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  • *Test puts HSBC, Standard Chartered in the spotlight. "By assessing the resilience of the UK banking system against a major external shock we will improve further our ability to identify vulnerabilities and we will ensure that banks have plans in place to address a wider range of possible stresses," BoE Governor Mark Carney said on Monday. That leaves six banks and...

  • TORONTO, March 30- The head of the Bank of Canada said a slump in oil prices is having an "atrocious" effect on the Canadian economy but a cheaper currency and incipient U.S. revival should help exports drive a recovery, the Financial Times reported on Monday. Governor Stephen Poloz said in an interview with the newspaper that the central bank still had many options...

  • SHANGHAI/ BEIJING, March 30- Chinese regulators eased lending and tax policies on real estate on Monday, as Beijing seeks to stop a slide in property prices that has put economic recovery at risk. The People's Bank of China, in a statement on its website, urged financial institutions to support home purchases using a combination of commercial lending and a housing...

  • LONDON, March 30- Gold fell one percent on Monday, down for a second straight session as the dollar climbed on increasing prospects that the Federal Reserve may start raising interest rates gradually this year. "It seems the market is once again focusing on the Fed raising rates," Deutsche Boerse's MNI senior analyst Tony Walters said. Gold, which does not pay any...

  • PBOC: Investors looking for more stimulus Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 4:50 AM ET
    PBOC: Investors looking for more stimulus

    Josh Klaczek, head of Asia financials research at JPMorgan, talks about Asian stocks and the banking sector -- in particular China and the People's Bank of China.

  • *Gold pulls further away from 3- week high as dollar gains. SINGAPORE, March 30- Gold dropped for a second straight session on Monday, slipping further from a three-week high, as the dollar climbed after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled the U.S. central bank may be on course to raise interest rates later this year. Spot gold fell as much as 1 percent to...

  • Chinese banks to see slower profit growth: Pro Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 | 9:34 PM ET
    Chinese banks to see slower profit growth: Pro

    Matthew Phan, analyst, Asia-Pacific Banks at CreditSights, says rising impairment costs will pressure the profits of Chinese lenders.

  • SINGAPORE, March 30- Gold slipped for a second straight session on Monday, pulling further from a three-week high, after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled that the U.S. central bank may be on course to raise interest rates later this year. *Spot gold was off 0.2 percent at $1,196.98 an ounce by 0036 GMT, after rising for a second week in a row last week.

  • Is the US wrong to reject China-led AIIB? Sunday, 29 Mar 2015 | 8:10 PM ET
    Is the US wrong to reject China-led AIIB?

    Evan Feigenbaum, vice chairman of Paulson Institute, says the U.S. made a "mistake" in defining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a "US-China death match."

  • *More than 160,000 jobs lost across 24 banks in two years- data. LONDON, March 30- Top European and U.S. banks axed 59,000 jobs last year as they restructured and cut costs, with headcount expected to shrink further in Europe as bosses strive to improve profitability that has been hit hard by tougher regulation. "The screws will stay tight on headcount," said Aymen Saleh,...

  • March non-farm payrolls seen up 244,000. BRUSSELS, March 29- The state of the U.S. labor market in March will consume economists and investors in the week leading up to Easter, adding to the seesaw debate over when the Federal Reserve will spring its first interest rate hike. Fed Chair Janet Yellen made it clear on Friday that the U.S. central bank is likely to start...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 10 Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    STONE MOUNTAIN, United States- Federal Reserve vice chair Stanley Fischer speaks at dinner before the 2015 Financial Markets Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta- 2315 GMT. RICHMOND, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond President Jeffrey Lacker speaks on "Economic Outlook, March 2015" before the Greater Richmond Chamber of...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, March 27- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled that the U.S. central bank will likely start raising borrowing costs later this year, even before inflation and wages have returned to health, but emphasized the return to normal interest rates will be gradual. The Fed has held short-term borrowing costs near zero since December...

  • NEW YORK, March 27- The U.S. dollar edged lower against a basket of major currencies on Friday after traders were reluctant to buy the greenback ahead of U.S. jobs data next week, and after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. "It turned out to be pretty much a replay" of last week's Fed statement, said Alfonso Esparza, senior currency Strategist at Oanda in...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, March 27- An interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve may be warranted later this year, with a gradual path expected to follow, although a downturn in core inflation or wage growth could force it to hold off, the central bank's chief said on Friday. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that after the first rate increase a further, gradual tightening...

  • More than a dozen senior insurance executives met Fed Governor Dan Tarullo on Feb. 6 to pitch a two-step process for launching nationwide insurance rules, according to records of the meeting by Dirk Kempthorne, who heads the American Council of Life Insurers, an industry group. While precise estimates are lacking because the rules are still unknown, Bank of...

  • FEDERAL RESERVE IS CONSIDERING LIFE INSURERS' PROPOSAL FOR NEW CAPITAL STANDARDS- SOURCES.

  • *Gold on track to finish week up around 1.3 percent. *Palladium down 3 percent at 2- month lows. LONDON, March 27- Gold fell on Friday, snapping a seven-day rally as the dollar steadied and investors remained cautious ahead of comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, but the metal still looked set to post its second straight weekly gain.

  • NEW YORK, March 27- The dollar posted minor gains against the euro on Friday while slipping slightly against the yen and the Swiss franc as bullish bets on the dollar lost some steam ahead of comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Yellen will speak on monetary policy in San Francisco at 3:45 p.m. EST and traders will keep an ear out for clues on when the...

  • LJUBLJANA, March 27- U.S. investment firm Apollo is in advanced talks to buy Slovenia's second-largest bank Nova KBM, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday. Daily newspaper Delo earlier reported that Apollo was buying NKBM for about 200 million euros. Delo said the state and the buyer would share the risk in the event a court ruled NKBM had to...

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