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  • LONDON, Nov 14- The job of fixing flaws that led to the 2007-09 financial crisis is largely done and the focus will turn to spotting new risks and rebuilding trust among regulators, a global watchdog set up by the Group of 20 leading economies said on Friday. "The G20 has worked intensively over the past six years to correct the fault lines that led to the global...

  • IMF says to consider debt relief for Ebola-hit countries Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 13- The International Monetary Fund will discuss debt relief for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone at the Group of 20 leaders meeting in Australia later this week as it considers further support for the countries most affected by the Ebola outbreak, an IMF spokesman said on Thursday. IMF spokesman Bill Murray declined to comment on a specific...

  • Putin hopes rouble will stabilize after c.bank floats Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 10:44 AM ET

    BEIJING, Nov 10- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday he hoped the central bank's decision to float the rouble will help stabilize the Russian currency, adding he saw no fundamental reasons behind its large falls.

  • IMF's Lagarde calls for rethink of EU fiscal goals Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 7- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde called on Friday for a reset of the European Union's fiscal targets to take into account the debt levels of its member countries.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 7- Russia is committed to the peace process in eastern Ukraine and wants further talks on ending the conflict between government forces and separatists, the Kremlin said on Friday. "We support the continuation of the Minsk process and advocate holding another meeting of the Contact Group," Ushakov told reporters, referring to a ceasefire agreement...

  • IMF gave richer countries wrong austerity advice Wednesday, 5 Nov 2014 | 2:28 AM ET
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) logo is seen at the IMF headquarters building in Washington.

    The IMF ignored its own research and pushed too early for richer countries to trim budgets after the global financial crisis.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 4- The International Monetary Fund ignored its own research and pushed too early for richer countries to trim budgets after the global financial crisis, the IMF's internal auditor said on Tuesday. The Washington- based multilateral lender, concerned about high debt levels and large fiscal deficits, urged countries like Germany, the United...

  • METALS-Copper slips as Chinese growth, supply weighs Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 6:46 AM ET

    *Copper unable to build on Friday's higher finish. SYDNEY/ LONDON, Oct 20- Copper stayed relatively weak on Monday, struggling to make headway after sliding to six month lows in the previous session, with uncertainty over China's economic growth and a firmer dollar against its main currency rivals. Analysts said that while uncertainty over growth in...

  • *Copper unable to build on Friday's higher finish. SYDNEY, Oct 20- London copper futures fell on Monday after hitting their lowest levels in six months in the previous session, hurt by worries over rising stocks, China's economic growth and the impending end of U.S. monetary stimulus. "Copper is looking weak from a supply and demand perspective," said a metals trader...

  • *Copper unable to build on higher finish on Friday. Copper has some of the weakest fundamentals among base metals as a wave of fresh supply works its way into the market. "Copper is looking weak from a supply and demand perspective," said a metals trader in Sydney.

  • SYDNEY, Oct 20- London copper inched down on Monday after climbing in the last session from its lowest in around six months, hit by worries over the end of U.S. stimulus. *The Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment was surprisingly strong in early October, rising to more than a seven-year high. *In nickel markets, Brazil's Vale SA sees a...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1900 GMT / 3:00 PM ET Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 3:01 PM ET

    LONDON- A series of Reuters interviews with officials, bankers and others involved in the European Central Bank's financial inspection of the euro zone's biggest banks show that in the seven months since it began, the ECB has had to shoot down countless pleas from banks and national supervisors for special treatment. STOCKHOLM/ OSLO/ COPENHAGEN- When it comes to...

  • LONDON, Oct 19- Evaporating inflation and slowing growth have put financial markets into such a spin that they could inflict further damage on the world economy. With the Fed set to turn off its money taps at the end of this month, investors appear to have woken up to poor growth prospects in much of the world, something International Monetary Fund chief Christine...

  • *Greece ready to forego 12 bln euros remaining in IMF bailout. *Euro zone reluctant to remove IMF from supervising Greece. They also said Europeans were resisting a push by Athens to end borrowing from the IMF, which is unpopular in Greece and causing political problems.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- Greece has begun talks for ending International Monetary Fund aid to the country, but will continue to have routine post-bailout reviews by the Washington- based group, a Greek official said after talks with the IMF's chief on Sunday. The IMF is deeply unpopular in Greece for insisting on austerity cuts under Greece's 240 billion euro EU/IMF...

  • But the reality is that Germany hasn't looked this isolated over its policy prescriptions for Europe since the height of the euro zone financial crisis more than two years ago. Treasury Secretary who in an unusually frank panel discussion accused Germany of leading Europe down a path of Japanese-style deflation with a misguided focus on budget...

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Oct 23 Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser speaks on " Monetary Policy and Communications" before the Society of American Business Editors and Writers annual fall conference in New York- 1300 GMT. WASHINGTON- 2014 IIF Annual Membership Meeting. Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary Mark Sobel, Bank of Mexico Deputy Governor...

  • COLUMN-Old measures for New Mediocrity: James Saft Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 4:20 PM ET

    Oct 9- The IMF's "new mediocre" has the sound of a threat, but we may end by wishing it was a promise. The global economy is "looking into the face of what we have called the risk of a new mediocre" period in economic growth, "IMF managing director Christine Lagarde said on Thursday in Washington D.C. at the annual IMF and World Bank meetings. The IMF's advice relies heavily on...

  • *U.S., Germany lack political will to spend. Germany is in danger of slipping into recession, China has slowed, and U.S. policymakers are concerned a fresh bout of global weakness will stymie the U.S. recovery as well. International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde issued a blunt call on Thursday for the United States and Germany to open the taps...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 9- World economic leaders are being urged to rally around a plan to let government do what it does best- spend money- in an effort to buoy a global economy that remains slack and slowing. Even Germany is in danger of slipping into recession, China has slowed, and U.S. policymakers are concerned a fresh world slowdown will stymie the U.S. recovery as well.