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    1. FT Alphaville

      October 2, 2012

      The task force vs the banks (finally) (maybe)

      David Dayen of Firedoglake has a useful summary of the ways in which the New York Attorney General’s lawsuit against JP...

    2. March 18, 2012

      Goldman looks to monoline insurance move

      Goldman Sachs is considering offering so-called “monoline” insurance, as it explores new business areas ahead of incoming...

    1. February 18, 2011

      Punch lenders hold pub talks

      Representatives of lenders to Punch Taverns have held initial discussions with potential new operators for the company’s...

    2. February 15, 2011

      Public projects obscured by private finance

      Last week, the UK’s parliamentary public accounts committee published a damning critique of plans to widen the M25, London’s...

    3. FT Alphaville

      January 25, 2011

      A very messy Ambac lawsuit for JPMorgan

      JPMorgan didn’t want this to be made public. You can kind of see why. Quick background — the bank has been engaged in a...

    4. December 1, 2010

      Demands to buy back loans ‘tip of iceberg’

      Investor demands for banks such as Bank of America and JPMorgan to buy back billions of dollars of soured mortgages are only...

    5. FT Alphaville

      November 9, 2010

      Ambac files for bankruptcy

      Ambac Financial Group, the troubled US bond insurer, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday after seeking to negotiate a...

    6. November 1, 2010

      Ambac warns over prospect of bankruptcy

      Ambac, the US bond insurer that once provided triple A guarantees on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of debt, said on...

    7. October 7, 2010

      Lehman settles $6.1bn Ambac dispute

      The estate of Lehman Brothers, the bankrupt investment bank, has settled a $6.1bn dispute with a unit of Ambac Assurance,...

    8. FT Alphaville

      August 31, 2010

      Hedge funds set to sue Ambac

      A group of hedge funds and investment firms that hold debt insured by a business of Ambac Financial Group sought in a US...

    9. June 21, 2010

      More turmoil looms in CDO market

      The recent cancellation of monoline insurance contracts on $16bn of collateralised debt obligations backed by subprime...

    10. June 20, 2010

      More turmoil looms in CDO market

      The recent cancellation of so-called monoline insurance contracts on $16bn of collateralised debt obligations backed by...

    11. June 9, 2010

      Munis Ambacked into corner

      Ambac, the US company that started the municipal bond insurance business in 1971, may soon put another nail in the...

    12. June 9, 2010

      Ambac warns of potential loan default

      NEW YORK, June 8 – Ambac, the bond insurer whose toxic assets were seized by Wisconsin state regulators in March, said it...

    13. April 19, 2010

      Regulator's move risks opening floodgates for subprime lawsuits

      The Securities and Exchange Commission's charges of fraud against Goldman Sachs could prompt a fresh wave of lawsuits by...

    14. FT Alphaville

      March 30, 2010

      Bond insurer blow-up fallout, Las Vegas Monorail edition

      Some excellent reporting from Bloomberg on the side effects of Ambac’s part-seizure by its regulator – and for once, for the...

    15. FT Alphaville

      March 26, 2010

      It's official: Ambac's CDS triggered

      It’s the event Ambac thought would never, ever come: The International Swaps and Derivatives Association, Inc....

    16. March 26, 2010

      Regulators move in on troubled Ambac

      Ambac, the bond insurer that once provided triple A guarantees on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of debt, has had its...

    17. March 25, 2010

      Regulators move in on troubled Ambac

      Ambac, the bond insurer that once provided triple A guarantees on hundreds of billions of dollars worth of debt, has had its...

    18. FT Alphaville

      March 25, 2010

      Ambac's regulator moves in, CDS likely triggered

      Ambac’s shares tumbled more than 20 per cent in mid-morning trade in New York on Thursday, after its regulator moved to take...

    19. March 4, 2010

      MBIA keen to get back into the bond insurance arena

      MBIA, once the biggest bond insurer, has not given up on trying to re-enter the business it once dominated. Insuring debt...

    20. Money Supply

      February 11, 2010

      Delicious Greek ironies

      Three wonderful ironies stand out from the tentative eurozone plan to back Greece in its hour of need. The Eurogroup’s...

    21. January 14, 2010

      It paid not to have a dodgy haircut

      Just over a year ago, a senior banker who is normally an ardent fan of complex finance sent me an e-mail tagged "wow "No...

    22. January 13, 2010

      Global Insight: Still bristling over AIG haircut

      Just over a year ago, a senior banker who is normally an ardent fan of complex finance sent me an e-mail tagged “wow!”. “No...

    23. FT Alphaville

      November 25, 2009

      Bond insurer death watch, FGIC edition

      According to the investor relations section of the website of FGIC, the bond insurer part-owned by PMI Group and Blackstone:...

    24. FT Alphaville

      November 19, 2009

      Ambac attack!

      On Wednesday bond insurer Ambac stunned investors with what looked like good news. Ambac Assurance Corp., the main operating...

    25. November 19, 2009

      Ambac surge fails to offset housing setback

      A rally among bond insurers was not enough to lift Wall Street out of the red in early trading yesterday after the release...

    26. November 19, 2009

      Ambac's rally notenough to counterhousing data setback

      A rally among bond insurers was not enough to lift Wall Street out of the red yesterday after the release of disappointing...

    27. November 18, 2009

      Wall Street slumps after disappointing data

      A rally among bond insurers was not enough to lift Wall Street out of the red on Wednesday after the release of...

    28. FT Alphaville

      November 11, 2009

      Ambac shares plunge on fears

      Shares of US bond insurer Ambac Financial sank 33% on Tuesday after the company warned it may be forced to seek bankruptcy...

    29. FT Alphaville

      November 10, 2009

      Ambac warns of bankruptcy risk

      The train wreck that is the bond insurance industry always provides interesting headlines. MBIA, once the sector’s leading...

    30. August 8, 2009

      Ambac given green light to tap assets

      Ambac Financial, the troubled US bond insurer, yesterday said it had been given clearance to tap its reserves to avoid...

    31. July 31, 2009

      Muni bonds lose ratings after Ambac junked

      Thousands of municipal bonds have lost their ratings and others have been downgraded after Standard & Poor’s this week...

    32. FT Alphaville

      July 28, 2009

      Ambac clings to life (updated)

      RBS analyst Tom Jenkins described Ambac as being “on life support” in a note on Tuesday; FT Alphaville tends to agree. The...

    33. FT Alphaville

      June 17, 2009

      Takefuji in Ambac talks after downgrade

      Takefuji has entered talks with bond insurance group Ambac after S&P downgraded its credit rating to junk, triggering...

    34. June 17, 2009

      Takefuji downgrade spurs Ambac talks

      Takefuji has entered talks with bond insurance group Ambac after its credit rating was downgraded to junk by Standard &...

    35. May 18, 2009

      Correction: Ambac

      * A pie chart accompanying an article about bond insurers published on May 14 showing total guarantee exposures outstanding...

    36. May 14, 2009

      Solvency concerns swirl around bond insurers

      Three weeks ago, Wells Fargo filed a notice that it had failed to receive $5.5m of insurance payments. Payment failures...

    37. May 13, 2009

      Solvency concerns swirl around bond insurers

      Three weeks ago, Wells Fargo filed a notice that it had failed to receive $5.5m of insurance payments. Payment failures are,...

    38. FT Alphaville

      May 12, 2009

      Ambac to file against banks

      Ambac, the bond insurer whose finances have been hit by guarantees on billions of dollars of securities linked to risky...

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