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WireTap 1400 05/12/11

A round-up of the key stories across the specialist financial media, including news that Commerzbank is buying back hybrid equity to boost capital

Commerzbank prepares capital boost

Commerzbank is planning to buy back some of its hybrid equity, the first in a suspected series of measures to strengthen capital.

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HSBC fined for mis-selling care bonds

HSBC has been hit with the UK’s largest retail fine of £10.5 million for mis-selling long-term care bonds.

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Fed might give loans to IMF to help eurozone: paper

A German newspaper has reported that the Federal Reserve Bank and the 17 eurozone national banks might help provide the IMF with funds to aid states struggling with their debt.  

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Japan's Olympus hid up to $1.7 billion; no proof of yakuza

An investigative panel has found that Olympus hid up to $1.7 billion of losses from investors.

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Wealthy investors abandon hedge funds following poor performance
High net-worth investors are showing signs of disillusionment with hedge funds.

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Mortgage burden looms over Dutch

Dutch households are the most indebted in Europe, largely due to the big mortgages Dutch households take out.

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