Poll: Cyprus Banks and Your Money

The banks in Cyprus will reopen tomorrow and let account holders pull up to 300 Euros out a day. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty certain that if I lived in Cyprus I would want to get all on my money out of the bank as soon as I could. We thought we would ask our readers.....

What would you do if you had money in a Cyprus bank?

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Banks preparing for reopening in Cyprus

Cyprus has imposed limits on money transfers and hired extra security guards to prepare for the reopening of its banks, which have been shut for almost two weeks to avoid a run during the country's financial drama.
A banking official said Wednesday that new controls will include restrictions on large-scale transfers from the country's two largest and most troubled lenders, Bank of Cyprus and Laiki, when they reopen Thursday. Both are being restructured and big depositors face losses of as much as 40 percent.

Authorities are looking to increase the daily withdrawal limit from 100 euros to 300 euros (from $130 to $386), while payroll payments will be allowed in order to help businesses, which saw a huge slump as people cut down on their spending amid the uncertainty swirling about the banks. Continue reading "Banks preparing for reopening in Cyprus"

Today's Video Update: Cyprus puts lipstick on a pig

Hello traders everywhere! Adam Hewison here, co-founder of MarketClub with your mid-day market update for Monday, the 25th of March.

As the world waited with baited breath this past weekend, the powers that be put together an agreement so Cyprus would not fall out of the Euro and off the face of the earth. I say, it's like putting lipstick on a pig, it still doesn't change the fact that it's a pig. The banks have serious problems in Cyprus and potentially in other countries and "putting lipstick" on the situation may look pretty, but it does not alter the real core problems with the banks. Continue reading "Today's Video Update: Cyprus puts lipstick on a pig"

A look at the eurozone's 5 bailouts

Cyprus' bailout deal is the fifth agreed on so far in the 17-strong group of European Union countries that use the euro since the debt crisis began in late 2009.

Here's a look at the rescue programs:

GREECE - Greece has received two bailout packages from its eurozone partners and the International Monetary Fund. Its problems began in late 2009, when the government admitted that public debt was far higher than official statistics showed. That led it to accept a bailout package of 110 billion euros (worth $142 billion today) in May 2010. When it became clear that bailout was not enough _ because the economy kept weakening _ a second bailout was clinched in February 2012 for another 130 billion euros. That included a writedown on the value of Greek government bonds to lighten Athens' debt burden. Continue reading "A look at the eurozone's 5 bailouts"

Today's Video Update: March Madness may not be about basketball this year

Hello traders everywhere! Adam Hewison here, co-founder of MarketClub with your mid-day market update for Thursday, the 21st of March.

March Madness, May Really Be, March Madness
The NCAA basketball "March Madness" season starts today at noon, ET, however the March madness I am referring to has nothing to do with basketball.

The events in Cyprus and the ramifications it could have for the rest of the EU could be chaotic. Suddenly, there are no adults in the room, and once again we are seeing Russia jump into the fray with all kinds of loan deals, gas deals and donkey deals. How does all this Russian input complicate Cyprus? In my opinion, it presents a massive complication as Russia is not part of the EU and yet they are in the thick of things meddling in what is majorly an EU problem. The Russian interest is from all the money that's deposited from Russia in the banks of Cyprus. This saga has a lot more room to play out and if it is not contained, it has the potential to create a real ripple effect through Europe. Continue reading "Today's Video Update: March Madness may not be about basketball this year"