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  • BRASILIA, May 13- Caixa Econômica Federal, Brazil's top mortgage lender, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd will create a $50 billion fund for Brazilian infrastructure investments, two government sources with knowledge of the plans said on Wednesday. The governments agreed the fund will finance a railway link from Brazil's Atlantic coast to...

  • SoFi: Fixing student loan borrowing Wednesday, 13 May 2015 | 8:17 AM ET
    SoFi: Fixing student loan borrowing

    CNBC's Julia Boorstin and SoFi's CEO Mike Cagney, discusses how his company provides non-banking alternatives for debt refinancing, which placed him 25th on CNBC's annual Disruptor 50 list.

  • NAIROBI, May 13- Kenya's Equity Bank plans to enter 10 more African countries in the next decade, in addition to the five it already serves, by building operations from scratch or acquiring existing lenders, its chief executive said on Wednesday. He said the bank's expansion strategy aimed at moving into Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Zambia, Zimbabwe,...

  • BEIJING, May 13- Chinese banks made 707.9 billion yuan worth of new loans in April, much less than expected, as slowing earnings growth and rising bad loans made lenders more cautious despite government calls to help support the economy. Broad M2 money supply rose 10.1 percent from a year ago, missing market expectations of 11.9 percent and slowing from March's...

  • Factors that may hurt Japanese bank earnings Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 7:44 PM ET
    Factors that may hurt Japanese bank earnings

    Brian Waterhouse, senior analyst for Japan Banks at CLSA, says domestic margin compression and competition that's hurting loan rates will weigh on bank earnings in Japan.

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 26 Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    LONDON- Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquin Levy visits the United Kingdom and holds a press conference- 1645 GMT. SARAJEVO- Sarajevo Business Forum 2015. WASHINGTON- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will give the Michel Camdessus Central Banking Lecture at the IMF- 0800 GMT.

  • WASHINGTON, May 12- In unusual remarks for a moderate Republican who may run for president, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said on Tuesday the Federal Reserve deserved part of the blame for a widening gulf between the rich and the poor. Though Christie has not formally launched a White House campaign, his remarks revealed the basis of his economic plan should...

  • Senate Banking Committee chairman Richard Shelby of Alabama published long-awaited details of the Financial Regulatory Improvement Act of 2015, listing proposals that would lighten compliance burdens for small financial firms and enforce more transparency at the central bank and the financial stability council. But the committee's top Democrat,...

  • NEW YORK, May 12- A U.S. judge's ruling that Nomura Holdings Inc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc made false statements selling mortgage-backed securities to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could result in a judgment exceeding $805 million, a U.S. regulator's lawyer said on Tuesday. Philippe Selendy, a lawyer for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, gave his...

  • Banks not buying what the US government is selling Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 1:43 PM ET
     Traders Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE)

    Total U.S. government debt holdings by the 18 largest banks in the country declined by $2.6 billion in the first quarter.

  • WASHINGTON, May 12- A draft Republican bill in the U.S. Senate takes aim at bank rules and insurance regulations, also limiting restrictions on mortgage requirements and proposes restructuring the Federal Reserve and other financial regulators. The 216- page, eight section report released on Tuesday was crafted by the staff of Senator Richard Shelby of...

  • PRAGUE, May 12- Banks in central and eastern Europe are coming up for sale as foreign owners look to cut costs or retreat from record low interest rates, presenting chances for new entrants to gain a foothold in countries where economic growth is picking up and outpacing the sluggish euro zone. *Alior Bank-- French financier Romain Zaleski is selling the 25 percent...

  • CEE bank sales offer investors a shot at growth markets Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    WARSAW/ PRAGUE- May 12- More mid-sized banks are coming up for sale in central Europe as foreign owners retrench and stubbornly low interest rates squeeze others, creating openings for investors looking for a foothold in economies offering faster growth than the euro zone. In Poland, the biggest economy in the European Union's emerging east, three banks are...

  • ATHENS, May 12- Greece emptied an emergency IMF holding account to repay 750 million euros due to the international lender, a Greek central bank official said, avoiding default but underscoring the dire state of the country's finances. With Athens close to running out of cash and a deal with its international creditors still elusive, there had been doubts about...

  • MINSK, May 12- The Belarussian central bank said on Tuesday it had shifted to a monetary policy regime using the money supply as its main control over inflation. The former Soviet republic's economy has been battered by currency volatility in neighbouring Russia triggered by the Ukraine crisis and a plunge in oil prices. In March the finance ministry announced...

  • *Operations in Gulf, Europe could come back to life. May 12- Iran may be about to restore banking links with the rest of the world after years of separation, but the process won't be easy as its Islamic financial system has evolved in ways that will complicate ties with foreign banks. Iran's Islamic banking assets totalled 17,344 trillion riyals as of March 2014, or...

  • May 12- A top Federal Reserve official said on Tuesday he does not know when interest rates will rise, but he tempered that uncertainty by applauding an apparent consensus between markets and the U.S. central bank that it will happen later this year. William Dudley, president of the New York Fed and a close ally of Fed Chair Janet Yellen, mostly repeated recent...

  • May 12- Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby plans to introduce a regulatory relief bill on Tuesday that would heighten congressional scrutiny of the Federal Reserve and revamp several rules faced by small banks, the Wall Street Journal reported citing Republican committee aides. The 216- page draft bill proposes to create a commission to...

  • Benjamin Lawsky, New York's financial services regulator, said on Monday he hopes to propose new cybersecurity regulations for banks and insurance companies under his aegis by year-end. "The one thing we find to be an existential threat right now is whether our financial institutions and systems are adequately protected when it comes to cybersecurity,"...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 25 Monday, 11 May 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    LONDON- Brazilian Finance Minister Joaquin Levy visits the United Kingdom and holds a press conference- 1645 GMT. SARAJEVO- Sarajevo Business Forum 2015. WASHINGTON- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi will give the Michel Camdessus Central Banking Lecture at the IMF- 0800 GMT.

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