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Senate Hits JPMorgan Execs on $6B Loss

'London Whale' resurfaces

(Newser) - A Senate subcommittee is taking JPMorgan to task over billions in losses tied to the so-called " London Whale ." The report, by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, is likely to slam executives over a failure to adequately alert regulators and investors as the bank made big bets. Executives... More »

Ex Olympus Execs Arrested Over Cover-Up

Ex-chairman, others implicated in $1.5B loss dating to '90s

(Newser) - Japanese prosecutors today arrested three former Olympus executives, including the company's ex-chairman, over their alleged roles in orchestrating a cover-up of massive losses at the camera and medical equipment maker. Former chair Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, along with executives Hideo Yamada and Hisashi Mori, were arrested on charges of violating securities... More »

UK Billionaires' Ranks Halved in Downturn

Wealthiest lose collective $228B

(Newser) - The number of UK billionaires has been almost cut in half by economic woes, from 75 to 43, with the country’s wealthiest having lost a collective $228 billion, the Times of London reports. The hardest-hit was steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, who remains Britain’s richest man despite having lost... More »

Ford Loses Just $1.4B, Turns Down Treasury Money

Automaker burns through cash but remains healthier than rivals

(Newser) - Ford announced today a loss of $1.4 billion for the first three months of 2009—its worst Q1 result in 17 years, but nevertheless one that beat expectations, Bloomberg reports. The automaker said it expected to break even or possibly turn a profit in 2011, and it would not... More »

UBS Shocks With Record $17B Loss

Swiss banking giant posts worst loss in nation's history

(Newser) - UBS today announced an annual loss of $17 billion—the biggest ever by a Swiss company—despite a government bailout and a surprise tax benefit in the fourth quarter. The loss was higher than expected, but the once-mighty corporation reiterated that it would not sell off its investment banking arm,... More »

Prof Does Math, Finds Banking System 'Insolvent'

(Newser) - A New York University professor who predicted the current economic crisis warns that losses at US banks could climb to $3.6 trillion, leaving the whole system essentially bankrupt, Bloomberg reports. Economist Nouriel Roubini argues that since the system has a base capitalization of just $1.4 trillion, if losses... More »

Madoff Victims Peddle Jewels to Pay Bills

Brokers report heavy traffic in heirlooms, other baubles, to recoup losses in investment scandal

(Newser) - Victims of investment scammer Bernard Madoff are selling off the family jewels—and sometimes their houses, too—to stay solvent. Jewelry buyers report steady traffic since the scandal, from a Beverly Hills woman sacrificing a 9-carat diamond to pay her bills to Palm Beach residents unloading more than $250,000... More »

$148M Loss Bites Into Crocs

Demand for colorful clogs tanks

(Newser) - Crocs, the maker of hugely popular colorful plastic clogs, suffered a $148 million third quarter loss on a 32% drop in demand in Europe and the US. The Colorado-based company has shuttered a factory in Canada, will close another in Brazil next month, and has amassed extensive unsold inventory, reports... More »

Christian Science Monitor Will End Daily Print Edition

Paper moves to web-first edition, will publish weekly magazine

(Newser) - The Christian Science Monitor will discontinue its daily print edition in April as it shifts to the Internet. The paper, which turns 100 next month, will print a weekly edition instead. The Monitor has seen its circulation decline to 52,000 from 160,000 20 years ago, and while it... More »

Sides Dig In Despite Boeing Strike Costs

Stoppage in week 4; price tag nears $1.3B for aircraft giant

(Newser) - Machinists employed by Boeing have been on strike for more than 3 weeks, with no end in sight; analysts say if the stoppage reaches a month, it could cost the aircraft maker $1.3 billion, the Seattle Times reports. The union sees its position as good, given Boeing’s huge... More »

Goodbye Smell, Hello Misery

You lose more than the ability to sniff roses without this key sense

(Newser) - When ranking physical attributes we’d hate to lose, most people put sense of smell at the bottom, on par with losing a big toe. But when Elizabeth Zierah lost hers—and thus her sense of taste—3 years ago after catching a cold, the ensuing string of scentless and... More »

Mammoth Writedowns Hammer AIG

Insurance giant posts $7.8B 1Q loss as credit woes continue

(Newser) - American International Group posted a record-breaking $7.8 billion first-quarter loss yesterday, reports the Wall Street Journal. The insurance giant blamed the poor results on the sagging housing market, the credit crunch and the see-sawing stock market. It announced plans to raise $12.5 billion to patch up the damage... More »

Sprint Nextel Takes $29B Loss as Customers Walk

Loss includes huge one-time writedown; company announces cover-everything plan

(Newser) - Sprint Nextel posted a net fourth-quarter loss of $29.45 billion and doesn’t expect a quick recovery, the Wall Street Journal reports. The No. 3 US wireless company will hold off dividend payments and draw down credit lines for protection as more customers leave the service. It has also... More »

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