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27 июня, 12:09

The ‘international man of mystery’ linked to Flynn’s lobbying deal

David Zaikin made Russian energy deals, advised Eastern European parties, brokered condos at Toronto’s Trump Tower, and teamed up with the man who hired Michael Flynn.

27 июня, 00:40

Главный двигатель неравенства - управляющие активами

Массивные утечки данных об уклонении от уплаты налогов, в том числе и скандал "Panama papers", привлекли внимание к роли мировой элиты в вопросах роста неравенства, в котором принимают участие как политики, бизнесмены, так и звезды мировой величины.

27 июня, 00:40

Главный двигатель неравенства - управляющие активами

Массивные утечки данных об уклонении от уплаты налогов, в том числе и скандал Panama papers, привлекли внимание к роли мировой элиты в вопросах роста неравенства, в котором принимают участие как политики, бизнесмены, так и звезды мировой величины.

19 июня, 22:55

Michael Flynn Worked With Foreign Cyberweapons Group That Sold Spyware Used Against Political Dissidents

function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); WASHINGTON ― While serving as a top campaign aide to Donald Trump, former national security adviser Michael Flynn made tens of thousands of dollars on the side advising a company that sold surveillance technology that repressive governments used to monitor activists and journalists.  Flynn, who resigned in February after mischaracterizing his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., has already come under scrutiny for taking money from foreign outfits. Federal investigators began probing Flynn’s lobbying efforts on behalf of a Dutch company led by a businessman with ties to the Turkish government earlier this year. Flynn’s moonlighting wasn’t typical: Most people at the top level of major presidential campaigns do not simultaneously lobby for any entity, especially not foreign governments. It’s also unusual for former U.S. intelligence officials to work with foreign cybersecurity outfits. Nor was Flynn’s work with foreign entities while he was advising Trump limited to his Ankara deal. He earned nearly $1.5 million last year as a consultant, adviser, board member, or speaker for more than three dozen companies and individuals, according to financial disclosure forms released earlier this year. Two of those entities are directly linked to NSO Group, a secretive Israeli cyberweapons dealer founded by Omri Lavie and Shalev Hulio, who are rumored to have served in Unit 8200, the Israeli equivalent of the National Security Agency. Flynn received $40,280 last year as an advisory board member for OSY Technologies, an NSO Group offshoot based in Luxembourg, a favorite tax haven for major corporations. OSY Technologies is part of a corporate structure that runs from Israel, where NSO Group is located, through Luxembourg, the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Flynn also worked as a consultant last year for Francisco Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm that owns NSO Group, but he did not disclose how much he was paid. At least two Francisco Partners executives have sat on OSY’s board. Flynn’s financial disclosure forms do not specify the work he did for companies linked to NSO Group, and his lawyer did not respond to requests for comment. Former colleagues at Flynn’s consulting firm declined to discuss Flynn’s work with NSO Group. Executives at Francisco Partners who also sit on the OSY Technologies board did not respond to emails. Lavie, the NSO Group co-founder, told HuffPost he is “not interested in speaking to the press” and referred questions to a spokesman, who did not respond to queries. Many government and military officials have moved through the revolving door between government agencies and private cybersecurity companies. The major players in the cybersecurity contracting world ― SAIC, Booz Allen Hamilton, CACI Federal and KeyW Corporation ― all have former top government officials in leadership roles or on their boards, or have former top executives working in government. But it’s less common for former U.S. intelligence officials to work with foreign cybersecurity outfits. “There is a lot of opportunity in the U.S. to do this kind of work,” said Ben Johnson, a former NSA employee and the co-founder of Obsidian Security. “It’s a little bit unexpected going overseas, especially when you combine that with the fact that they’re doing things that might end up in hands of enemies of the U.S. government. It does seem questionable.”   What is clear is that during the time Flynn was working for NSO’s Luxembourg affiliate, one of the company’s main products — a spy software sold exclusively to governments and marketed as a tool for law enforcement officials to monitor suspected criminals and terrorists — was being used to surveil political dissidents, reporters, activists, and government officials. The software, called Pegasus, allowed users to remotely break into a target’s cellular phone if the target responded to a text message. Last year, several people targeted by the spyware contacted Citizen Lab, a cybersecurity research team based out of the University of Toronto. With the help of experts at the computer security firm Lookout, Citizen Lab researchers were able to trace the spyware hidden in the texts back to NSO Group spyware. After Citizen Lab publicized its findings, Apple introduced patches to fix the vulnerability. It is not known how many activists in other countries were targeted and failed to report it to experts. NSO Group told Forbes in a statement last year that it complies with strict export control laws and only sells to authorized government agencies. “The company does NOT operate any of its systems; it is strictly a technology company,” NSO Group told Forbes. But once a sale is complete, foreign governments are free to do what they like with the technology. “The government buys [the technology] and can use it however they want,” Bill Marczak, one of the Citizen Lab researchers, told HuffPost. “They’re basically digital arms merchants.” The month before Flynn joined the advisory board of OSY Technologies, NSO Group opened up a new arm called WestBridge Technologies, Inc., in the D.C. region. (The company was originally registered in Delaware in 2014, but formed in Maryland in April 2016.) Led by NSO Group co-founder Lavie, WestBridge is vying for federal government contracts for NSO Group’s products. Hiring Flynn would provide NSO Group with a well-connected figure in Washington, to help get its foot in the door of the notoriously insular world of secret intelligence budgeting.  “When you’re trying to build up your business, you need someone who has connections, someone who is seen as an authority and a legitimate presence,” Johnson said. Hiring someone with Flynn’s background in intelligence would “open up doors that they wouldn’t have had access to,” Johnson said. Throughout 2016, Flynn worked for a number of cybersecurity firms personally and through his consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group. In addition to his advisory board seat at OSY Technologies, he sat on the boards of Adobe Systems, a large software company with Pentagon contracts, and the boards of the cybersecurity companies GreenZone Systems and HALO Privacy. He also had a spot on the advisory council at Palo Alto Networks, a San Francisco-based cybersecurity company with offices in the D.C. region.  It’s a little bit unexpected going overseas, especially when you combine that with the fact that they’re doing things that might end up in hands of enemies of the U.S. government. Ben Johnson, former NSA employee Prominent human rights activists and political dissidents have reported being targeted by NSO’s technology. On August 10, 2016, Ahmed Mansoor, an internationally recognized Emirati human rights activist, received a text message prompting him to click a link to read “new secrets” about detainees abused in UAE prisons. He got a similar text the next day. But Mansoor, who had already been repeatedly targeted by hackers, knew better than to click the links. Instead, he forwarded the messages to Citizen Lab. Citizen Lab soon determined that NSO Group’s malware exploited an undisclosed mobile phone vulnerability, known as a zero-day exploit, that enabled its customers ― that is, foreign governments ― to surveil a target’s phone after the target clicked the link included in the phishing text message. If Mansoor had clicked that link, his “phone would have become a digital spy in his pocket, capable of employing his phone camera and microphone to snoop on activity in the vicinity of the device, recording his WhatsApp and Viber calls, logging messages sent in mobile chat apps, and tracking his movements,” Citizen Lab wrote in a report. Across the globe in Mexico, where Coca-Cola and PepsiCo were working to repeal a tax on sodas imposed in 2014, two activists and a government-employed scientist, all of whom supported the soda tax, received a series of suspicious text messages. The texts, which became increasingly aggressive and threatening, came as the scientist and the activists were preparing a public relations campaign in support of raising the soda tax and promoting awareness of the health risks linked to sugary beverages. Dr.  Simón Barquera, researcher at Mexico’s National Institute for Public Health, received a text on July 11, 2016, inviting him to click a link the sender said would lead him to a detailed investigation of his clinic. When Barquera didn’t follow through, the texts escalated. On the 12th, he got a text with a link to a purported court document, which the sender claimed mentioned Barquera by name. On the 13th, yet another text included a link that supposedly contained information about a funeral. The day after that, the sender wrote, “You are an asshole Simon, while you are working I’m fucking your old lady here is a photo.” The final text Barquera received in August said that his daughter was in “grave condition” after an accident, and included a link that would supposedly tell him where she was being treated. Alejandro Calvillo, director of the consumer rights nonprofit El Poder del Consumidor, received a text with a link claiming to be from a man who wanted to know if Calvillo could attend the man’s father’s funeral. Another text sent to Calvillo included a link that the sender said was a viral news story that mentioned him. The final target, Luis Encarnación, a coordinator for the obesity prevention group Coalicion ContraPESO, also received a text with a link claiming that he was named in a news article. The targets quickly got in touch with Citizen Lab and forwarded their text messages to the researchers. In February 2017, Citizen Lab released a new report linking NSO Group’s technology to the phishing attempts targeting the pro-soda tax campaigners. Citizen Lab researchers have also identified texts sent last summer to Mexican journalist Rafael Cabrera that they believe were an attempt to infect his phone with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware. Cabrera, who now works for BuzzFeed Mexico, was targeted by hackers after he broke a story revealing a potential conflict of interest with the Mexican first family and a Chinese company.   Citizen Lab believes NSO Group may have also sold its mobile phone spying technology to many governments, including those of Kenya, Mozambique, Yemen, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Morocco, Hungary, Nigeria and Bahrain.   Working with repressive regimes is standard practice in the cyberweapons industry. The Italian surveillance malware firm Hacking Team has worked with dozens of countries known to jail dissidents, according to emails uploaded to WikiLeaks. The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency were among the company’s customers, according to the documents. Despite recent scrutiny over Mansoor’s case, NSO Group’s value has exploded in recent years. Francisco Partners bought the cyberweapons dealer in 2014 for $120 million. It is now reportedly valued at over $1 billion. The human rights activists targeted with the company’s software haven’t fared as well. Mansoor was arrested in the UAE in March after he signed a letter calling for the release of political prisoners. He remains behind bars. CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said that Ahmed Mansoor is a human rights attorney. He is a human rights activist.  -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

15 июня, 16:04

Consolidated Water (CWCO) Rides on Acquisitions & Expansion

Consolidated Water Co. (CWCO) is benefiting from acquisitions and expansion of operations in regions having significant demand for potable water.

11 июня, 16:13

Танкер с 1,8 тыс тонн топлива дрейфует у вьетнамского острова Фукуй

Судно Chemroad Journеу под флагом Каймановых островов и водоизмещением более 20 тонн вышло из Сингапура и двигалось в один из китайских портов, - сообщает агентство «Синьхуа». Танкер перевозит около 1,7 тысячи тонн мазута и 113 тонн дизельного топлива. 27 человек находятся на борту танкера. Власти Вьетнама сообщили, что готовы помочь судну, если получат запрос.

07 июня, 14:00

Зачем США борются с офшорами

Офшорам в мире объявлена война. Вывод в офшорные юрисдикции капиталов и активов компаний наносит странам, из которых они бегут, серьёзнейший ущерб: эти страны лишаются инвестиций, производственных мощностей, рабочих мест; государственные бюджеты недополучают налоги; снижается управляемость национальной экономики. Война против офшоров выражается в том, что, с одной стороны, на международном уровне происходит демонтаж офшоров; с другой […]

06 июня, 16:10

Битва за потолок госдолга США начинается

Москва, 6 июня - "Вести.Экономика" После 8 лет обещаний республиканцев использовать голосование по потолку долга как рычаг в вопросах сокращения расходов, демократы, кажется, намерены проделать то же самое.

06 июня, 15:23

Битва за потолок госдолга США начинается

Москва, 6 июня - "Вести.Экономика" После 8 лет обещаний республиканцев использовать голосование по потолку долга как рычаг в вопросах сокращения расходов, демократы, кажется, намерены проделать то же самое.

06 июня, 14:49

Битва за потолок госдолга США начинается

После 8 лет обещаний республиканцев использовать голосование по потолку долга как рычаг в вопросах сокращения расходов, демократы, кажется, намерены проделать то же самое.

06 июня, 14:49

Битва за потолок госдолга США начинается

После 8 лет обещаний республиканцев использовать голосование по потолку долга как рычаг в вопросах сокращения расходов, демократы, кажется, намерены проделать то же самое.

06 июня, 00:29

Southwest Airlines (LUV) Begins CVG Flights to Spread Wings

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) has begun flight service at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG).

05 июня, 11:57

Компания Herbalife повысила прогноз по прибыли

Производитель пищевых добавок Herbalife, зарегистрированный на Каймановых островах, повысил прогнозы по прибыли на второй квартал с окончанием 30 июня, однако отметил, что ожидает падения квартального объема продаж. По оценкам компании, скорректированная прибыль составит от 95 центов до 115 центов на одну акцию, тогда как ранее прогнозировалась прибыль в размере 88-108 центов на бумагу. В то же время, продажи в текущем отчетном периоде могут снизиться на 2-6% ввиду перехода к новым правилам Федеральной торговой комиссии США и ухудшения результатов деятельности в Мексике.

05 июня, 09:51

Компания Herbalife повысила прогноз по прибыли

Производитель пищевых добавок Herbalife, зарегистрированный на Каймановых островах, повысил прогнозы по прибыли на второй квартал с окончанием 30 июня, однако отметил, что ожидает падения квартального объема продаж. По оценкам компании, скорректированная прибыль составит от 95 центов до 115 центов на одну акцию, тогда как ранее прогнозировалась прибыль в размере 88-108 центов на бумагу. В то же время, продажи в текущем отчетном периоде могут снизиться на 2-6% ввиду перехода к новым правилам Федеральной торговой комиссии США и ухудшения результатов деятельности в Мексике.

03 июня, 01:09

The Most Expensive Hurricanes Ever to Hit the US

Loss and heartache aside, hurricanes cost the United States billions of dollars -- and the effects are everlasting.

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01 июня, 00:30

Premier League clubs bank record income of £3.65bn – a £200m increase

• Manchester United biggest earners in 2015-16 with £515m• Clubs wage bill hits £2.25bn but remains sustainable 61% of incomeThe 20 Premier League clubs earned record income of £3.649bn in the last year before the more lucrative TV deal began, a Guardian analysis has revealed. The financial statements of the clubs in the Premier League in 2015-16, the most recent year for which accounts have been published, showed they made £200m more than in the previous year that was itself a record.By far the biggest earners were Manchester United; the accounts for the main United company, registered in the Cayman Islands tax haven, showed income of £515m. It was £123m higher than the club with the next highest income, Manchester City. Continue reading...

29 мая, 17:36

С пакетом менее 1% не беспокоить: Чемезов, Алекперов и Маганов умерят пыл миноритариев?

«Татнефть»  поддержала «четверку» госкорпораций, попросившую президента РФ ограничить доступ к корпоративной информации для миноритариев. Недавно один из таких мини-акционеров раскритиковал дивидендную политику татарской нефтяной компании и ее непрофильные вложения. Эксперты, опрошенные «БИЗНЕС Online», разошлись в оценке инициативы: одни сокрушаются, что это ударит по фондовому рынку, а другие соглашаются, что ряд акционеров порой попросту злоупотребляет доверием эмитента.

26 мая, 03:35

Offshore Gold Storage - A Look Inside The Cayman Vault

Submitted by Jeff Thomas via SWPCayman.com, "If your gold is outside the US, it gives you another degree of insulation should the United States decide that you shouldn’t own it — it's not a reportable asset." - Doug Casey, May 2017 I’ve been a holder of gold since the 1970’s. At that time, I was purchasing gold and silver for business reasons and found that, as the price was steadily increasing, I would be wise to buy more than I needed immediately, as I would most certainly profit from it in the near future. At that time, I was buying most of my precious metals in Hatton Garden, the centre for metals in London and, in talking with my more experienced associates, I learned that gold doesn’t just make pretty jewellery, it has, for over 5000 years, served as man’s best economic insurance policy. Since the creation of the first fiat currency in China, ca. 600 AD, governments have had the annoying habit of creating fiat currencies. It has taken many forms, including tobacco, shells, cattle, even tulips in 17th Century Holland. Over the centuries there have been countless fiat currencies. Most of them have been paper currencies and, with the exception of the present-day fiat currencies, all have eventually become worth exactly zero. Not a very good track record. But whenever this has happened, gold has regained its lustre and saved the day, providing a solid means to store wealth. Although governments and bankers have done all they can to discredit gold and discourage its use, gold invariably outlives them all. Whenever history has seen periods of dramatic overreach by banks and/or governments, gold once again re-establishes the very definition of money. Today, we’re passing through one of these eras of overreach and, not surprisingly, those who are farsighted are quietly building up their store of gold, to protect them when the latest form of fiat currency joins the rest that have collapsed over the centuries. But, having realized the need to own gold and then beginning to build up a portfolio, the holder asks himself, “Where should I keep it?” The obvious answer is at home, or somewhere very close, so that he may get to it if need be. During good economic times, this may well mean in a safe deposit box in a bank, but in times like the present, when governments (the EU, US and Canada, amongst others) have recently passed laws allowing banks to confiscate deposits and raid safe deposit boxes, the last choice for safe storage would be a bank. This leads us to the “at home” option. This is actually a good one. If you have a yard where neither dogs nor gardeners tend to dig holes, “midnight gardening” can indeed be a good solution for small amounts of gold storage. Or, for a neater and more easily accessible solution, a home safe might work well. (You would, of course, want it to be well-concealed and you’d need to install it yourself, or the installers might get ideas.) But, when turbulent times come, as they have recently, this only works well if you own a small amount of gold, say 10 ounces or less. If you hold more at home, you run into the problem of governments. In 1933, US President Franklin Roosevelt demanded that all gold be turned in to the government. He subsequently revalued it and, in doing so, robbed its rightful owners of a 69% increase in their wealth. Unfortunately, since we know that the EU, US and Canada have all passed confiscation laws, those jurisdictions are no longer safe places to store wealth. Ten ounces of gold may be regarded as an emergency stash but, beyond that, another jurisdiction is needed – one that’s not threatened by confiscation laws. What I recommend to investors is to first choose the best jurisdiction that’s relatively near to you, then pick the safest storage facility within that jurisdiction. In Europe, Austria is a good choice and Das Safe is an excellent depository. In Asia, Singapore is an excellent jurisdiction and The Safe House is an exceptional choice. However, the Western Hemisphere is a different story. There are quite a few excellent depositories in the US and Canada, but, as stated above, these jurisdictions are no longer safe. In my travels elsewhere in the hemisphere, I’ve been disappointed to find that, whilst there are jurisdictions that are safer than North America, the depositories there leave a great deal to be desired. (On one occasion, in Uruguay, I looked at the outside of the building and never even went in. Although it was considered the premier facility there, it didn’t come close to my expectations.) Others, such as those in Panama, have been equally disappointing. What the depositor should be after is a facility that’s heavily reinforced on all six sides (meaning that ceiling and foundation must be just as impenetrable as the walls). In addition, it would need a Class III bullion vault – the equal of the best bank vaults. Furthermore, it should have multiple security doors and man-traps, assuring that no one who enters can make a dash for the door, eliminating the temptation for theft. Unfortunately, to my present knowledge, there’s only one depository in the Western Hemisphere that ticks all the boxes. Or perhaps I should put that another way: Fortunately, there is a depository in the Western Hemisphere that ticks all the boxes. That depository is Strategic Wealth Preservation (SWP) in the Cayman Islands. Most importantly, it’s located in and exceptional jurisdiction as regards wealth safety. And, by this I mean: The is no direct taxation in the Cayman Islands. No taxes or duties that apply to the purchase, ownership, storage or sales of precious metals. No capital gains tax; no inheritance tax. World-class financial system to provide auxiliary services. Stable government with consistent history for economic stability that caters to international investors. Minimal wealth legislation and regulation, to assure a minimum of red tape in processing purchases, sales, transfers and shipment of metals. Secondly, SWP ticks all the boxes as to being a top bullion storage facility. Further, the SWP storage contracts were designed to take the best from each of the world’s other depositories, having been vetted by one of the world’s most respected gold analysts (who, possibly not coincidentally, became the first depositor). Also, it’s only an hour by air from the US. It’s also essential that your deposit is fully insured and that the storage be fully documented, allocated and segregated, as in the photo below of an incoming deposit: For Americans, an offshore gold IRA is becoming an essential and SWP has an excellent relationship with US-based IRA administrator New Direction IRA allowing American citizens to hold gold in their self-directed IRAs and LLCs offshore in SWP’s vault. Over the past decades that I’ve been advising people on geographical economic diversification, I’ve often said that the coming events themselves are relatively easy to predict, but the timing is not. To me, the one clearest indicator of timeframe is that, the closer a crash gets, the more events will increase in both frequency and magnitude. Based upon that premise, we’re drawing quite close to the first of the crashes, as we’re now seeing significant events almost daily. This tells us that our time is limited and that our long-term plans for wealth preservation need to be in place now. Whatever choice the reader makes to safeguard his wealth, he will need to do it very soon. Time is very clearly running out. SWP’s Cayman Islands vault represents a very good option for offshore wealth preservation in the Western Hemisphere.

19 мая, 19:52

Россия опять инвестирует в облигации США

В марте Россия инвестировала 13,5 млрд. долларов в облигации правительства США, более известные как "казначейские ценные бумаги". Согласно данным, опубликованным американским казначейством, в общей сложности Россия вложила почти 100 млрд. в долговые бумаги США.Россия третий месяц подряд покупает государственные облигации США.Одной из основных причин увеличения инвестиций является то, что Россия начала пополнять свои валютные резервы, которые резко снизились, из-за прошлогоднего падения цен на нефть до самого низкого уровня с 2003 года.Когда цены на нефть начали падать в конце 2014 года, экономика и валюта России последовали за ними. Ввод экономических санкции США и ЕС против России способствовали негативным тенденциям в экономике.России рубль достиг рекордно низкого уровня в начале 2016 года, когда цены на нефть упали до 26 долларов США за баррель.Благодаря действиям российского правительства и ЦБ, которые направили резервный фонд на поддержание курса рубля, девальвация национальной валюты была поставлена под контроль.До падения цен на нефть, российские инвестиции в гособлигации США составляли около 150 млрд. долларов США. В 2015 году они сократились до 66.5 млрд.В течение последних 12 месяцев цены на нефть выросли почти до 50 долларов США за баррель, и российский рубль отреагировал на это укреплением на 14%.В сложившихся условиях Россия начала пополнить свои валютные запасы.Большинство стран предпочитают держать валютные резервы в казначейских облигациях США, поскольку они считаются одним из самых безопасных инвестиционных инструментов в мире.Эксперты утверждают, российские инвестиции в американские гособлигации могут, на самом деле, быть намного выше заявленных сумм, и храниться на счетах в налоговых гаванях, таких как Швейцария, Каймановы острова и Люксембург. Тем не менее, в настоящее время невозможно точно определить таких сделок.Официальная цифра российских инвестиций в казначейские ценные бумаги США составляет 100 млрд. долларов - это средний показатель. Например, такие страны как Китай и Япония хранят более 1 триллиона долларов США в американских гособлигациях.(http://www.vigiljournal.c...)

16 мая, 17:21

Доллар снова накормят из российского бюджета

Увеличив долю гособлигаций США в международных резервах, Россия надеется увеличить доходность этих вложений. Доллар будет дорожать, а процентные ставки расти - объясняют это решение эксперты валютного рынка

01 марта 2014, 18:07

Россия сократила объемы вложений в гособлигации минфина США

В нынешнем году Россия оказалась на 22 месте среди основных держателей американских ценных бумагМатериал из 1 страницыРоссия за год сократила объемы вложений в гособлигации министерства финансов США. Об этом говорится в распространенном в пятницу докладе американского финансового ведомства.Документ носит предварительный характер, его окончательная версия будет опубликована в конце апреля. В докладе приводятся данные на 30 июня 2013 года с учетом владений иностранных государств в акциях и долговых обязательствах.Указывается, что к этому сроку российский портфель оценивался в 139 млрд долларов, причем все они приходились на долю долгосрочных долговых обязательств. Годом ранее этот показатель составлял 164 млрд долларов, из которых 158 млрд долларов - долгосрочные, а еще около 6 млрд долларов - краткосрочные долговые обязательства.В нынешнем году Россия оказалась на 22 месте среди основных держателей американских ценных бумаг. Лидирует же Япония, чей пакет составляет 1,76 трлн долларов, а на втором месте идет Китай - 1,73 трлн долларов. Третью позицию занимают Каймановы острова с 1,16 трлн долларов.В целом объем иностранных инвестиций в американские акции, долгосрочные и краткосрочные долговые обязательства выросли за год почти на 9 процентов. В конце июня 2013 года они составили 14,4 трлн долларов. http://itar-tass.com/ekonomika/1012854

05 ноября 2012, 11:10

HSBC заплатит штраф в $1,5 млрд

Крупнейший европейский банк HSBC Holdings Plc должен будет выплатить штраф в $1,5 млрд из-за недостаточного контроля за отмыванием денег. Ранее руководство банка уже признало свою вину и принесло свои извинения перед сенатом США.Столь крупный штраф банк готов выплатить, чтобы избежать официального расследования. Причем сумма более чем в 2 раза превосходит объем резервируемого объема средств для подобных ситуаций. Ранее аналитики прогнозировали, что штрафы за подобную халатность могут составить до $1 млрд.Еще в июле этого месяца банк был уличен в обслуживании многочисленных преступных группировок, включая наркосиндикаты. По результатам анализа 1,4 млн внутренних документов банка и опроса 75 сотрудников стало ясно, что недостаточный контроль со стороны банка позволил преступным группировкам направлять свои средства в финансовую систему США. Более того, согласно публикациям ряда СМИ HSBC участвовал в крайне сомнительных операциях в различных регионах и странах мира, включая Каймановы острова, Иран, Саудовскую Аравию, Мексику и Сирию."Наши меры предотвращения и противодействия легализации доходов, полученных преступным путем, в период между 2004 и 2010 годами должны были быть более надежными и эффективными, и мы не смогли выявить случаи неприемлемого поведения и предотвратить их", - заявил глава банка Стюарт Гулливер.Однако ситуация выглядит гораздо серьезнее, если вспомнить, что еще в 2003 г. американские регуляторы предупреждали банк и просили ужесточить контроль за отмыванием денег. Получается, что за 9 лет HSBC даже не постарался исправить ситуацию. Ранее в аналогичную ситуацию попал нидерландский банк ING. Банк признался в том, что с начала 1990-х гг. по 2007 г. незаконно провел через американские банки $1,6 млрд, скрывая характер сделок. Компания также помогала свои клиентам лучше спрятать информацию, которой могли бы заинтересоваться власти. Таким образом, граждане Кубы и Ирана могли вести дела с американскими компаниями в обход закона. Штраф стал рекордным для такого рода нарушений - $619 млрд. ING стал четвертой организацией, заплатившей за помощь своим клиентам обходить американские законы. В 2009 г. Credit Suisse выплатил $536 млн, Lloyds TSB - $350 млн. В 2010 г. Barclays был оштрафован на $298 млн.