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  • TOKYO— Japan needs "bold action" on revamping its economy and improving its precarious national finances, the International Monetary Fund says in its latest assessment of the world's third-largest economy. It said doubts about Japan's "long-term fiscal sustainability"— whether it can pay off its huge debt— could rise if investors lose confidence.

  • *Ukraine at odds with bondholders over $23 bln debt. Ukraine is now in regular contact with a group of its largest bondholders, Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko told Reuters by telephone from Riga, striking a more optimistic note. A key sticking point has been bondholders' repeated objection to a writedown on the face value of the bonds, a' haircut' Ukraine insists...

  • LONDON, May 22- German bond yields headed for their first weekly fall in five weeks on Friday as the market focused again on central banks' continued use of heavy stimulus, which is helping to bring stability after weeks of violent price swings. Greece was the exception in the European bond market, as its yields rose after the latest talks with creditors failed to...

  • *April core price rise revives bets on Fed rate hike. *Fed's Yellen to speak on economy at 1 p.m.. NEW YORK, May 22- U.S.

  • LONDON, May 24- Global regulators meet in London next month to try to tighten their grip on markets after banks were fined billions of dollars for manipulating interest rates and currencies, Britain's top financial supervisor said. The hefty penalties on British, American and Swiss banks have forced authorities to rethink regulation for a chunk of the market...

  • US STOCKS-Futures rise ahead of Yellen's speech, Friday, 22 May 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    May 22- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday, a day after the S&P 500 ended at an all-time high and ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's take on the economy that investors will peruse for clues on the timing of a rate hike. *Aeropostale slumped 22.8 percent to $2 in premarket trading after the teen apparel retailer estimated a...

  • *London and Wall St closed for holiday on Monday. LONDON, May 22- European shares slipped off three-week highs on Friday, with luxury goods group Richemont falling on weak sales, while a rebound in the euro also pegged back the region's stock markets. European equities have rallied this year on the back of a government bond buying programme and record low interest...

  • HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, May 22- The blistering sell-off in Chinese solar firm Hanergy Thin Film Power Group this week burnt several index-tracking stock funds, exposing the flaws in some of these investment structures especially in volatile markets like China. China- focused equity ETF and index assets under management have grown more than three-fourths to...

  • LONDON, May 22- Euro zone bond yields fell on Friday ahead of German business sentiment data and U.S. inflation numbers that were both expected to be soft, helping to stabilise a market shaken by weeks of violent price swings. European Central Bank policymakers helped halt that sell-off earlier in the week, with Executive Board member Benoit Coeure saying the...

  • TOKYO, May 22- Japanese government bonds edged down on Friday, pressured by rallying stocks and investors' wariness ahead of a 20- year auction next week. A short while earlier, the Bank of Japan said it was maintaining its massive monetary stimulus as expected, and slightly revised up its assessment of the economy, signalling that it sees no need to expand stimulus...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- If you can't beat them, buy them. That's the theory underlying a move by a growing number of mutual fund managers at companies including T. Rowe Price and Eaton Vance to slip shares of indexed exchange traded funds into their actively managed fund portfolios. Putting money into ETFs rather than having it sit in cash is a "cheap and efficient way to gain...

  • China's Guangxi to auction 20 bln yuan bonds on May 28 Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 8:44 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, May 22- China's Hubei Zhuang Autonomous Region will auction 20 billion yuan of bonds ranging in tenor from three to 10 years on May 28, according to a notice posted on the website of one of the country's main bond clearing houses late on Thursday. Guangxi will be the fourth government to auction municipal bonds in China this year. Of the 20 billion yuan,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- The U.S. Federal Reserve did an about-face on Thursday and proposed allowing banks to count certain municipal bonds as liquid assets in order to comply with new rules designed to ensure banks can survive a cash crunch. The rule change will not apply only to banks regulated by the Federal Reserve that have $250 billion or more in total...

  • NEW YORK— Most of us don't worry about taxes when it comes to mutual funds. We don't need to because we invest in them through a 401, IRA or another account designed to delay taxes until after retirement. "There's a lot of effort in the industry on picking stocks and timing the market, but that is extremely difficult to do persistently," says Clemens Sialm, a professor at...

  • Twin bond, dollar selloffs hit Pimco Total Return Fund Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 3:44 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 21- The Pimco Total Return Fund, which last month lost its crown as the world's biggest bond fund, is now losing some momentum in performance. The Pimco Total Return Fund hit a peak of $292.9 billion in assets under management in April 2013. "Globally, we maintain exposure to diversifying sources of duration, including in Mexico and in the eurozone," Pimco...

  • NEW YORK, May 21- Puerto Rico's benchmark government bonds hit their highest level in more than a month on Thursday in a 5- day rally sparked by an agreement on new revenue raising tax measures last week. Puerto Rico's general obligation bonds that carry an 8 percent coupon and expire in 2035, a $3.5 billion tranche sold mainly to hedge fund last year, hit 83 cents on...

  • May 21- Moody's Investors Service on Thursday cut Puerto Rico's bond ratings further into junk status, saying the troubled U.S. territory would not be able to access markets by the June 30 fiscal year-end and might have to prioritize debt payments. Puerto Rico is struggling with $72 billion in debt and faces a bond payment of $655.2 million on its general...

  • *U.S. sells $13 bln 10- year TIPS to solid demand. NEW YORK, May 21- U.S. "There were fears about a sharp spring recovery, but the data haven't rebounded smartly," said Robert Tipp, chief investment strategist at Prudential Fixed Income in Newark, New Jersey.

  • NEW YORK, May 21- Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn said Thursday that mutual funds will increasingly realize that being underweight shares of Apple will hurt their performance. "They are underweight Apple in relation to the index funds, and I think more and more of these funds will realize that's going to hurt their performance in the future as Apple...

  • CHICAGO, May 21- Banks that entered into credit and other deals related to Chicago's general obligation variable-rate debt have agreed not to demand payments triggered when the city's rating was cut to junk by Moody's Investors Service, according to city documents. The forbearance agreements between Chicago and the banks will allow the city to convert the...