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Op-Ed: Swiss banking, lifting the secrecy veil

The US crackdown on Swiss banks to expose US clients avoiding tax, and the banks that are helping them has raised a number of questions. Principally, how can the US do anything about this and how will the world of offshore banking change?

US Government and Swiss Bank Program

Swiss banks are continuing to decide whether to join the US program which aims to expose American citizens who have avoided tax implications.

Swiss government weakens bank secrecy to give US officials info

The Swiss government is reportedly going to allow banks in the nation to share some information with U.S. authorities. U.S. officials want to determine which Americans are using offshore bank accounts to hide their money and avoid taxes.

France: Paris Deputy Mayor arrested for money laundering

Paris - French police have cracked a huge money laundering network linked to drug dealing. Seventeen people have been indicted and will appear in court later. One of the accused is Florence Lamblin, a Paris Deputy Mayor and leading member of France's Green Party.

Op-Ed: Switzerland stung by allegations of Indian black money

According to various official and unofficial estimates, Indians are accounted among the largest beneficiaries of black money deposited in tax havens off-shore. Apart from Switzerland, there are several other off-shore ill-gotten money destinations.

Op-Ed: Gnomes of Zurich repent! UBS to disclose names of US tax evaders

One of the great institutions of tax evasion is about to keel over. The famous Swiss bank account, pride of jerks around the world, is about to get a lot more informative. UBS, facing $780 million in charges, has decided to cooperate with the IRS.

Dutch economy takes nosedive

Two months ago, Dutch economists still were cautiously optimistic that the US credit crunch would not hit this European gateway-trading nation as hard as it did other parts of the world. However, the Wall Street malaise is hurting the Dutch economy.

Geneva suffers deeply from $50-billion Bernard Madoff swindle

The Swiss banking world in Geneva has been hardest hit by accused Wall Street swindler Bernard Madoff. Home to more than 140 investment banks and 600 independent investment funds, a full 34,000 of its 200,000 residents work in the financial district.

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The logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen at an office building in Zurich
The logo of Swiss bank Credit Suisse is seen at an office building in Zurich
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