to participate in the specially designed insurance scheme that capped potential losses on almost 300 billion pounds of its most toxic assets after its bailout in 2008. The bank also paid around 1.5 billion pounds to the UK Treasury for liquidity support. ...
WASHINGTON — The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week to a near six-year low, bolstering the case for the Federal Reserve to wind down an economic stimulus program.
Another economic report on Thursday confirmed a solid pace of economic growth in the second quarter, although it also showed a worrisome decline in consumer prices.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 305,000, the Labor Department said.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Japan's benchmark stock index hit a 32-month high Friday as the yen continued to retreat against the dollar and investors cheered the new government's plans to boost the economy. Other stock markets edged up, notably in Germany where a survey showed growing business confidence.