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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The compensation that dealers receive in U.S. municipal bond trades is once again in regulators' crosshairs, with a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission saying on Monday that he is investigating how to give investors more information about markups.

  • *Brazil, Russia may follow into crisis- fund manager. LONDON/ NEW YORK/ SINGAPORE Jan 27- Emerging markets may be unrecognisable from the small and fragile economies that fell like dominoes 15 years ago, but they are just as vulnerable today to the same sort of indiscriminate selling when investor panic sets in.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. "The market is already skittish," said Wilmer Stith, portfolio manager at Wilmington Trust in Baltimore. The U.S. Commerce Department said sales fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 414,000 units.

  • The SEC's five commissioners are weighing a proposal to reduce the risk of runs on money market funds, like the one seen in 2008 when the Reserve Primary Fund's net asset value fell below $1 per share as panicked investors withdrew money to avoid exposure to Lehman Brothers.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 26- After a scary sell-off in emerging markets in the past week, investors who specialize in the sector are looking for places to hide while also looking for opportunities to benefit.

  • Piwowar's comments come as the SEC's five commissioners are weighing a proposal to reduce run risks on money market funds, like the one seen in 2008 when the Reserve Primary Fund's net asset value fell below $1 per share as panicked investors yanked out their money to avoid exposure to Lehman Brothers.

  • TOKYO, Jan 27- Moody's Investors Service cut Sony Corp's debt rating to junk status on Monday, highlighting challenges in its television and PC businesses and pressure on profitability at its entire core consumer electronics operation.

  • *Caterpillar shares up after reporting better-than-expected results. *Apple Inc earnings due after market close. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stock index futures inched higher on Monday, setting Wall Street up for a modest rebound after its worst week since June 2012 with investors focused on corporate earnings from big names like Caterpillar and Apple.

  • Jan 27- Swaps broker ICAP will give up its role in establishing a widely used benchmark for derivatives, two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters, after U.S. and UK regulators started investigating the process.

  • LONDON, Jan 27- Safe-haven currencies such as the yen and the Swiss franc took a breather on Monday, with both falling against the dollar which benefited from expectations the Federal Reserve may reduce monetary stimulus this week. A rebound in two-year Treasury yields helped the dollar to 102.55 yen, up 0.2 percent on the day.

  • TOKYO, Jan 27- Japanese government bond prices gained on Monday as investors fled risk assets after recent heavy selling in emerging market currencies, pushing the benchmark 10- year yield to an eight-week low.

  • Jan 26- Swaps broker ICAP will give up its role in establishing a widely used benchmark for derivatives, two sources familiar with the situation said on Sunday, after U.S. and UK regulators started probing the process.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 26- After a scary sell-off in emerging markets in the past week, investors who specialize in the sector are looking for places to hide while also looking for opportunities to benefit.

  • White House: No bailout for Puerto Rico Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 5:06 PM ET
    A vacant building in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    The White House is not considering a financial bailout for Puerto Rico, an Obama administration official says.

  • Could 2014 be the year for sukuk bonds? Thursday, 16 Jan 2014 | 11:25 AM ET

    Islamic bond issues could hit record levels this year, Fitch said on Thursday — the same day as Qatar launched a $3 billion issue of "sukuks".

  • US’s Lew flies to Portugal as periphery parties Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 12:11 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (R) and Portuguese Finance Minister Maria Luis Albuquerque arrive for a press conferece at the Finance ministery in central Lisbon on January 8, 2014.

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew finished his Europe tour in Portugal on Thursday, which looked set to launch a five-year bond.

  • Pimco bled cash in 2013; worst year in 2 decades Friday, 3 Jan 2014 | 3:09 PM ET
    Bill Gross

    Pimco's Total Return Fund saw its assets sink by $41.1 billion in 2013, as U.S. Treasuries bets went south

  • Detroit faces new speedbump in bankruptcy process Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 4:44 PM ET
    The city of Detroit awaits their bankruptcy decision expected on Dec. 3, 2013.

    A key component in Detroit's plan to exit bankruptcy will either be renegotiated over the next week or possibly face litigation, an attorney says.

  • Investors are fleeing the municipal bond market Monday, 9 Dec 2013 | 1:05 PM ET
    The former Packard Plant in Detroit.

    Investors are fleeing the U.S. municipal bond market as it shrank to $3.6 trillion in the third quarter of 2013, the smallest since the end of 2009.

  • Is the Fed really driving up stock prices? Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 | 2:53 PM ET

    A new study from McKinsey argues that the Fed's stimulus program has had little effect on the stock market.