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Dubai Worlds restructuring likely to be a slow process

Dubai's decision in November 2009 to restructure the debts of one its largest state-owned conglomerates was an unexpected bombshell for financial markets, and capped an inglorious year for the Arab Gulf's corporate world.

22 2010 | Viewed: 666 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
Oil geopolitics shifts as China taps Saudi crude

Saudi Arabia's oil exports to the US last year sank below 1m barrels a day for the first time in two decades just as China's purchases climbed above that level, highlighting a shift in the geopolitics of oil from west to east.

22 2010 | Viewed: 706 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
Kazakh state oil firm eyes Karachaganak stake

ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakh state oil company KazMunaiGas wants to acquire a stake in Karachaganak, a gas condensate project led by BG (BG.L) and Eni (ENI.MI), KazMunaiGas head Kairgeldy Kabyldin said on Thursday.

21 2010 | Viewed: 565 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
Busy Buffett ends an annual meeting tradition

NEW YORK (Reuters) - There's only one Warren Buffett to go around, and non-U.S. investors will get less of him this year.

18 2010 | Viewed: 532 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
Buffett's Berkshire cuts Conoco, J&J, P&G stakes

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc reported lower stakes in ConocoPhillips, Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble Co in the fourth quarter, reducing several of its biggest investments as it prepared to complete its takeover of railroad company Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.

18 2010 | Viewed: 741 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
Foreign demand falls for Treasuries

Foreign demand for US Treasury securities fell by a record amount in December as China purged some of its holdings of government debt, the US Treasury department said on Tuesday.

18 2010 | Viewed: 615 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
BBC to launch mobile apps

Mobile phone owners will soon be able to watch live BBC news reports and World Cup football, listen to radio and catch up on iPlayer shows thanks to a fresh set of BBC phone applications.

18 2010 | Viewed: 629 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
Corolla probe a fresh blow for Toyota

Toyota is set to face yet another safety probe by US regulators into one of its vehicles, this time involving potential steering problems in 2009 and 2010 Corolla saloons, a transportation department official said on Wednesday.

18 2010 | Viewed: 673 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
Reject ad hoc, national financial reforms

As countries around the world get down to the serious work of reforming their financial systems, the need for greater international co-ordination looms large.

18 2010 | Viewed: 533 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
Kazakhstan halts oil exports to Slovakia, Hungary

MOSCOW, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan has halted Urals crude oil supplies to Slovakia and Hungary via the Druzhba pipeline amid a trade dispute with Ukraine, prompting Russian oil firm LUKOIL to intervene to compensate for the loss, traders said on Tuesday.

12 2010 | Viewed: 598 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
BofA and Citi warned over credit ratings

The planned overhaul of US financial rules prompted Standard & Poor's to warn on Tuesday it might downgrade the credit ratings of Citigroup and Bank of America on concerns that the shake-up would make it less likely that the banks would be bailed out by US taxpayers if they ran into trouble again.

12 2010 | Viewed: 646 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
Rothschild to appoint first non-family chief

The Rothschild banking dynasty is to appoint a non-family member as chief executive for the first time in its 212-year history, as the group seeks to adapt its management structure to the post-crisis climate.

12 2010 | Viewed: 611 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
ArcelorMittal damps hopes of rapid recovery

Lakshmi Mittal on Wednesday damped hopes of a rapid upturn after ArcelorMittal - the world's biggest steelmaker - announced a 76 per cent drop in its underlying earnings for last year.

12 2010 | Viewed: 670 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
Watchdogs need not bark together

In the years before the crisis, there was a race to the bottom, with countries competing on the "lightness" of regulation. Iceland may have been the winner of that race, but its citizens were the losers. As the consequences of these failures continue to manifest themselves and discussions of the new regulatory regime proceed, the problem of global co-ordination has moved centre stage.

12 2010 | Viewed: 639 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
How the big banks rigged the market

When Lloyd Blankfein met politicians in London a little while ago he brushed aside warnings that investment banks faced higher taxes if they ignored the rising public outcry about multibillion-dollar bonus pools. The Goldman chief executive seemed to believe governments would not dare.

20 2010 | Viewed: 654 | News / Review of Mass Media | Read full
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