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WireTap 1400 04/01/12

A round-up of the key stories across the specialist financial media, including coverage over the surge in emergency borrowing from the ECB

ECB lending surge continues

The surge in emergency borrowing from the ECB is continuing, with just over €15 billion being drawn from the marginal lending facility on Tuesday night.

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SNB chief’s wife defends dollar trades

The wife of the Swiss National Bank’s president is defending currency trades made last year prior to the imposition of a ceiling on the Swiss franc.

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UniCredit offers heavy share discount

UniCredit has offered a large discount on new shares it is selling to raise capital to meet new capital requirements.

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MF Global’s U.K. staff may not receive bonuses pledged before bankruptcy

MF Global Holdings Ltd. (MF)’s U.K. employees owed bonuses by the failed broker were placed behind most other creditors in the bankruptcy process and may never receive their money.

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Euro zone inflation eases, boosts rate cut expectations

Eurozone inflation eased in December, the first sign of a fall that analysts expect to create room for interest rate cuts.

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Hungarian forint declines to record low

The Hungarian currency has tumbles to a record low, and bond yields have risen, on speculation that aid talks with the IMF and EU will not be completed in the first half of the year.

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