SEC, DOL Enforcement Roundup: CDO Woes, Short-Selling Brothers, Amish Fund
Recent actions by the SEC and DOL included fines of $127.5 million for a securities firm over false CDO credit ratings and $14.5 million for two short-selling brothers, along with deferred prosecution for an Amish fund.
Top 10 Countries With Most Millionaires: Capgemini/RBC
Where are today’s HNW individuals most likely to be found? Capgemini/RBC Wealth Management's 2012 World Wealth Report lists the top countries for millionaires.
S&P Downgrades Spain
Spain suffered another downgrade as Standard & Poor's cut its sovereign credit rating and its unemployment rate rose to its highest level since the early 1990s—now one of the highest in the world.
U.S. Bank Lending Below Depression-Era Levels: S&P
U.S. bank loans are at such lows that the economic recovery has been nearly loan-free, S&P's head of financial institutions ratings said Wednesday in New York.
Fitch Ratings Downgrades 5 European Countries
Fitch Ratings went on a roll on Friday, downgrading Belgium, Cyprus, Italy, Slovenia and Spain with the threat of additional cuts in the next one to two years.
Top Portfolio Products: ProShares ETF Focuses on Germany; BlackRock Offers New Fund
New products over the last week include a new ETF focusing on German debt from ProShares and a reintroduced multi-asset income fund from BlackRock.
ProShares Launches ETF Focused on German Debt
ProShares announced Thursday the launch of the first U.S.-based ETF focused on sovereign and sub-sovereign debt from Germany, which has the world's third-largest public debt market and is widely recognized for its fiscal strength.
S&P Downgrades French Banks
Standard & Poor's downgraded four French banks on Monday, saying that its action came as a result of its downgrade of France itself earlier in the month.
S&P Cuts EFSF Rating
Standard & Poor's followed up its mass cuts to the credit ratings of eurozone countries on Friday with a cut in the credit rating of the European Financial Stability Facility on Monday. EFSF officials said that nonetheless the facility was well enough funded to cope with the eurozone debt...
Triple-A Eurozone Rescue Plan Depends on Germany and Others: S&P
After downgrading most of the eurozone on Friday, Standard & Poor's said that the continued triple-A rating for the European Financial Stability Facility, the region's rescue mechanism, depended on more participation from Germany and other nations that retained their top credit rating.