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  • Global regulators mull swaps rules reprieve Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 6:22 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Jan 19- Derivatives watchdogs expect to agree a new timeline for the introduction of new capital requirements for swaps transactions after strong resistance from the international banking industry, Europe's top securities regulator said. Speaking on the sidelines of the Asia Financial Forum in Hong Kong on Monday, Steven Maijoor, chair of the...

  • TOKYO, Jan 19- Japanese government bond prices gained on Monday despite a slight recovery in stock prices, with the 10- year yield hitting a record low after the Bank of Japan's bond buying operation results showed strong demand. The yield on the current 10- year Japanese Government Bonds fell 3.0 basis points to 0.205 percent, the lowest record ever.

  • TOKYO, Jan 19- Credit derivatives are reflecting increased investor concerns about Japan's fiscal health after the prime minister postponed a tax hike, with the cost of insurance against a default by Japan hovering near 1-1/ 2- year highs in the CDS market. In contrast with sovereign CDS levels, iTraxx Japan, the index of Japanese corporate CDS, last stood at...

  • Going behind China's margin trading issues   Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 10:47 PM ET
    What's behind China's big margin trading issue

    Hao Hong, Managing Director, Research at Bank of Communications, says margin trading activity was rampant in recent months, with several accounts operating below minimum account balances.

  • GREEK BOND YIELD SURGE, BANK DEPOSITS OUTFLOW MAKE EURO ZONE PONDER NEED FOR 3 RD BAILOUT RATHER THAN CREDIT LINE- OFFICIALS.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 16- U.S. Treasuries prices fell on Friday as an upbeat report on U.S. consumer sentiment and less dire data on inflation sparked profit-taking on recent gains tied to fears about deflation in Europe and a surprise policy U-turn by the Swiss central bank. We got to levels which were unsustainable, "said Thomas Roth, executive director of U.S. government...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 16- Ratings agency Standard and Poor's said on Friday that it planned to complete a review Russia's sovereign credit rating by the end of January, after earlier saying it expected to make a decision by mid-January. S&P currently rates Russia's sovereign debt one notch above' junk' status, and Russian markets have been jittery over the prospect of a...

  • LAGOS, Jan 16- JP Morgan said on Friday it would assess Nigeria's suitability to remain in a key emerging currency bond index because of a lack of liquidity in the African country's forex and bond markets. This in turn would raise borrowing costs for Africa's largest economy, although analysts said they did not expect JP Morgan to take such a step.

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 16- Syriza will have to honor all Greek debts and continue reforms if it takes power but the euro zone might agree to wait longer to be repaid, officials in Brussels say. The left-wing party led by Alexis Tsipras, which heads opinion polls nine days before elections, is pledging to negotiate a debt reduction and an end to budget austerity but says it is...

  • *Intel shares down after guidance disappoints. NEW YORK, Jan 16- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday, following five straight days of losses for major indexes, as markets continue to absorb the shock of Switzerland's move to ditch its currency cap. *Shares of FXCM Inc, one of the biggest platforms catering to online and retail traders of currencies, tumbled 70...

  • *Intel shares down after guidance disappoints. NEW YORK, Jan 16- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Friday, following five straight days of losses for major indexes, setting Wall Street up for its fourth negative week out of the past six. *Intel shares fell 2.3 percent in light premarket trading a day after the chipmaker gave a disappointing forecast for revenue...

  • TOKYO, Jan 16- Japanese government bond prices rose on Friday, with the 10- year yield hitting a new record low, after Switzerland's central bank unexpectedly scrapped its currency cap and jolted global financial markets. As Basel's move prompted investors to sell shares worldwide to offset losses on the franc, JGBs attracted flight-to-quality bids.

  • S&P warned in late December that it could deprive Russia of its investment grade rating as soon as mid-January, following a deterioration in the country's monetary flexibility and a weakening economy. Some in the market have said the agency may postpone its Russia rating review until later in the month. S&P declined to comment, telling Reuters only that it...

  • The two biggest ETF providers, BlackRock and State Street, lost share last year. By contrast, BlackRock and State Street have been giving up share for years, with Black Rock falling from a 48 percent share at the end of 2008 to 37.9 percent now, and State Street dropping from 30 percent to 22.7 percent in the same period, according to Lipper data. BlackRock fell 0.97...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- U.S. 30- year Treasuries yield fell on Thursday to record lows for a second day after a surprise interest rate cut and dumping of a currency cap by the Swiss central bank stoked demand for higher-yielding U.S. government debt. The Swiss National Bank lowered its policy rates by 50 basis points, pushing them further into negative territory to -0.75...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- Switzerland's move to jettison a three-year-old cap on the franc threw global markets into turmoil on Thursday, sending the currency and most European shares soaring while bond yields and Swiss equities tumbled. Switzerland's main share index fell 8.7 percent in its biggest single-day decline by percentage in 25 years, wiping about $100...

  • Weak oil dictates mutual fund winners and losers in 2014 Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    LONDON, Jan 15- Weak oil prices shaped the performance of mutual funds in 2014 and investors expect the trend to continue, meaning last year's star, India, is likely to keep shining in the months to come. Equity funds were led by those specializing in India- an energy importer- while funds focused on oil exporter Russia dominated the bottom of the league, according to...

  • LONDON, Jan 15- Investors are now so confident the European Central Bank will unveil a government bond-buying stimulus next week that some contrarian traders are betting on a broad market shock if it doesn't. Some analysts, such as those at JP Morgan, reckon the recent plunge in oil, has led to a collapse of bond yields and the euro that indicate markets are...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 15- U.S. The Swiss National Bank lowered its policy rates by 50 basis points, pushing them further into negative territory to -0.75 percent in an effort to help its exporters by easing upward pressure on its currency. "It's a shock and investors feel,' Let's just own Treasuries and be safe,"' said David Keeble, global head of interest rates strategy at Credit...

  • LONDON, Jan 15- All Swiss government bill rates and bond yields out to nine- year maturities traded below zero on Thursday, after the Swiss National Bank stunned markets by scrapping its exchange rate cap on the franc and lowered interest rates to -0.75 percent. "The indicative yield on the June 2024 bond did briefly go below zero today," a spokeswoman for Tradeweb...