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  • LONDON, Oct 17- German 10- year bond yields topped 0.1 percent on Monday for the first time since the results of the Brexit referendum in June, pushed higher by rising U.S. and British yields as investors turned their focus to this week's European Central Bank meeting. The ECB may discuss technical changes at this week's meeting that would allow it to extend its 1.7...

  • *Bund yields touch highest since June, track US, UK yields. LONDON, Oct 17- German bond yields rose to their highest level in almost four months on Monday, facing upward pressure from a rise in U.S. and British bond yields as focus turned to an ECB meeting that could shed more light on the central bank's bond buying program. A report last week that the European Central...

  • *Southern Europe's bond yields soar 10 bps. LONDON, Oct 5- Euro zone bond yields soared on Wednesday, as concerns the European Central Bank might reduce the scale of its asset purchases before the program finally ends unnerved investors. A Bloomberg article on Tuesday cited sources as saying the ECB would probably wind down the monthly 80 billion euro...

  • *Bloomberg report on winding-down plan rattles markets. LONDON, Oct 5- Euro zone bond yields soared on Wednesday, as concerns the European Central Bank might reduce the scale of its asset purchases before the programme finally ends unnerved investors. A Bloomberg article on Tuesday cited sources as saying the ECB would probably wind down the monthly 80 billion...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. Treasury prices dropped and yields jumped to almost two-week highs after a report that the European Central Bank may taper asset purchases spooked investors. "What the market has been telling you for the last month-and-a-half is that central bank policy has run out of room and they need something else to transition to because it's not working,...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 4- U.S. Richmond Federal Reserve President Jeffrey Lacker, who is not a voting member of the Fed's rate-setting committee, on Tuesday said there was a strong case for raising interest rates, arguing that borrowing costs might need to rise significantly to keep inflation under control. "The market is anticipating that it will be revised up for the...

  • *Market tests BOJ's resolve in meeting new interest rate target. TOKYO, Sept 30- Bond buyers are already testing the credibility of the Bank of Japan's new monetary policy framework, pushing 10- year yields below its zero percent target and giving the bank few palatable options to bring them back on track. After failing in its goal of achieving sustained...

  • *Market tests BOJ's resolve in meeting new interest rate target. TOKYO, Sept 30- Bond buyers are already testing the credibility of the Bank of Japan's new monetary policy framework, pushing 10- year yields below its zero percent target and giving the bank few palatable options to bring them back on track. After failing in its goal of achieving sustained...

  • LONDON, Sept 15- Fears that the era of super-charged central bank stimulus could soon end have sent tremors through global bond and stock markets, but the spike higher in borrowing costs may yet offer the financial system a crumb of comfort: steeper yield curves. The gap between two-year and 10- year government bond yields has widened recently, with Japan's curve...

  • Ben Bernanke

    Of all the options the Fed has to stimulate the economy, going to negative interest rates may not be as drastic as it seems, the former Fed chairman says.

  • LONDON, Sept 9- Investors rekindled their love affair with emerging markets this year, pouring billions of dollars into their stocks and bonds, but the prospect of the Federal Reserve raising U.S. interest rates threatens to cool the relationship once again. Recent history suggests the smallest increase- or even a whiff of an increase- can be unnerving for...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 2- Years of stubbornly low interest rates and expectations they will remain low for years to come have prompted U.S. banks to shift their balance sheets in ways that put them at risk if rates suddenly spike, regulators are warning. The dynamic "raises the interest rate risk issue that we are very focused on," Martin Gruenberg, chairman of the Federal...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 2- Years of stubbornly low interest rates and expectations they will remain low for years to come have prompted U.S. banks to shift their balance sheets in ways that put them at risk if rates suddenly spike, regulators are warning. The dynamic "raises the interest rate risk issue that we are very focused on," Martin Gruenberg, chairman of the Federal...

  • *Wall Street recovers after lower open. NEW YORK, Aug 25- Slumping healthcare stocks pulled European markets lower on Thursday after White House candidate Hillary Clinton demanded price cuts on a successful drug, while many investors awaited headlines from a big gathering of central bankers. London's FTSE closed 0.28 percent lower.

  • *Wall Street to open lower, durable goods, jobless data ahead. Japanese and Chinese stocks had suffered modest drops in Asia and the pace picked up in Europe as London's FTSE sank 0.4 percent and Frankfurt and Paris lost as much as 1.2 percent in a region-wide slide. Stubbornly low oil prices and warnings about steel demand kept the pressure on miners in Europe,...

  • *China property stocks down 2 pct; selling pressure in financials. Japanese and Chinese stocks had suffered modest drops in Asia and the pace picked up in Europe as London's FTSE sank 0.8 percent and Frankfurt and Paris lost 1.2 percent. "The recapitalisation of CGD is likely to have implications for Portugal's budget, but all in all it is positive," said DZ Bank...

  • *Focus on Jackson Hole, China demand. LONDON, Aug 23- Copper prices slipped to six-week lows on Tuesday as the market fretted about the timing of U.S. interest rate rises, dollar direction and strength of demand in top consumer China. "Probably the most important thing is economic news from countries like China, which tells us what demand is doing."

  • *BOJ trade shows Japan effectively monetising debt. TOKYO, Aug 19- The Bank of Japan says there is no possibility of helicopter money, and by a strict definition they are correct. In a sense, it has the same effect of helicopter money, "said Etsuro Honda, a former special adviser to the cabinet and a close associate to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • The phrase "lower for longer" is working its way into replacing the wordplay incrementalism that has marked Fed policy statements and speeches.

  • Chastened over their forecasting errors, Federal Reserve officials will be less likely to tip their hands.