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Articles by Karen Maley

Bankers mending their ways? No, they’ve gone wild

It’s now five years since the early warning signs of what would develop into the global financial crisis first started to show, and extraordinarily, there’s little evidence that bankers have mended their ways.

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Maley: first shots in the battle for Spain?

Financial markets will remain tense this week, as investors wait to see whether Europe will finally fire the first shots in the “Battle for Spain”.

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Maley: is Spain too big to bail?

The vice gripping Spain tightened further overnight, as investors worried that the country was edging ever closer to a full-scale bailout.

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Marooned on Spain’s austere coastline

As a Spanish bailout looks increasingly unavoidable, investors are worrying the country will be forced down the same austerity route as Greece, condemning its future and that of the eurozone.

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But wait, there’s more — criminal probe widens in Libor’s wake

As criminal probes into the Libor rate-rigging scandal multiply, bankers are becoming increasingly worried that they might finally be held to account for their role in the global financial crisis.

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A Nordic block to the European fix

Global financial markets again face a turbulent week, as the latest agreement between European leaders aimed at solving the region’s debt crisis threatens to unravel.

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Bob Diamond’s crisis of Libor confidence

Giant global insurance and pension funds are watching the unfolding Libor scandal with intense interest, as they contemplate massive legal actions against the major banks involved.

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Maley: holding back the hand that feeds China

Fears over the faltering Chinese economy will cast a shadow over global markets this week.

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Maley: taxing Europe’s frayed tempers

Tensions in Europe are now close to breaking point, with Greeks reacting furiously to biting criticisms from IMF boss Christine Lagarde.

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Maley: could Greece play a bailout trump card?

As European leaders nervously draw up their emergency plans for a possible Greek exit from the eurozone, one particular thought fills them with dread: what if the country simply refuses to leave?

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Maley: Europe won’t swallow Merkel’s soother

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will have to perform a wily balancing act at tonight’s summit of European leaders. Growth strategies have to be combined with deficit reduction.

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Maley: negotiating in eurozone hell

Although global markets staged a rally overnight on fresh hopes of Chinese stimulus, many observers are wary of the growing fractures that are emerging in Europe.

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Maley: bailout doubts for an unruly Greece

Athens is lurching dangerously out of control, after the failure of Antonis Samaras’ to form a coalition government sharply increased the likelihood that the country will quit the eurozone.

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Maley: will markets swallow Westpac’s formula?

When Westpac boss Gail Kelly unveils the bank’s full-year results on Thursday, investors will be keenly focused on what she has to say about the bank’s growth strategy.

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Maley: the rise of Europe’s austerity foes

Financial markets will be on high alert this week after two major political events in Europe on the weekend showed that the eurozone debt crisis is about to embark on a new political phase.

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Maley: smashing the yen to save Japan

Japanese officials are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief as the yen has weakened against the US dollar this year.

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Maley: red lights flare for US shares

With the US sharemarket trading overnight at its highest level since May 2008, funds manager John Hussman argues that investors should be asking themselves one simple question: “Do I feel lucky?”

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Maley: an end to the rising yuan?

Is China about to put an end to the yuan’s rise? That’s the speculation among foreign exchange traders after China reported a $31.5 billion trade deficit in February.

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Maley: stimulating the economy without filling the tank

The US central bank is grappling with the thorny problem of how to apply an extra monetary stimulus to the US economy before the upcoming presidential election.

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Maley: can the ECB avert catastrophe?

Financial markets suffered a bout of disappointment overnight after US central bank boss Ben Bernanke signalled that he wasn’t in a hurry to start a new round of bond buying.

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Maley: tricked by a Wall Street mirage

Are global sharemarkets completely ignoring the growing economic storm clouds as they stage their dizzying rally?

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Maley: Australia’s bipolar rates wrestle

Is the next move in interest rates up or down? Instead of listening to market economists, it’s much better to try and work out how the Reserve Bank itself is approaching the question.

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Maley: hands off China’s stimulus tap

China’s central bank will be reluctant to launch a massive monetary stimulus despite the looming threat from the eurozone debt crisis, a former senior official has warned.

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Maley: can Greece play EU hardball?

Tensions between Athens and the rest of Europe have risen to dangerous levels, with several European countries now pushing to delay Greece’s second €130 billion bailout package.

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Maley: prepare for a US house price washout

US investors heaved a sigh of relief overnight, as the Obama administration unveiled a $25 billion settlement with five major home lenders over foreclosure abuses.

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