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[1/2] Switzerland's national flag flies above a logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse in front of a branch office in Bern, Switzerland November 29, 2022. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannMILAN, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Credit Suisse (CSGN.S) shares fell to a fresh record low on Thursday approaching the offer price of the 2.24 billion Swiss francs ($2.37 billion) rights issue the loss-making bank needs to help stabilise its finances. By 1019 GMT, Credit Suisse shares fell to as low as 2.667 francs, which is around 5% above the 2.52 francs offer price in the rights issue. Rights to subscribe to the capital increase fell as much as 51% on the day. "The share price is... above the offer price of CHF 2.52 for their CHF 2.2bn rights offering, which is also the 'hard underwriting' price for the consortium of 19 banks.
LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - FTX's venture capital arm has assets that could be worth investing in, but since the failed crypto exchange has entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings the process could take time, cryptocurrency entrepreneur Justin Sun said on Wednesday. "FTX Ventures still has lots of portfolio (companies) and we are going through them one by one, but right now it is already in the Chapter 11 process so it might take a longer time to finish the process," Sun told a Reuters Next conference. Sun founded the crypto platform Tron and is member of cryptoexchange Huobi's global advisory board. He did not specify which organisation specifically was looking at the assets in the interview. To view the Reuters conference live, please click here; https://www.reuters.com/world/reuters-next/reuters-next-global-virtual-broadcast-2022-11-28/Reporting by Elizabeth Howcroft, writing by Alun John, editing by Louise HeavensOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Sterling gains against softening dollar
  + stars: | 2022-11-29 | by ( Alun John | ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +2 min
LONDON, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Sterling gained against the dollar on Tuesday as the safe-haven greenback fell against most currencies as market sentiment improved on hopes that China would ease its strict COVID-19 curbs. The pound was last 0.45% higher against the dollar at $1.2014, heading back towards last week's three-month high of $1.2153. Lower than expected inflation figures from Spain and Germany's most populous province also helped improve the mood. The pound is trying to break past $1.22 the euro $1.05, while euro/sterling has hit around 85.7 pence several times in recent months before rebounding. Reporting by Alun John; Editing by Frank Jack DanielOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Take Five: Everything to play for
  + stars: | 2022-11-25 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +5 min
Markets are hopeful the Federal Reserve will soon slow the pace of its aggressive rate hikes. The U.S. economy likely created 200,000 new jobs, a Reuters poll of economists forecasts found, in what would be the smallest gain since December 2020. Manufacturing indicators, mainly PMIs, due next week might attest to the weakness already seen across the economy. Inflation in the euro zone was 10.6% in October, more than five times the European Central Bank's 2% target. Indeed, the Fed may be getting ready to slow the pace of its rate hikes, but the ECB is not there yet.
Restrictions in Beijing and elsewhere tightened further on Tuesday, though currency traders seemed to think the previous day's moves were sufficient. In Europe on Tuesday, data from the European Central Bank showed the euro zone's current account deficit narrowed in September. In cryptocurrencies, bitcoin fell to a new two-year low of $15,479 on Monday, another victim of Monday's rush to the dollar, and also amid jitters about the health of crypto broker Genesis. The lending unit suspended redemptions last week, citing fallout from the collapse of FTX, which filed for bankruptcy on November 11. Reporting by Rae Wee and Alun John; editing by Kim Coghill, Jason Neely and Emelia Sithole-MatariseOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
"What's going on in China is going to take centre stage," said Joseph Capurso, head of international and sustainable economics at Commonwealth Bank of Australia. MUFG analysts noted that more cautious remarks from Fed officials were also been a factor in the dollar losing some momentum on Tuesday. The major factor driving dollar moves in recent months has been market expectations of how aggressively the Federal Reserve will raise rates. The dollar fell 0.5% on the offshore yuan to 7.1412, having gained 0.7% overnight. The lending unit suspended redemptions last week, citing fallout from the collapse of FTX, which filed for bankruptcy on Nov 11.
New CEO says FTX had 'complete failure of corporate control'
  + stars: | 2022-11-17 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +4 min
Nov 17 (Reuters) - New FTX CEO John Ray said there was flawed regulatory oversight and a lack of corporate control of the bankrupt crypto exchange founded by Sam Bankman-Fried in a U.S. court filing on Thursday. "Never in my career have I seen such a complete failure of corporate controls and such a complete absence of trustworthy financial information as occurred here," Ray said in the filing, which was lodged with the District of Delaware bankruptcy court. Bankruptcy specialist Ray, who took over from Bankman-Fried as CEO when FTX filed for protection on Friday, did not name any specific overseas regulator in that part of the 30-page filing. FTX founder Bankman-Fried did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the allegations contained in the filing. Vox on Wednesday published an interview with Bankman-Fried in which he said he regretted his decision to file for bankruptcy protection and criticized regulators.
Nov 16 (Reuters) - Crypto lender Genesis Global Capital suspended customer redemptions on Wednesday, citing the sudden failure of crypto exchange FTX, while court papers showed FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried faces legal action. After a flurry of tweets and interviews by Bankman-Fried, FTX said he "has no ongoing role" at the company and does not speak on its behalf. LEGAL ACTIONMeanwhile, U.S. court filings showed Bankman-Fried is facing legal action in the United States from investors alleging the company's yield-bearing crypto accounts violated Florida law. U.S. and Bahamian authorities were discussing the possibility of bringing Bankman-Fried to the United States for questioning, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Elsewhere, crypto exchange Binance said it had not contributed to FTX's collapse, in a response to a hearing on the crypto industry by a British parliamentary committee.
Nov 16 (Reuters) - Crypto lender Genesis Global Capital suspended redemptions on Wednesday citing the failure of crypto exchange FTX, while court papers showed FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried faces legal action, as its sudden collapse ripples across the industry. LEGAL ACTIONMeanwhile, U.S. court filings showed Bankman-Fried is facing legal action in the United States from investors alleging the company's yield-bearing crypto accounts violated Florida law. Bloomberg on Tuesday also reported that U.S. and Bahamian authorities were discussing the possibility of bringing Bankman-Fried to the United States for questioning. Elsewhere, crypto exchange Binance, in a response to a hearing on the crypto industry by a British parliamentary committee on Monday, said it had not contributed to FTX's collapse. The U.S. House Financial Services Committee said Wednesday it plans to hold a hearing in December to investigate the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX.
Nov 16 (Reuters) - Genesis is temporarily suspending redemptions and new loan originations at its lending business, the crypto broker saidon Wednesday, the latest sign of the industry fallout from last week's collapse of major crypto exchange FTX. loading"We have taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend redemptions and new loan originations in the lending business. We are working diligently to shore up the necessary liquidity to meet our lending client obligations," a Genesis spokesperson said in a statement. The suspension at Genesis "has no impact on the business operations of DCG and our other wholly owned subsidiaries", Digital Currency Group tweeted. Genesis Trading's derivatives business has approximately $175 million in locked funds on FTX, the company said Thursday.
However, Biden said the weapon was probably not fired by Russia, although the investigation was ongoing. NATO ambassadors will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday with a news conference due around 11.30 GMT. The European common currency was then knocked off that high, falling as low as $1.028 after news of the explosion in Poland sent traders to the safety of the dollar, which also caused falls in equities. "Geopolitical risks continue to hang over currency markets and are likely to remain a key driver of volatility," she said. The greenback was also down 0.15% on the Swiss franc at 0.9418, near Tuesday's seven-month low, and the dollar index, which tracks the greenback against six main peers, was 0.24% lower at 106.26.
Nov 16 (Reuters) - Crypto broker Genesis Global Capital is suspending redemptions and new loan originations at its lending business, it said on Wednesday, in the latest sign of the industry fallout from last week's collapse of major crypto exchange FTX. "We have taken the difficult decision to temporarily suspend redemptions and new loan originations in the lending business. We are working diligently to shore up the necessary liquidity to meet our lending client obligations," a Genesis spokesperson said in a statement. U.S. court filings showed Sam Bankman-Fried, FTX's founder, is being sued in a U.S. class action by investors alleging the company's yield-bearing crypto accounts violated Florida law. The proposed class action filed late on Tuesday in Miami alleges that FTX yield-bearing accounts were unregistered securities that were unlawfully sold in the United States.
FTX's bankruptcy case includes more than 100,000 creditors, and this number could surpass 1 million, the filings said. The numbers were disclosed as FTX requested that multiple FTX group companies file one consolidated list of major creditors, rather than separate ones. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationCrypto lender BlockFi, which previously acknowledged it has significant exposure to FTX, plans to lay off workers while preparing to file for bankruptcy, the Wall Street Journal reported. Separately, bankrupt crypto lender Voyager Digital no longer plans to sell itself to FTX, Bloomberg reported, while Canadian crypto exchange Bitvo said it terminated its deal to be bought by FTX. I'm meeting in-person with regulators and working with the teams to do what we can for customers," he said on Twitter.
SummarySummary Companies FTX in contact with federal, state, international regulatorsMore than one hundred thousand creditors involved in the bankruptcy case, maybe over one millionBahamas regulator appoints provisional liquidatorsFrench cen. "FTX faced a severe liquidity crisis that necessitated the filing of these cases on an emergency basis last Friday," the court filing stated. Reuters Graphics Reuters GraphicsFTX's bankruptcy case includes more than one hundred thousand creditors, and this number could surpass one million, the filings said. The numbers were disclosed as FTX requested that multiple FTX group companies file one consolidated list of major creditors, rather than separate ones. Canadian crypto exchange Bitvo said on Tuesday it had terminated its deal to be bought by FTX, a deal that had been due to close in the third quarter of this year.
Kris Marszalek, CEO of Singapore-based crypto exchange Crypto.com, refuted suggestions it could be in trouble, saying in a YouTube livestream address the platform would prove all naysayers wrong. Crypto.com is among the top 10 exchanges by turnover globally, but smaller than FTX and market leader Binance. Former CEO and FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has previously told Reuters some of the transfers out of FTX were a result of "confusing internal labelling". Another crypto exchange Kraken said on Twitter on Sunday it had frozen the accounts of FTX, affiliated crypto trading firm Alameda Research and their executives. The logo of FTX is seen at the entrance of the FTX Arena in Miami, Florida, U.S., November 12, 2022.
SINGAPORE/LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Regulators are moving in on distressed crypto exchange FTX as it scrambles to raise billions in funds to stave off collapse, while its chief executive, Sam Bankman-Fried, faces heightened scrutiny. The Securities Commission of the Bahamas has frozen assets of FTX Digital Markets, an FTX subsidiary. FTX Australia called in administrators on Friday, the Australian Financial Review reported, citing a company statement. Bankman-Fried is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for potential securities law violations, Bloomberg reported, citing a source. This source said helping out FTX was the question for larger investors in FTX.
FTX to start U.S. bankruptcy proceedings, CEO to exit
  + stars: | 2022-11-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +4 min
LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) - Crypto exchange FTX is to start U.S. bankruptcy proceedings and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried is to step down, after a liquidity crisis at the cryptocurrency group that has prompted intervention from regulators around the world. The distressed crypto trading platform had been struggling to raise billions in funds to stave off collapse after a wave of withdrawals. "I'm really sorry, again, that we ended up here," said FTX founder Bankman-Fried, in a series of tweets after the commencement of the bankruptcy filing. FTX is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Justice Department, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission, according to a source familiar with the investigations. Cyprus's Securities and Exchange Commission has asked FTX EU to suspend its operations on Nov. 9, the regulator said on Friday.
Factbox: Global regulatory actions against FTX
  + stars: | 2022-11-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com   time to read: +1 min
FTX and its local units, had already attracted scrutiny from regulators around the world. The Securities Commission of the Bahamas said on Thursday it would freeze the assets of FTX Digital Markets, the group's local unit, and also appointed a provisional liquidator for the unit. EUROPE/CYPRUSCyprus's Securities and Exchange Commission asked FTX EU to suspend its operations on Nov. 9, the regulator said on Friday. FTX announced in September it had received approval from the Cypriot regulator to operate as a Cyprus Investment Firm, allowing the company to fully own a local investment firm it had previously acquired. The local unit resumed withdrawals on Friday.
"This is welcome news," Cardillo added, suggesting that "there's a possibility the Fed raises interest rates by 50 basis points in December and then takes a pause." Signs that decades-high inflation growth is beginning to ebb sent U.S. Treasury yields lower, supporting expectations that the Fed could ease its foot from the rate-hike accelerator. The dollar lost ground against a basket of world currencies as sunny economic data lured investors away from the safe-haven greenback. The dollar index fell 1.96%, with the euro up 1.55% to $1.0166. Gold prices jumped as the dollar dropped, reflecting hopes that the inflation data could rein in the Fed's hawkish stance.
[1/2] U.S. Dollar banknotes are seen in this illustration picture taken June 14, 2022. The yield on benchmark U.S. 10-year Treasuries dropped 23 basis points after the data to 3.9137%, S&P futures rose 3% and Nasdaq futures rose 4%. In currency markets the dollar sold off sharply, falling 1.75% against the rate sensitive Japanese yen to 143.64, while the euro climbed 1.2% to $1.016 a two-month high. Sky-high inflation has caused the Fed to raise rates aggressively this year, a process that has boosted the dollar and caused U.S. Treasuries and shares around the world to sell off sharply. U.S. crude oil futures were 0.1% higher at $85.93 per barrel, while Brent crude futures gained 1% to $93.58.
LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs analysts have revised up their projections for the dollar versus the Japanese yen , mainly to reflect a "more persistent U.S. hiking cycle than initially anticipated. The U.S.-based bank now expects the U.S. dollar at 155 yen in three months (previously 150), 155 in six months (135) and 140 in 12 months (125). The yen is particularly sensitive to moves in U.S. rates as Japanese authorities have stuck firmly to their ultra-dovish monetary policy stance, causing the gap between U.S. and Japanese benchmark yields to widen. The dollar, on Wednesday, was last at 145.7 yen having hit 151.9 in October, its highest since 1990. Reporting by Samuel Indyk, editing by Alun JohnOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationWASHINGTON/LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) - The dollar slid on Tuesday as rising German bond yields strengthened the euro, but a strong reading of the consumer price index later this week could reverse the currency's slide. A steady climb in German bond yields weakened the dollar on expectations of further European Central Bank tightening, which cut the spread with Treasury yields, said Marc Chandler, chief market speculation at Bannockburn Global Forex. "What I'm focusing on today is a huge move in two-year German bunds. "Once we've fully priced in peak Fed tightening, then you'll see a major reversal. The euro rose 0.48% to $ 1.0067 , while the Japanese yen strengthened 0.72% against the dollar at 145.57 .
[1/3] U.S. Dollar banknotes are seen in this illustration taken July 17, 2022. Some analysts say that outcome could be positive for bonds and negative for the dollar if it leads to less fiscal stimulus. The euro touched $1.003 in Asia trade, its highest in nearly two weeks, before sliding to trade down a touch straddling the $1 level. The Japanese yen hit a one-week high of 146.35 per dollar. COVID POLICYAnother factor that has weighed on the dollar in recent days was speculation that China might relax aspects of its dynamic zero COVID policy.
U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased 261,000 last month, data showed on Friday. However, the unemployment rate rose to 3.7% from September's 3.5%. The odds of a 75-basis-point rise went as high as 64% immediately after the payrolls data. Despite the strong jobs data, Fed officials on Friday said a smaller rate increase is still on the table for the December policy meeting. read moreThe dollar fell 1.1% against the yen to 146.65 yen , posting losses for a third straight week.
U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased 261,000 last month, data showed on Friday. Data for September was revised higher to show 315,000 jobs added instead of 263,000 as previously reported. However, the unemployment rate rose to 3.7% from September's 3.5%. Despite the strong jobs data, Fed officials on Friday said a smaller rate increase is still on the table for the December policy meeting. read moreThe dollar fell 0.8% against the yen to 147.06 yen , while the euro rose 1.7% to $0.9920 .
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