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As US Firms Stumble, Japanese Banks Step Up

Failing only a few years ago, Japanese institutions rescuing US system

(Newser) - Japan's big banks, themselves near collapse a few years ago, are reemerging as global powerhouses, Reuters reports, just in time to snap up stakes in foundering US banks.They've largely escaped Wall Street's credit meltdown by shying away from riskier investments since their own "near death," when they... More »

Barclays Seeks Liquidity With $8.85B Offering

More than half will be bought by Qatari, Japanese investors

(Newser) - Add Barclays to the ranks of banks that are floating new shares in an effort to restore liquidity in the lingering wake of the subprime debacle, reports the AP. Barclays will offer up $8.85 billion in shares—with large stakes being purchased by Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui and the... More »

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