Things we're reading today include:
Barclays’ Mideast investors cash in after six months
Sheikh Mansour has been ahead of the game on Barclays (Telegraph)
BBVA offers staff five years’ leave
Fed Said to Raise Requirements for Banks to Repay TARP Funds (Bloomberg)
Bank of America nears $34 billion 'stress test' goal (Chicago Tribune)
Citi halts severance payouts to some former execs (Bloomberg)
Morgan Stanley Buys Controlling Stake in Smith Barney
Morgan Stanley to raise $2.2 billion in capital (Associated Press)
FSA to raise 36pc more from banks
Eurozone unemployment surges to almost one in 10
Sweden admits Lisbon Agenda 'failure' (Euractiv)
The trillion dollar question: China or America?
New Twitter Research: Men Follow Men and Nobody Tweets
(Harvard Business Review)
Quote of the Day:
"I'm not a fatalist but, even if I were, what could I do about it?"
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