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Things worth reading: 22nd June 2009

Things we're reading today include …

Today's must read: Is this the death of the dollar? (Telegraph)

"Border
guards in Chiasso see plenty of smugglers and plenty of false-bottomed
suitcases, but no one in the town, which straddles the Italian-Swiss
frontier, had ever seen anything like this. Trussed up in front of the
police in the train station were two Japanese men, and beside them a
suitcase with a booty unlike any other. Concealed at the bottom of the
bag were some rather incredible sheets of paper. The documents were
apparently dollar-denominated US government bonds with a face value of
a staggering $134bn (£81bn)."

UK:

Libor system set for shake-up (Financial Times)

Europe:

New EU bank regulator chief (Times)
EU leaders back financial supervision overhaul (Euractiv)
ECB policymaker warns on risks in regulation proposal (Financial Times)
Banking fears weigh on euro (Financial Times)

USA:
When it comes to global banks, size matters (Financial Times)

Quote of the Day:

"There is a message here: we haven't heard much about anyone counterfeiting roubles. That is probably telling you something." Jim O'Neill, Chief Economist, Goldman Sachs on the $134bn scam

  

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