Swedish Banks at Risk from Baltic Ills

Scandinavian banks steered clear of subprime ripples, but now a downturn in the Baltics, where some are heavily invested, may make them less secure

Until recently, Scandinavian banks had good reason to be smug. Unlike other European financial institutions such as UBS (UBS) and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which have suffered multibillion-dollar writedowns tied to risky subprime U.S. investments, the more conservative northern banks mostly steered clear of securitized assets and other new instruments.

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