Blackstone Group LP raised more than $4 billion in 2009 to buy European property assets anticipating that cash-strapped banks would be forced to sell as the region’s debt crisis worsened. Almost all of it sat idle for two years.
Florida, the U.S. state with the highest percentage of troubled mortgages, may collect almost one-quarter of the national $25 billion foreclosure settlement. For Cheryl Alexander, who had a court halt the forced sale of her home, that’s not enough.
Europe’s banks will dispose of a record 80 billion euros ($110 billion) of non-core loans this year as they trim balance sheets before central bank stress tests, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Skaters gliding across the ice rink at the five-star Le Meridien Lav hotel are unwitting extras in the final acts of the financial crisis as they practice their turns on the shores of the Adriatic Sea.