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  • BERLIN/ WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters)- The United States urged countries on Tuesday to think twice about signing up to a new China- led Asian development bank that Washington sees as a rival to the World Bank after Germany, France and Italy followed Britain in saying they would join. The concerted move by U.S. allies to participate in Beijing's flagship economic...

  • MUMBAI, March 17- Emerging markets need to be prepared for the impact of a rise in U.S. interest rates which could still surprise in both timing and pace, the head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, said on Tuesday. In a speech in Mumbai, Lagarde warned that there could be a repeat of the so-called "taper tantrum" seen in 2013 when then Federal Reserve...

  • PARIS/ BEIJING, March 17- Germany, France and Italy said on Tuesday they had agreed to join a new China- led Asian investment bank after close ally Britain defied U.S. pressure to become a founder member of a venture seen in Washington as a rival to the World Bank. It comes amid prickly trade negotiations between Brussels and Washington, and at a time when EU and Asian...

  • MUMBAI, March 17- Emerging markets must prepare for the impact of a rise in U.S. interest rates which could surprise in both its timing and pace, the head of the International Monetary Fund said in India on Tuesday. In a speech in Mumbai, Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned the so-called "taper tantrum" that slammed emerging markets in 2013 could be repeated.

  • Inside India's economic transformation   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 1:16 PM ET
    Inside India's economic transformation

    CNBC's Seema Mody reports on what country IMF's Christine Lagarde called the bright spot in a cloudy global economy.

  • MUMBAI, March 16- Several Indian life insurance firms are courting private equity investors to boost their capital ahead of potential IPOs, which became more feasible after a new law allowing higher foreign ownership in a sector that last year was worth $50 billion. The law, approved last week, lets insurers including Britain's Prudential PLC, Standard Life and...

  • NEW DELHI, March 16- Greece needs to implement structural reforms, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Monday, echoing other international creditors who have urged Athens to implement reforms to secure urgently needed funds. Although Athens has been granted a four-month extension to the bailout deal, the Feb. 20 accord...

  • India's Fin Min on oil price's future   Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 6:30 AM ET
    India's Fin Min on oil price's future

    Arun Jaitley, finance minister of India, talks about the oil price drop while comparing prices to astrology.

  • India's finance minister on 'realistic' investors

    Arun Jaitley, finance minister of India, tells CNBC that investors know the Indian market much better than most people, and are therefore more realistic.

  • NEW DELHI, March 16- The global recovery is "too slow, too brittle and too lopsided", the head of the International Monetary Fund said in India on Monday, describing Asia's third-largest economy as a rare bright spot on a cloudy global horizon. In a speech in New Delhi, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said that monetary policy in the world's leading economies...

  • NEW DELHI, March 16- India's economy is a bright spot in a cloudy global economy, with recent policy reforms and improved business confidence set to boost growth, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday. Speaking in New Delhi, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde welcomed the government's latest budget as "a step in the right direction", and...

  • NEW DELHI, March 16- The global economic recovery remains "too slow, too brittle and too lopsided", the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday, singling out the risk of financial market volatility arising from divergence in monetary policy among leading central banks. The first of those was what Lagarde called "asynchronous monetary policy" in...

  • NEW DELHI, March 16- India's economy is a bright spot on a cloudy global economy, with recent policy reforms and improved business confidence set to boost growth, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday. Speaking in New Delhi, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde welcomed the government's latest budget as "a step in the right direction", and...

  • NEW DELHI, March 16- The global economic recovery remains "too slow, too brittle and too lopsided", the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Monday, singling out divergences in monetary policy as a risk that could cause financial market volatility. Christine Lagarde reiterated the IMF's forecast that, more than six years after the global financial...

  • NEW DELHI, March 16- India is better positioned to cope with external financial shocks than most emerging market economies, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde was quoted saying on Monday, just ahead of a of a crunch meeting of the U.S. Now, Lagarde said in an interview with the Times of India before a two-day visit, India is in better shape.

  • Going forward, Infosys plans to embrace automation

    Speaking to CNBC at the CeBIT fair in Germany, Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys, says the firm wants to emphasize more on automation and embrace new technologies like artificial intelligence.

  • Time to look to Hong Kong markets?   Sunday, 15 Mar 2015 | 6:52 PM ET
    Time to look to Hong Kong markets?

    Kingsley Jones, founder and CIO at Jevons Global, explains why Hong Kong shares are looking better these days and outlines why India is a standout performer among emerging markets.

  • 'Cinderella' story: Why Disney's at all-time highs Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 2:06 PM ET
    Still from the movie "Frozen"

    The Disney brand is stronger than ever, bolstered by movies, TV, consumer products, digital properties and theme parks.

  • *Rate cut last week caught Rajan's top officials by surprise. MUMBAI, March 13- Some top officials in the Reserve Bank of India say they were surprised by Governor Raghuram Rajan's decision to cut rates last week, a rare sign of divisions that could become much more public as the bank overhauls its decision processes in a way that will clip his influence.

  • By Anne Marie Roantree and Patturaja Murugaboopathy March 13- Hong Kong retailers' sales in January were the lowest since 2003 and revenue growth this year will likely be the slowest in at least four years, hit by a drop in visitors from the mainland who have been put off in part by rising hostility among Hong Kongers. Fifteen listed Hong Kong retailers with a...