German Finance Minister Knew of Wirecard Issues a Year Before Collapse

(Bloomberg) — German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz was aware of potential market manipulation at Wirecard AG almost a year and a half before the company collapsed, putting pressure on a key figure in Angela Merkel’s government.

Financial watchdog BaFin informed Scholz in February 2019 about the case “because of the suspicion of a violation against the prohibition of market manipulation,” according to a report by the Finance Ministry seen by Bloomberg.

His early knowledge of the allegations swirling around Wirecard increases scrutiny on the highest-ranking Social Democrat in Merkel’s coalition and lays bare the delicate political dynamics just over a

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German finance minister points to regulatory failures in Wirecard scandal

By Holger Hansen

BERLIN (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said lawmakers need to quickly determine how to tighten regulation in the wake of an accounting scandal at payments company Wirecard that has tarnished the reputation of Germany’s financial watchdog.

The Wirecard case “raises critical questions about supervision of the company, in particular with regards to accounting and balance sheet control,” Scholz told Reuters on Tuesday.

“It appears that neither auditors nor regulators were effective here,” he added.

The comments were an about-face from a brief statement he made on Monday, in which he said regulators had worked hard

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Mohawk Industries, Inc. — Moody’s

Announcement: Moody’s – Mohawk Industries Inc.: Allegations of accounting improprieties are credit negative

Global Credit Research – 13 Jul 2020

New York, July 13, 2020 — Moody’s Investors Service, (Moody’s) commented that allegations against Mohawk Industries, Inc (Mohawk) of channel stuffing and intentionally overproduced product are credit negative and suggest aggressive business practices and potential corporate governance weaknesses. However, because the company has good liquidity bolstered by recent debt offerings and the allegations will take time to litigate, there is no impact on the company’s Baa1 senior unsecured rating and stable outlook.

For further information please see Moody’s Issuer Comment

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People’s Bank of China Cuts Stake in India’s Housing Development Finance

(Bloomberg) — China’s central bank has sold at least some of its stake in India’s Housing Development Finance Corp., according to shareholder details filed with the exchanges.

The People’s Bank of China has dropped off the list of investors holding at least a 1% stake in the company as of end-June. The PBOC held about 17.5 million shares, accounting for a 1.01% shares, at end-March. It cannot be ascertained if the Chinese central bank continues to holds any stake in the mortgage lender or not.

The PBOC may have sold at least a part of its shares in the open

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