BIS warns of $80 trillion of hidden FX swap debt

BIS warns of  trillion of hidden FX swap debt

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has warned that pension funds and other ‘non-bank’ financial firms now have more than $80 trillion of hidden, off-balance sheet dollar debt in the form of FX swaps. Dubbed the central bank to the world’s central banks, the BIS raised the concerns in its … Read more

Bankman-Fried says he will testify before U.S. House committee

Bankman-Fried says he will testify before U.S. House committee

Dec 4 (Reuters) – FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried tweeted on Sunday that he would testify before the House Financial Services Committee after he finished “learning and reviewing” the events that led to the spectacular collapse of his cryptocurrency exchange. The U.S. House Financial Services Committee plans to hold a hearing in December to investigate the … Read more

European markets stay cautious after China eases pandemic measures

European markets stay cautious after China eases pandemic measures

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) – European stock indexes opened slightly lower on Monday, finding little support from an easing of China’s domestic pandemic restrictions, after market sentiment was dampened by U.S. jobs data on Friday that raised fears of persistent inflation. Asian shares had been boosted early on Monday by hopes that China taking steps … Read more

Crypto exchange Gemini trying to recover $900 million from crypto lender Genesis, Financial Times reports

Crypto exchange Gemini trying to recover 0 million from crypto lender Genesis, Financial Times reports

Dec 3 (Reuters) – Crypto broker Genesis and its parent company Digital Currency Group (DCG) owe customers of the Winklevoss twins’ crypto exchange Gemini $900 million, the Financial Times reported on Saturday. Crypto exchange Gemini is trying to recover the funds after Genesis was wrongfooted by last month’s failure of Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX crypto group, … Read more

EU tentatively agrees $60 price cap on Russian seaborne oil

EU tentatively agrees  price cap on Russian seaborne oil

BRUSSELS, Dec 1 (Reuters) – European Union governments tentatively agreed on Thursday on a $60 a barrel price cap on Russian seaborne oil – an idea of the Group of Seven (G7) nations – with an adjustment mechanism to keep the cap at 5% below the market price, according to diplomats and a document seen … Read more

Florida pulls $2 bln from BlackRock in largest anti-ESG divestment

Florida pulls  bln from BlackRock in largest anti-ESG divestment

Dec 1 (Reuters) – Florida’s chief financial officer said on Thursday his department would pull $2 billion worth of its assets managed by BlackRock Inc (BLK.N), the biggest such divestment by a state opposed to the asset manager’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) policies. The move will hardly dent BlackRock’s $8 trillion in assets … Read more

Sam Bankman-Fried says he ‘didn’t ever try to commit fraud’

Sam Bankman-Fried says he ‘didn’t ever try to commit fraud’

NEW YORK, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder and former CEO of now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, attempted to distance himself from suggestions of fraud in his first public appearance since his company’s collapse stunned investors and left creditors facing losses totaling billions of dollars. Speaking via video link at the New York Times’ … Read more

U.S. appeals court rejects Biden’s bid to revive student debt plan

U.S. appeals court rejects Biden’s bid to revive student debt plan

Nov 30 (Reuters) – A federal appeals court on Wednesday declined to put on hold a Texas judge’s ruling that said President Joe Biden’s plan to cancel hundreds of billions of dollars in student loan debt was unlawful. The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Biden administration’s request to pause a … Read more

U.S. to boost spending on tribal lands, protect Nevada sacred site

U.S. to boost spending on tribal lands, protect Nevada sacred site

WASHINGTON, Nov 30 (Reuters) – The Biden administration will give Native American tribes more say in managing federal and tribal lands as part of a plan that includes assistance for tribes whose land has been harmed by climate change, the White House said on Wednesday. President Joe Biden and other Cabinet officials announced the measures … Read more

Crypto exchange Bitfront shuts down

Crypto exchange Bitfront shuts down

Nov 28 (Reuters) – Bitfront, a U.S. crypto exchange backed by Japanese social media firm Line Corp, said it has suspended new sign-ups and credit card payments and will cease operations in a few months despite efforts to overcome challenges in the rapidly evolving industry. “However, despite our efforts … we have regretfully determined that … Read more