Michal Zagol

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How to fix your credit score

Canada’s household debt continues to hit extreme levels, but for some people the damage may have already been dealt.<p>Tom Higgins, vice-president of …

Pro-Russian Crimeans celebrate landslide vote for return to motherland

With Soviet-era music blaring from loudspeakers and the Russian tricolour everywhere, the overwhelming feeling in Sevastopol was that the city was finally "going home" after a 23-year stay in Ukraine.<p>The home of the Russian Black Sea fleet, and a bastion of pro-Russian support in Crimea, there was …

Ukraine PM: Crimea 'was, is and will be an integral part of Ukraine'

We're leaving. No, you're not.<p>That's where the crisis in Ukraine stood Thursday after lawmakers in Crimea voted in favor of leaving the country for Russia and putting it to a regional vote in 10 days.<p>This act drew widespread condemnation, with Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk …

Big Company CEOs Just Aren't Worth What We Pay Them

(MBA50.com) It isn’t every day that academic research comes along to tell you something you really wanted to hear and that you suspected was the truth all along. In this case it’s about the long running debate around top executive pay.<p>A recent paper by J. Scott Armstrong of the Wharton School and …

CBOE Tightens Trader Rules After Paying $6 Million SEC Fine

Nine months after regulators fined the Chicago Board Options Exchange for failing to police its members, the biggest U.S. options market approved a …

Gold is now the latest bank price-fixing scandal

As if there weren’t enough reasons to cast a jaundiced eye on the banking system, Bloomberg reports that several international banks are now accused of manipulating a key benchmark, known as the gold fix, in the $20 trillion gold market. The charges of fixing gold prices in London are being leveled …

Investing

How Britain Is Biggest Banker For Russian Business (GRAPH)

With Moscow threatening to seize foreign business assets if the West imposes economic sanctions, how close are the UK's financial links to …

Bank of England knew of Forex rigging 7 years before investigation

Bank of England officials knew of concerns the foreign-exchange market was being manipulated as early as July 2006, more than seven years before …

Should we leave Crimea to the Russians? | Financial Times

As diplomatic discussions with Russia get underway, the fate of Crimea looms large. An obvious question is whether the west could or should accept …

Fugitive and whistleblower Edward Snowden to speak from Russia at SXSW

Even though he can't set foot in the United States for fear of arrest, fugitive National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has joined the speakers' roster at this year's South by Southwest Interactive Festival.<p>Snowden, who fled the United States in June with thousands of top-secret …

Associated Press News

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MasterCard uses geolocation to make sure you are you

If someone steals your credit card, they’d probably have little trouble racking up a hefty bar tab or buying a new TV with the plastic. But …

Identity Theft

Florida unhappy with B. of A. & Wells Fargo; Morgan Stanley looks to drop Swiss unit; more banks accused of price fixing and other banking reads

What if the bitcoin end game is a digital dollar?

Lost your taste for bitcoin? News of bankrupt exchanges losing hundreds of millions of customers’ dollars, worldwide hacking attacks and drug-related …

Cryptocurrency

What investors really think about the Icahn-eBay fight

The red flags the West ignored about Putin’s Russia

BOSTON (MarketWatch)—Why is anyone surprised by Vladimir Putin’s actions?<p>Experts can jaw all they like on the TV talk shows: Anyone who has followed …

Russia

Flexcoin shuts down after heist drains it of nearly 900 Bitcoins

Another day, another Bitcoin bank security breach.<p>Flexcoin, a popular Bitcoin storage service, was robbed from its hot wallet on Saturday, according to a statement on its website. The theft resulted after someone got access to Flexcoin’s servers and sent the entirety of its funds, 896 Bitcoins …

CrossCoin Ventures launches first Ripple startup accelerator

With Bitcoin’s woes, could it be time for Ripple to shine? CrossCoin Ventures plans to announce Wednesday that it is launching the first Ripple …

US officials probe Wall Street bond sales

The Securities and Exchange Commission has begun an inquiry into claims that major investment banks, including Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, have favoured the biggest investors in sales of debt by companies including, Verizon and Apple<p>US regulators have begun looking into whether major Wall Street …

Real-life Wolf of Wall Street says his life of debauchery 'even worse' than in film

The controversial figure whose memoir formed the basis of Leonardo DiCaprio's unhinged stockbroker in Martin Scorsese's Oscar-nominated black comedy The Wolf of Wall Street has revealed his debauched life of sex and drugs was "even worse" than shown in the film.<p>Jordan Belfort made the admission in …