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QFINANCE: News Briefing (March 23–29, 2012)

Each week brings you some of the biggest news stories from the past five days in finance and business—essential reading to keep you up to date with latest topics.

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Friday March 23

In India, a major government scandal was made public last Friday accusing the government of forgoing $210bn in potential revenues by selling coal assets cheaply to the top Indian’s industrialists. In the UK, Chancellor George Osborne was trying to push the public attention away from the “granny tax”, by hailing the creation of 1,000 jobs by GlaxoSmithKline.
More on the FT

Monday March 26

The week started off well for Britain as Nick Clegg announced a free trade agreement with South Korea which could bring up to £500m a year into the UK economy. In 2010 and 2011, more than half of the Korean investments were in the UK. "The best of British design, innovation and services will have even greater opportunity to show their strength in South Korea," Clegg told the BBC.
More on BBC

Tuesday March 27

US Fed chairman Ben Bernanke gave an analysis of the economical situation of the country and warned on Tuesday that the decreases in unemployment would not last long unless they were sustained by strong economic growth. On another note, The World Bank nominee Jim Yong Kim was being highly criticized over a book he co-authored, in which he questions “neoliberalism” and “corporate-led economic growth.”
More on the FT

Wednesday March 28

A £10bn investment from Abu Dhabi was discussed between UK government officials and potential investors in both the part-nationalized RBS and Lloyds banks. The FT reported that Sheikh Mansour, who previously bought the English football club of Manchester City, has shown clear interest in buying part of the UK government’s RBS holding.
More on the FT

Thursday March 29

After the UK growth expectations were revised down on Wednesday by the ONS, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is forecasting a British recession with an annualized contraction of 0.4% in the first quarter. But Chancellor Osborne seems determined to believe that: “our own forecast from our own independent body, which we published last week, says we are going to avoid a recession.”
More on BBC

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Tags: banking , Ben Bernanke , central banks , corporate governance , derivatives , economic recovery , European Central Bank , financial crisis , fund management , GDP growth , global imbalances , Greece , IMF , inflation , International Monetary Fund , RBS , regulation , sovereign debt , UK , US , US economy
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