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London Property Bubble Bursting? UK In Unchartered Territory On Brexit and Election Mess

- London property bubble bursting? UK in unchartered territory on Brexit and election mess
- Evidence of downturn in London housing market

- Over 75% of London homes now selling below asking price
- Prime north London property down 6 per cent annually
- House prices have not fallen for three consecutive months since the 2009 crisis
- Bank of England report expresses worry over UK property market
- ‘Adverse shock’ to UK economy may amplify negative feedback loop

- Increased political and economic uncertainty has weakened fragile London buyer sentiment
- Bank of England Financial Stability Report: "Mortgages are the largest loan exposure for UK lenders"
- BOE FSR refers to a "self-reinforcing feedback loop" that, if triggered, would cause another 2008-style crisis in the UK

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Italy Bails Out Two Failed Banks; Cost To Taxpayers: $17 Billion

Two weeks after the first, and biggest, European bank bail-in took place under the relatively new European bank resolution mechanism, the EBRD, when Spain's Banco Popular wiped out the holders of its most risky securities, including equity and AT bonds, and then selling what was left of the bank to Santander for €1 - a process that took place without a glitch -  Italy may have just killed any hope of a European banking union, when the bailout of two small banks made a "mockery" of Europe's new regulation.

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Trump Cornered: White House Pushing To Weaken Russia Sanctions Bill

After the Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill to implement new sanctions against Russia over "interference in the 2016 U.S. elections" and curbs President Trump’s power to ease penalties against Moscow in the future - without consultations with US allies in Europe -  President Trump has found himself cornered in what appears to be a lose-lose position.

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"That Must Not Happen": Germany Threatens US With Retaliation Over New Russia Sanctions

One day after the Senate almost unanimously passed a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia, an unexpected outcry against the US decision emerged from two of America's closest allies, Germany and Austria, who yesterday slammed the new sanctions and accused the U.S. of having ulterior motives in seeking to enforce the energy blockade, which they said is trying to help American natural gas suppliers at the expense of their Russian rivals. And they warned the threat of fining European companies participating in the Nord Stream 2 project "introduces a completely new, very negative dimension into European-American relations."

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