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Financial extortion: Wirecard threatened with fresh short-selling attack

Financial extortion

Wirecard threatened with fresh short-selling attack

Handelsblatt has learned that the German financial services firm received a demand for payment to avoid negative media coverage. Prosecutors are investigating.

By Daniel Schäfer, Andreas Kröner

Bad bet: Deutsche loses $1.6 billion on bond portfolio insured by Buffett: WSJ

Bad bet

Deutsche loses $1.6 billion on bond portfolio insured by Buffett: WSJ

Buying $140 million in insurance from Berkshire Hathaway did little to protect Germany’s largest bank from its poor investment decision.

By Andrew Bulkeley

Online payments: Paydirekt, Germany’s answer to Paypal, is treading water

Online payments

Paydirekt, Germany’s answer to Paypal, is treading water

The online payment service has failed to meet expectations but key owners such as Deutsche Bank think it can differentiate itself from US rivals by stressing its commitment to protecting client data.

By Elisabeth Atzler, Andreas Kröner

Dividend stripping: Swiss bank turns tables on German lawyer in tax evasion case

Dividend stripping

Swiss bank turns tables on German lawyer in tax evasion case

A German attorney faces an unusual trial in Switzerland for exposing a financial scandal involving J. Safra Sarasin, the Basel-based lender.

By Volker Votsmeier, Sönke Iwersen

Short-selling: BaFin bans short sales of Wirecard shares after market cap battered

Short-selling

BaFin bans short sales of Wirecard shares after market cap battered

Germany's financial watchdog takes an unusual step to protect what is seen as one of the most promising upstarts in Europe's biggest economy.

By Andrew Bulkeley

The Communards: Berlin’s lack of housing prompts radical expropriation initiative

The Communards

Berlin’s lack of housing prompts radical expropriation initiative

The capital’s lefty government is mulling ever more extreme measures to close the housing gap, even as burdensome regulations slow new building.

By Matthias Streit, Silke Kersting

Deutsche Bank: Postbank integration, operations cuts to eliminate 1,950 jobs

Deutsche Bank

Postbank integration, operations cuts to eliminate 1,950 jobs

Merging retail operations has already cut outlays by half a billion euros, bringing Germany's largest bank closer to its cost-cutting target.

By Yasmin Osman

Feuding feudals: Aristocrats scrap over fairytale castle

Feuding feudals

Aristocrats scrap over fairytale castle

A prominent German patriarch and his son are squabbling over their palatial home. It was to be donated to the state, but that plan is on ice as their feud draws in other European royal families.

By Christian Rickens

Bafin opens probe: Wirecard's Singapore office searched by police

Bafin opens probe

Wirecard's Singapore office searched by police

Shares in the payments service giant nosedived again as its Asian operations were raided over possible accounting fraud. Germany's financial watchdog is investigating the stock's gyrations.

By Jeremy Gray, Christian Schnell, Leonidas Exuzidis

Profitability first: ECB said to set terms for Deutsche-Commerzbank merger

Profitability first

ECB said to set terms for Deutsche-Commerzbank merger

European bank regulators say any marriage between the two lenders will require a viable business model, according to a German media report.

By Allison Williams, Yasmin Osman

Bitcoin Bourse: Stuttgart Stock Exchange becomes first regulated market with cryptocurrency trading

Bitcoin Bourse

Stuttgart Stock Exchange becomes first regulated market with cryptocurrency trading

The regional stock market wants to be in the vanguard of digital asset trading. But it’s also taking a huge risk and it has to rely on non-German platforms for the actual buying and selling.

By Felix Holtermann, Andreas Kröner

Stock plummets: Wirecard hit by report of accounting and contract irregularities in Asia

Stock plummets

Wirecard hit by report of accounting and contract irregularities in Asia

The Financial Times cites documents describing potential fraud and money laundering at the German payments firm.

By Darrell Delamaide

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