ECB begins great cash mop-up as banks repay 296 bln euros of loans

Repayment much lower than expected Key money-market rate falls after announcement Move seen as first step towards bond unwind FRANKFURT, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Euro zone banks are set to repay nearly 300 billion euros ($310 billion) in loans to the European Central Bank next week, the ECB said on Friday, the biggest cash withdrawal … Read more

Exclusive: How FTX bought its way to become the ‘most regulated’ crypto exchange

FTX bought a 10% stake in IEX with an option to acquire 100% FTX spent $2 billion on ‘acquisitions for regulatory purposes’ Documents show FTX saw its regulatory status as a way of luring new capital from major investors Nov 18 (Reuters) – Before it collapsed this month, FTX stood apart from many rivals in … Read more

FTX fallout hits crypto lender Genesis; Bankman-Fried, celebs sued

Nov 16 (Reuters) – Crypto lender Genesis Global Capital suspended customer redemptions on Wednesday, citing the sudden failure of crypto exchange FTX, while court papers showed FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried faces legal action. FTX filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States on Friday in the highest-profile crypto blowup to date, after traders pulled $6 … Read more

Fed’s Barr: Concerned about blowback to financial system from crypto

Nov 15 (Reuters) – Michael Barr, the Federal Reserve’s top financial regulatory official, said on Tuesday he is concerned about risks from the non-bank sector, including cryptocurrencies, for which the US central bank and other regulators have poor visibility. “We’re concerned about the risks that we don’t know about in the non-bank sector,” Barr said … Read more

Exclusive: Behind FTX’s fall, battling billionaires and a failed bid to save crypto

Nov 10 (Reuters) – (This story contains language some readers may find offensive in paragraph 2) On Tuesday morning, Sam Bankman-Fried, owner of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, caught his employees off-guard with a somber message. “I’m sorry,” he told them. “I fucked up.” The reason for the mea culpa: His announcement half an hour earlier that … Read more

Nasdaq halts IPOs of small Chinese companies as it probes stock rallies

NEW YORK, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Nasdaq Inc (NDAQ.O) has put the brakes on initial public offering (IPO) preparations of at least four small Chinese companies while it investigates short-lived stock rallies of such firms following their debuts, according to lawyers and bankers who work on such stock launches. The stock exchange operator’s actions come … Read more

More US companies charging employees for job training if they quit

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – When a Washington state beauty salon charged Simran Bal $1,900 for training after she quit, she was shocked. Not only was Bal a licensed esthetician with no need for instruction, she argued that the training courses were specific to the shop and low quality. Bal’s story mirrors that of dozens … Read more

Kim Kardashian pays $1.26 million fine for paid crypto ad, SEC says

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Kim Kardashian has promoted everything from appetite-suppressing lollipops to melon-flavored liqueur to toilet paper, but it was her foray into the murky world of cryptocurrencies that got her into hot water. The reality television star and influencer has agreed to settle charges of unlawfully touting a crypto security and to … Read more

Barclays hit by $361 million US penalty for ‘staggering’ blunder

Sept 30 (Reuters) – British lender Barclays (BARC.L) agreed a $361 million penalty with US regulators on Thursday for “staggering” failures that led it to oversell $17.7 billion of structured products, racking up further costs for an error that has blighted CEO CS Venkatakrishnan’s first year in charge. Barclays shares rose 2% in early trading … Read more

US fines 16 Wall Street firms $1.8 bln for talking deals, trades on personal apps

Sept 27 (Reuters) – US regulators on Tuesday fined 16 financial firms, including Barclays (BARC.L), Bank of America , Citigroup , Credit Suisse (CSGN.S), Goldman Sachs , Morgan Stanley and UBS (UBSG.S), a combined $1.8 billion after staff discussed deals and trades on their personal devices and apps. The sweeping industry probe, first reported by … Read more