Where did all the money go? Secret Files Expose Offshore’s Global Impact

Is a third of the world’s wealth tied up in the secret area of offshore? The mega-rich use of complex offshore structures is exposed.

630secrecyforsale_header_homeHIGHLIGHTS OF OFFSHORE LEAKS SO FAR
By Emily Menkes
April 4, 2013, 1:00 pm

Today marks the beginning of one of the biggest financial leaks in history.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has just released the first stories from a global collaborative project into the world of offshore money. The Tax Justice Network, an advocacy group claims that a third of the world’s wealth is tied up in the secret area of offshore. Continue reading

Cyprus Haircuts Could Lead to Bank Runs Says Russia

CBS Cyprus VideoCypriots have taken a significant haircut losings a significant portion of their deposits. Without the new deal, all depositors would have lost funds. By striking a deal at least depositors with under $100,000 will be “fully guaranteed”.

Cyprus, with the agreement of Eurozone finance ministers, dodged a disorderly sovereign default and unprecedented exit from the euro by bowing to demands from creditors to shrink its banking system in exchange for 10 billion euros (equivalent to $13 billion US) of aid to prevent its banking system collapsing and keep the country in the eurozone. All Cyprus banks will remain closed until Thursday, the central bank has announced in a shock statement. Continue reading

A Safe and a Shotgun or Public Sector Banks? The Battle of Cyprus

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Like the Billionaires dumping stocks – get it out of the banks now and invest in something tangible. Plant a garden, put solar on your roof – you may not want to leave those 401ks and mutual funds just sitting there because they may not be there when you need them most. [Ed. DeadlyClear]

Retirement Don't Bank on itBy Ellen BrownWeb of Debt | News Analysis | Friday, 22 March 2013 | Click here for original Truth-out post.

If these worries become really serious, . . . [s]mall savers will take their money out of banks and resort to household safes and a shotgun. – Martin Hutchinson on the attempted EU raid on deposits in Cyprus banks (Photo: Loz Pycock / Flickr) Continue reading