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/ 25 April 2008

Minister blames Bank of England for Northern Rock debacle

Germany’s Finance Minister, Peer Steinbrück, blamed the Bank of England on Friday for the collapse of Northern Rock and the loss of 2 000 jobs, savaging the central bank for not pumping enough liquidity into money markets last year. Unlike the central banks of the United States and European Union, the Bank of England failed to support the banking sector with vital loans, Steinbrück said.

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/ 22 March 2008

Central banks in mortgage crisis talks

Central banks on both sides of the Atlantic are in talks about the feasibility of mass purchases of mortgage-backed securities in a bid to solve the global credit crisis, the Financial Times said on Saturday. The newspaper, without citing sources, said the talks were at an early stage and part of a broader exchange on how to battle the turmoil in financial markets,

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/ 17 March 2008

JP Morgan to buy Bear, Fed opens lending to Wall Street

JP Morgan Chase set a deal to buy stricken rival Bear Stearns for a rock-bottom price, while the United States Federal Reserve expanded lending to securities firms for the first time since the Great Depression to prop up the financial system. The shock news, the biggest sign yet of how devastating the credit crisis is for Wall Street, slammed the US dollar to a record low against the euro,

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/ 15 March 2008

Credit-crunch woes claim fifth-biggest US bank

The global credit crunch claimed its biggest victim yet on Friday when the United States Federal Reserve orchestrated an emergency bail-out for Bear Stearns after a cash crisis prompted a run on the US’s fifth-biggest investment bank. President George Bush sought to calm fears of a deep recession in the world’s biggest economy.

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/ 19 February 2008

Banks, resources keep JSE firm

The bank and resources indices kept the JSE in positive territory on Tuesday, lifting the bourse 0,7% higher by midday. Banks advanced 2,14% and financials collected 1,14%. The gold mining index added 1,46%, resources lifted 1,11% and the platinum mining index was up 0,58%. However, industrials were down 0,12%.

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/ 21 January 2008

UK backs Northern Rock bonds, seeks rescue bids

Britain set a two-week deadline for a private-sector rescue of Northern Rock on Monday, as it confirmed plans to convert its billions of pounds of loans to the stricken bank into bonds in a bid to smooth a deal. The financing package will tie the government to Northern Rock, Britain’s biggest casualty of the global credit crunch, for years to come.

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/ 26 November 2007

Virgin team picked for Northern Rock rescue

A consortium led by Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has been picked as the preferred bidder to rescue Northern Rock and plans to repay £11-billion (,6-billion) quickly to the Bank of England. Half the cash will come from the consortium and half will be raised through a rights issue at 25 pence per share.

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/ 19 October 2007

Northern Rock chairperson to resign

Britain’s Northern Rock on Friday announced the resignation of chairperson Matt Ridley following a turbulent period at the crisis-hit bank. He will be succeeded by Bryan Sanderson, a former chairperson at British-based emerging markets bank Standard Chartered and healthcare firm Bupa, the company said in a statement.

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/ 15 October 2007

Northern Rock CEO faces grilling on strategy

Northern Rock’s bosses face their toughest grilling since the British bank was engulfed in a funding crisis a month ago when lawmakers quiz them on Tuesday on their strategy and assessment of risk. Northern Rock CEO Adam Applegarth faces a Treasury Committee panel that last month accused the Bank of England of being asleep at the wheel during the crisis.

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/ 24 September 2007

Brits to teach foreign students how to queue

Foreign students visiting Britain are to be educated in the etiquette of queuing for buses, after local users complained about them not observing the conventions of standing in line. A bus operator is to contact local language schools following several complaints about the behaviour of young students over the summer months.

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/ 18 September 2007

All-share recovers as FTSE gains ground

The JSE’s all-share index came out of the morose state it was in earlier, edging up into positive territory by midday on Tuesday driven by the turnaround in the United Kingdom’s FTSE 100. Shortly before midday, the FTSE 100 was at 6 224,10 points, 0,67% better than Monday’s close as the Bank of England added liquidity to the United Kingdom market,

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/ 18 September 2007

SA markets seen under pressure on jitters

Traders said South African markets may be under pressure on Tuesday as credit worries persist, but the upcoming United States interest rate decision will be the main focus. At 6.35am GMT, the rand stood at 7,23 to the dollar, softer than its New York close of 7,22 on Monday. Traders said the rand will probably trade in a ,17 to ,27/range.

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/ 17 September 2007

JSE sharply lower on credit fears

The JSE was sharply lower at midday on Monday as rekindled credit fears continued to spill over on to world markets. The JSE opened in negative territory and weakened further during the morning session on last week’s news that the United Kingdom’s fifth largest mortgage lender, Northern Rock, used the Bank of England as a lender of last resort.

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/ 16 September 2007

UK bank Northern Rock faces break-up talk

Troubled British bank Northern Rock faced break-up rumours on Sunday as it sought to reassure panicking customers and investors following an emergency bail-out by the Bank of England. Worried customers besieged Northern Rock on Friday and Saturday to withdraw their savings — despite assurances that it would not fall victim to the global credit squeeze.

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/ 15 September 2007

British bank rocked by customer panic

Worried customers were expected to keep withdrawing savings en masse on Saturday from embattled British bank Northern Rock after the Bank of England bailed out the lender. Customers formed lengthy queues outside branches on Friday after Britain’s fifth-biggest home-loan provider said it was facing severe difficulties raising cash to cover its liabilities.

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/ 14 September 2007

UK bank hit by credit problems

Shares in British bank Northern Rock plunged by a quarter on Friday as clients rushed to withdraw their savings following an emergency bail-out of the lender by the Bank of England. The central bank came to the rescue of Britain’s fifth-biggest home-loan provider, which is facing severe difficulties raising cash on money markets amid the ongoing global credit squeeze.