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05/18/2020 | 11:16am EDT
Investors Bet on ECB While Lapping Up Risky Government Bonds 

Investors are lapping up a record amount of Southern European sovereign debt in a hunt for yield, and counting on the region's central bank to backstop the riskiest bonds.

The Fed's Big Challenge: Lending Directly to Businesses 

The Federal Reserve is preparing to lend directly to middle-market businesses, filling a hole left by the government's economic-crisis relief efforts, and it is shaping up to be one of the trickiest things it has ever done.

Financial Services Roundup: Market Talk 

The latest Market Talks covering Financial Services

Saudi Sovereign-Wealth Fund Buys Stakes in Facebook, Boeing, Disney 

In the coronavirus pandemic's financial fallout, Saudi Arabia's sovereign-wealth fund has emerged as one of the world's biggest bargain hunters, taking minority stakes worth billions of dollars in America corporations.

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Dumps Goldman Sachs Holdings 

Berkshire Hathaway slashed the bulk of its holdings in Goldman Sachs during the first quarter, the conglomerate said in a securities filing, reflecting a coda of sorts to an investment born of the financial crisis.

Blackstone's Gavilan Resources Files for Bankruptcy 

Gavilan Resources, an oil and gas company formed by buyout firm Blackstone Group, has filed for bankruptcy protection, a victim of the collapse in energy prices and a long-running commercial dispute with a rival Texas shale driller.

Hedge Fund Wins Postponement of Quorum Bankruptcy Exit 

Mudrick Capital Management won a three-week delay in the bankruptcy-exit plans of Quorum Health, with a judge mentioning the hospital operator's "potential lack of candor" about how much it received in government funds.

When Failure Is an Option: A Trading Tactic Soaks Investors 

Who doesn't love getting to YES? Turns out some UBS clients have regrets about the firm's Yield Enhancement Strategy.

How French Banks Lost Big in the Complex World of Structured Finance 

Structured products had been big money earners for BNP Paribas and Société Générale. But the banks have been among Europe's worst-hit financial stocks this year.

Pandemic Insurance for Poor Countries Pays Out $195.8 Million 

A novel pandemic bond is paying out, delivering money for Covid-19 health care in some of the world's poorest countries and providing lessons that big investors will scrutinize for future iterations of the security.


Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
AT HOME GROUP INC. -1.66% 6.535 Delayed Quote.20.73%
BYD COMPANY LIMITED 6.04% 72 End-of-day quote.85.33%
JUST GROUP PLC -2.54% 47.66 Delayed Quote.-38.10%
LETS HOLDINGS GROUP CO., LTD. 0.98% 11.33 End-of-day quote.87.58%
LONDON BRENT OIL 0.72% 43.24 Delayed Quote.-35.21%
LOOK HOLDINGS INCORPORATED 6.14% 726 End-of-day quote.-42.01%
THE GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP, INC. 4.90% 207.2 Delayed Quote.-14.15%
THE NEW HOME COMPANY INC. 1.25% 3.24 Delayed Quote.-31.33%
WILL GROUP, INC. 5.03% 668 End-of-day quote.-46.65%
WORLD CO., LTD. 6.68% 1596 End-of-day quote.-40.69%
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