Explanation: Why is Turkey blocking Sweden and Finland from joining NATO?

Explanation: Why is Turkey blocking Sweden and Finland from joining NATO?

STOCKHOLM, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Swedish and Finnish hopes of early NATO membership have hit a snag in the form of objections from Turkey, which holds a veto over membership. military alliance. The three nations reached an agreement on how to proceed in Madrid last June, but Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said Sweden, in … Read more

China proposes Sri Lanka debt moratorium, IMF aid still uncertain

China proposes Sri Lanka debt moratorium, IMF aid still uncertain

China offers debt service relief in 2022, 2023 Sri Lankan sources unsure if China’s letter will be enough for IMF Broad IMF-China deal on Zambia could provide clues NEW DELHI/COLOMBO, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The Export-Import Bank of China has offered Sri Lanka a two-year debt moratorium and said it would support the country’s efforts … Read more

Feds seized nearly $700 million from FTX founder Bankman-Fried

Feds seized nearly 0 million from FTX founder Bankman-Fried

Jan 20 (Reuters) – Federal prosecutors seized nearly $700 million in assets from FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried in January, much of it in the form of Robinhood stock, according to a court filing on Friday. Bankman-Fried, who was accused of stealing billions of dollars from FTX clients to pay debts incurred by his crypto-focused hedge … Read more

US home sales fall to 12-year low; glimmers of hope are emerging

US home sales fall to 12-year low;  glimmers of hope are emerging

Existing home sales fall 1.5% in December Sales fall 17.8% in 2022, the biggest annual drop since 2008 Median home price rises 2.3% from a year ago WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) – U.S. existing home sales fell to their lowest level in 12 years in December, but falling mortgage rates prompted cautious optimism that the … Read more

Genesis crypto lending unit files for bankruptcy in the US

Genesis crypto lending unit files for bankruptcy in the US

Jan 20 (Reuters) – Crypto firm Genesis’s lending unit filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection against creditors on Thursday, overturned by a market rout with companies like exchange FTX and the BlockFi lender. Genesis Global Capital, one of the biggest crypto lenders, froze client redemptions on November 16 after FTX stunned the financial world with its … Read more

Brazilian court grants bankruptcy protection to retailer Americanas

Brazilian court grants bankruptcy protection to retailer Americanas

SAO PAULO, Jan 19 (Reuters) – A Rio de Janeiro court on Thursday accepted Brazilian retailer Americanas SA (AMER3.SA)’s application for bankruptcy protection, days after the company disclosed nearly $4 billion accounting inconsistencies that sparked a legal dispute with creditors and investors. Americanas, a 93-year-old company with stores across Brazil and a major e-commerce unit, … Read more

Texas AG halts most Citigroup municipal bids over gun law row

Texas AG halts most Citigroup municipal bids over gun law row

Jan 18 (Reuters) – Citigroup Inc (CN) has discriminated against the firearms industry, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office said, in making a decision that “effectively” to prevent Texas from underwriting most municipal bond offerings in the state. Republicans have stepped up pressure on the financial industry over environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing practices. … Read more

Crypto lender Genesis prepares to file for bankruptcy, reports Bloomberg News

Crypto lender Genesis prepares to file for bankruptcy, reports Bloomberg News

Jan 18 (Reuters) – Cryptocurrency lender Genesis Global Capital plans to file for bankruptcy as soon as this week, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the situation. A bankruptcy filing has been expected for weeks, after the company froze client redemptions on Nov. 16 following the fall of major cryptocurrency exchange … Read more

Exclusive: ECB union says staff are losing faith in leadership amid inflation and wages

Exclusive: ECB union says staff are losing faith in leadership amid inflation and wages

40% of ECB staff have little or no confidence Two-thirds say trust is damaged 63% are worried about the ECB’s ability to protect purchasing power FRANKFURT, Jan 18 (Reuters) – (This story from Jan 17 has been corrected to restore deleted words in paragraph 11) European Central Bank staff are losing faith in the institution’s … Read more