Last summer, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman criticized the economic austerity of Estonia. The president responded with some profanity-laced tweets. A composer and financial journalist teamed up to produce an opera based on the exchange.
Five years ago Friday, Bank of America announced it was buying one of the nation's largest mortgage lenders. Bank officials thought the deal to buy Countrywide Financial would cement Band of America's place at the top of the commercial banking business. But it did not turn out that way.
American Express has announced plans to eliminate 5,400 jobs in the coming year. Expenses rose faster than revenue for the credit card giant and fourth quarter profits were down sharply. The company said the largest reductions would come in the global travel business.
A major overhaul of Spain's banking system is in full swing. Felled by the housing crunch, Spanish banks are getting billions in rescue loans from Europe, but they'll have to lay off about 55,000 workers in exchange.
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