Global Fears of a Recession Grow Stronger
The crisis that began as a made-in-America subprime lending problem and radiated across the world is now circling back home, where it pummeled stock and credit markets on Monday.
RBS shares fall under Ã‚Â£1 on bailout fears
Shares in Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) plunged by more than 35 per cent today to less than Ã‚Â£1 on fears that a Ã‚Â£50 billion bailout of high street banks would result in a partial nationalisation of several household names.
British Chambers of Commerce Says Domestic Economy under Immense Pressure; Needs Immediate Rate Cut
In its Quarterly Economic Survey, the BCC said businesses and consumers need a half-point cut in the key interest rate at the next Monetary Policy Committee meeting of Bank of England.
Euro Falls Most Since 1999 as Credit Crisis Deepens in Europe
The 15-nation currency fell below $1.35 for the first time since August 2007 after European authorities avoided announcing any plan comparable to the $700 billion U.S. bailout. The yen rose the most against the dollar in a decade as global stocks plunged, damping carry trades. Implied volatility on one-month euro-dollar options rose to a record high.
Europe Seeks Unified Policy on Bank Crisis
Despite proposals from France and Italy, the European Union has eschewed any common fiscal approach to the crisis, mainly because Germany refuses to be drawn into a scheme for fear of being burdened with the costs of rescuing non-German banks. Instead, European officials have opted for a tapestry of measures designed to restore confidence in battered financial markets.
India’s central bank eases monetary policy
The Reserve Bank of India announced Monday night that it would cut the cash reserve ratio — the amount of cash banks have to keep on hand — by 50 basis points to 8.5 percent, releasing 200 billion rupees ($4.5 billion) of funds into circulation.
S.Korea plays down crisis as won hits 7-yr low
South Korea’s president played down talk of a currency crisis similar to one that nearly broke the economy 10 years ago, seeking to assure investors even as the won slumped to a 7-1/2-year low on fears global financial turmoil might drag down the country’s banks.
Emerging Markets Find They ArenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t Insulated From the Tumult
Emerging markets took one of their biggest collective tumbles in a decade Monday as stock markets from Mexico to Indonesia to Russia were gripped by fears of a collapse of EuropeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s banking system and concern that a global recession could drag down the price of commodities, forcing a steep slowdown in emerging-market growth.
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