Europe's consumers face rising prices but the ECB is unfazed LONDON (Reuters) -Europe's consumers will feel the hit from price rises this year as companies seek to recoup revenues and cover pandemic-related costs. Over the past year, the fallout from COVID-19 has contorted both the demand and supply sides of the global economy, creating bottlenecks in supply chains, havoc in freight markets and a rally in raw materials from corn to copper. Lockdowns, meanwhile, have deprived well-off consumers in Europe and elsewhere of the opportunities to spend their cash, creating record levels of savings and a window of opportunity for companies to push through price increases. Silver markets have rallied significantly during the course of the week to reach towards the $28 level. However, as we close out the week, we are certainly trying to get to the upside. Europe’s Banks Cash In on Lagarde’s Billion-Euro Loan Sweetener (Bloomberg) -- The European Central Bank is set to reward some of the region’s biggest financial institutions with more than 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) this year in return for keeping up the flow of credit during the pandemic.Six lenders including ING Groep NV and Deutsche Bank AG have disclosed their expected benefit from the central bank’s targeted longer-term loan programs. Together, inquiry the banks said they earned about 416 million euros in the first quarter while other lenders said they intend to book gains later in the year.Seven years after turning banking on its head with the introduction of negative interest rates, the ECB is dangling enhanced subsidies to get banks to pump cheap cash into an economy lurching from one crisis to another. The benefits help offset some of the pressure from the ECB’s other policies which have eaten into lending profits and introduced costs for client deposits.An ECB spokesman declined to comment on the payments. ECB President Christine Lagarde said in April that the program plays a “crucial role” in supporting bank lending to firms and households.The ECB has offered several rounds of such targeted long-term loans. The latest allotment was in March when it made 330.5 billion euros available to banks. The favorable rates are paid subject to conditions on the banks reaching specific targets regarding the amount of loans they make to the broader economy.The lenders benefit even more now than with similar operations in the past because the conditions were sweetened during the pandemic so that that they can borrow at an even lower rate than the ECB’s negative deposit rate. While the deposit rate acts as a charge on reserves, that’s more than outweighed by the generosity of the rate on the long-term loans.“We don’t earn the money for free,” Deutsche Bank finance chief James von Moltke told analysts on a conference call last week. “The business is executing on lending, supporting clients, that allows us to achieve those thresholds.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P. U.K. Dishes Out First Fine to Broker Linked to Shah in Tax Scandal (Bloomberg) -- The U.K.’s financial regulator handed down its first penalty over the Cum-Ex tax scandal, fining a broker 178,000 pounds ($248,000) for failings regarding its relationship with hedge-fund manager Sanjay Shah.Sapien Capital, which executed more than 6 billion pounds of trades in Danish and Belgian stocks on behalf of Shah’s Solo Capital group through 2015, had inadequate financial-crime controls in place, the Financial Conduct Authority said in a statement Thursday.Shah has emerged as a key figure in a scandal over alleged tax fraud that has engulfed multiple European countries, with investigators raking over a trading strategy that allowed investors to claim multiple refunds on a dividend tax that was paid only once. The FCA said the trading “is highly suggestive of sophisticated financial crime.”“These transactions ran money-laundering and other financial-crime risks, which Sapien incompetently failed to see,” Mark Steward, the agency’s director of enforcement and market oversight, said. The fine was reduced due to serious financial hardship.Ramesh Kumar Ahuja, Sapien Capital’s chief executive officer, declined to comment by phone. The firm told the FCA that “it is only with the benefit of hindsight that the shortcomings in relation to the Solo business have become apparent,” according to a summary of its submissions.While more than 25 bankers, traders and lawyers have been charged in Denmark and Germany, U.K. authorities have faced criticisms from the courts for the speed of their investigations.Danish prosecutors said earlier this year that Shah was the mastermind behind a a 9.6 billion-krone ($1.6 billion) tax-fraud case. Shortly after that, Shah and six others were indicted by Hamburg prosecutors over more than 50 cases of money laundering relating to Cum-Ex trades in Denmark and Belgium that went through German accounts.Shah has consistently said he did nothing wrong other than take advantage of loopholes in national laws.The FCA said Sapien had just 40 clients before adding more than 160 customers linked to Solo. The brokerage was expecting to take in as much as 700,000 pounds in brokerage fees annually.Even when Sapien couldn’t be sure about the identity of one of the Solo clients, a mix of offshore companies and pension plans, it proceeded to add the firm as a customer anyway, the FCA said.https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tattooed-chef-report-first-quarter-120000459.html
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Student nurses to receive €100 pandemic grant from next week The HSE will begin paying the €100 a week pandemic grant to student nurses next week over four months after it was first proposed. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has said that the payment will also be backdated to last September and the HSE hope it will complete the process next month. Payment for student nurses working on the frontline during the pandemic has been a pressing issue for the past 15 months with criticism previously that the €100 sum was not enough. ‘It’s capitalism on steroids – I want to buy a house in Maynooth, not rent one from an investment firm’ Mr Donnelly also said he hoped Ireland had passed the “darkest days” of the pandemic and that measures would be put in place in recognition of frontline health workers. He was speaking at this morning’s Irish Nursing and Midwifery Organisation (INMO) annual delegate conference hosted online. The Health Minister told the delegates he was conscious of the challenges they face which have become more evident during the pandemic. Mr Donnelly said he had instructed a review to take place of student placements and that this report had come back with a number of recommendations. One of these, announced in January, was that a €100 a week pandemic placement grant be paid to nursing and midwifery students on supernumerary placement. “I have accepted all of these recommendations and have also decided the placement grant be backdated to September of last year. "My department has instructed the HSE to process this payment, and I have confirmation that payments continued will begin from next week. “Really importantly, the HSE has said they would be completed by the 1st of June,” Mr Donnelly said. A long-term review of supports for INMO students is also taking place, including examining levels of pay for final year interns. It will also look at travel and accommodation allowance for students in supernumerary placement. Mr Donnelly said he hoped this review would be completed by June 30 ahead of the next academic year and that he would discuss it in detail with the INMO. He also pledged that all of this year's nursing and midwifery graduates will be offered permanent contracts in the public health system. “I am hopeful that the darkest days here in Ireland have now past,” he said, adding that he hoped the Government can put in place appropriate measures to recognised the work by frontline healthcare workers.https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/health/student-nurses-to-receive-100pandemic-grant-from-next-week-40397848.html