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'Tour de Fraud' Earns Bank Record Fine

BNP Paribas fined almost $9B for bypassing sanctions

(Newser) - Federal prosecutors at last made good on their promise to get a guilty plea out of a major bank yesterday, as BNP Paribas agreed to a record fine of almost $9 billion for violating US sanctions. The bank, the biggest in France, "perpetrated what was truly a Tour de... More »

'Too Big to Jail' No More? Feds Ready to Charge Banks

After regulators promise not to kill Credit Suisse, BNP

(Newser) - US prosecutors are preparing criminal charges against Credit Suisse and BNP Paribas, in the hopes of securing the first guilty plea from a big bank since 1989—and stemming criticism that the banks are too powerful to prosecute, the New York Times reports. Credit Suisse is suspected of providing a... More »

Moody's Downgrades French Banks

Greek debt crisis hits SocGen, Credit Agricole

(Newser) - The Greek debt crisis has hit the credit rating of two of France's biggest banks. Moody's has downgraded Societe Generale and Credit Agricole by a notch, and warned the country's biggest bank, BNP Paribas, that it may be next in line. The banks have seen their share... More »

Tunnel-Drilling Gang Fails to Rob Paris Bank

Would-be thieves fail to reach safe-deposit room

(Newser) - Would-be robbers tunneled into a Paris bank early yesterday morning but didn't actually manage to steal anything. In the third incident this year of "termite gangs" attempting to dig into bank vaults, the thieves used a pneumatic drill to connect a subway station to the basement of a BNP... More »

Angry Shareholders Pelt Bank Chairman With Shoes

Fortis meeting turns ugly as investors start singing 'La Marseillaise'

(Newser) - An emergency meeting of troubled Belgian bank Fortis had to be suspended today after raucous shareholders raided the stage and pelted the bank's chairman with shoes. The bank is attempting to broker a sale to BNP Paribas, the French giant, but angry small shareholders booed, shouted down speakers and demanded... More »

More Banks, Celebs Losers in Madoff Scam

BNP Paribas, RBS join charities of Spielberg, Wiesel as Ponzi victims

(Newser) - Bernard Madoff’s alleged Ponzi scheme, which federal investigators say cost investors $50 billion, continues to claim more victims, reports the Wall Street Journal. Spain’s Grupo Santander and France’s BNP Paribas said yesterday they’re on the list, as are charities involving Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel and director... More »

Credit Fears Rock Asian Markets

Subprime mortgage crisis ripples across Pacific

(Newser) - Asian stocks nosedived today as market fears triggered by the US subprime mortgage crisis rippled across the globe. The steepest drop in 5 months echoed upheaval spreading outward from Wall Street, with Toyota and Samsung leading a retreat by large exporters hurt by fears that the lending catastrophe and resultant... More »

Euro Bank Injects $190B to Avoid Crash

ECB's largest-ever emergency cash injection aims to stave off crisis

(Newser) - The European Central Bank has released $190 billion in emergency funds in a desperate attempt to restore liquidity to the region's markets. The Financial Times reports that the ECB's emergency injection echoes moves by central banks in Japan, the US and Canada but is unprecedented in scale. The move rattled... More »

Dow Tumbles Over 380 Points

Year's second-worst loss falls on heels of solvency fears

(Newser) - The Dow Jones lost nearly 3% of its value today, tumbling 387.18 points to 13,270.68 in the second-worst drumming of the calendar year. Trading curbs were in place early, after BNP Paribas froze funds that took a bath in the US credit market and Chinese exchanges crashed... More »

BNP Paribas Halts Fund Withdrawals

France’s biggest bank can’t value holdings after credit collapse

(Newser) - France's largest bank today froze three investment funds threatened by the subprime mortagage collapse, claiming it can’t “fairly” place a value on their rapidly declining assets. Citing the “complete evaporation of liquidity” in the US securities market, BNP Paribas halted withdrawals from the funds, which were worth... More »

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