Blackstone Is Taking A Break From Russia

Well, not so much a break as a permanent hiatus from repeatedly banging its head against an increasingly hard wall. Read more »

The Russian invasion and annexation of the Crimea and its aftershocks (like, you know, blowing a 777 out of the sky followed by increasing Western sanctions) aren’t good for business. But banks that do business in and with Russia—namely, all of them, but particularly Raiffeisen Bank and Unicredit and the like—aren’t sweating it. “I do not see any reason to question our business in Russia,” Raiffeisen CEO Karl Sevelda offered. “We still consider Russia to be an attractive banking market.” Attractive and growing, at least in terms of square mileage.

Scotland splitting from the U.K., however, is a totally different—and much, much more serious matter, at least according to HSBC Chairman Douglas Flint. Read more »

  • 30 Jul 2014 at 12:16 PM
  • Banks

Brian Moynihan Imposing His Own Sanctions On Russia

The amount of money Bank of America stands to lose if Vladimir Putin continues to be Vladimir Putin is getting smaller and smaller every quarter. Read more »

It seems that Russian acquisitiveness had been manifesting itself in less sovereignty-curtailing, military-dolphin-training ways until recently. Read more »

  • 03 Apr 2014 at 11:00 AM

The Profits Of Neutrality

The Swiss have never let unprovoked aggression deter them from doing business with the aggressors, and this long, proud tradition of profiting at others’ expense continues. Plus, they’ve already given up enough lucrative endeavors at the behest of Washington. Read more »

Some hedge fund managers simply cannot believe that the rather unimpressive sanctions imposed in the phony Cold War between Russia and the west (due to the slightly-less phony war between Russia and the Ukrainian navy, itself due to Vladimir Putin’s need for a peninsular paradise in which to vacation, or something) are the end of the story. And, whatever happens, they would prefer not to lose money on the story. Ideally, they’d like to make some. Read more »

  • 11 Dec 2013 at 5:16 PM

The Ruble Is Ready To Take Its Rightful Place

Russia knows what you’re thinking: You’d like to make the currency of the world’s leading kleptocracy’s the next dollar or euro. But there’s something missing. It’s not the corruption or lawlessness or instability or dead lawyers. It’s just that you shouldn’t have to write out “ruble” over and over and over again.

Everyone knows that real currencies—reserve currencies—have a symbol, a way to turn four or five or six keystrokes into one. And what better way to find one than with an online poll? Read more »