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  • LONDON, June 10- HSBC's investment bank could shed more than a fifth of its clients and plans to reduce its credit and interest rates businesses by $100 billion over the next two years in its bid to improve profitability. Under a strategic shift announced on Tuesday, HSBC said it will reduce the assets at its investment bank by a third, or $140 billion, which will...

  • *Half job cuts to come from sale of Brazil, Turkey businesses. HONG KONG/ LONDON, June 9- HSBC pledged a new era of higher dividends on Tuesday, laying out plans to slash nearly one in five jobs and shrink its investment bank by a third to combat sluggish growth across its sprawling empire. HSBC will cut its assets by a quarter, or $290 billion on a risk adjusted basis, by...

  • *Half job cuts to come from sale of Brazil, Turkey businesses. HONG KONG/ LONDON, June 9- HSBC pledged a new era of higher dividends on Tuesday, laying out plans to slash nearly one in five jobs and shrink its investment bank by a third to combat sluggish growth across its sprawling empire. It will cut its assets by a quarter, or $290 billion on a risk adjusted basis by 2017,...

  • *Half job cuts to come from sale of Brazil, Turkey businesses. HONG KONG/ LONDON, June 9- HSBC will shed almost 50,000 jobs and take an axe to its investment bank, cutting the assets of Europe's biggest lender by a quarter in a bid to simplify and improve its sluggish performance. The cuts will leave HSBC with about 208,000 full-time equivalent staff by 2017, down from...

  • *HSBC to cut risk weighted assets by $290 bln. HONG KONG, June 9- HSBC will cut almost 50,000 jobs from its payroll, take an axe to its investment bank and shrink its risk weighted assets by $290 billion in an effort to improve its sluggish performance, Europe's biggest bank said on Tuesday. However the cuts, to be completed by 2017, will be followed by some hiring in...

  • *HSBC to cut risk weighted assets by $290 bln. *HSBC targets growth in Asia insurance, Guangdong province. HONG KONG, June 9- HSBC will take an axe to its investment bank and seek to cut up to $5 billion in costs in an effort to improve its sluggish performance, Europe's biggest bank said on Tuesday.

  • SHANGHAI, June 9- China's consumer inflation eased while producer prices stayed stubbornly in deflation in May, bolstering the case for fiscal stimulus as the world's second-largest economy shrugs off monetary easing. "We are basically in the midst of a balance sheet recession with Chinese characteristics," said Andrew Polk, economist at the Conference Board...

  • Iceland to ease capital controls imposed since crash Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | 11:59 AM ET
    Reykjavik downtown, Iceland

    Iceland is to introduce a 39 percent exit tax on assets from its failed banks, as part of moves to lift capital controls.

  • LONDON, June 1- Standard Chartered's incoming Chief Executive Bill Winters is expected to raise capital and cut the bank's dividend later this year, potentially forced to act by a tough stress test of its Asian loans, investors and analysts said. Few believe the ex- JPMorgan rainmaker will miss the chance to bolster the balance sheet during his honeymoon at the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 29- Alpha Natural Resources Inc no longer qualifies for a government program that subsidizes a share of mine cleanup insurance, requiring the coal company to find another way to cover roughly $400 million in liabilities, Wyoming officials said on Friday. "At the end of the day, the rules for self bonding are very clear," said Keith Guille, a spokesman...

  • *ECB balance sheet to expand to 3.3 trillion euros by Sept 2016. May 28- The European Central Bank will be able to meet its balance sheet expansion target and shut the asset purchase programme as planned in September 2016, a Reuters poll of economists showed on Thursday. The poll of 75 economists, taken this week, showed the ECB's total balance sheet would increase to...

  • SNB's Danthine says aware of negative rates risks Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    GENEVA, May 19- The Swiss National Bank is aware of the risks posed by negative interest rates, which it has used to tame a surge in the Swiss franc, SNB vice-chairman Jean-Pierre Danthine said on Tuesday. According to an advance text of a speech in Geneva, Danthine also said the SNB could expand its balance sheet again if needed. Switzerland's central bank shocked...

  • *Non-core businesses, power stations could be sold. *Eskom has $17 bln funding gap till 2018. JOHANNESBURG, May 13- South Africa is considering either partially privatising state-owned utility Eskom or putting up some of its assets for sale in order to secure funding for the power producer and resolve an energy crisis, the Treasury said on Wednesday.

  • *Officials suggest no rush to trim $4.5 trln balance sheet. *As much as $500 bln in mortgage, Treasury bonds expire in 2016. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, May 7- The Federal Reserve is sketching out plans to prevent an abrupt contraction in its massive balance sheet next year, when as much as $500 billion in bonds expire and risk disrupting markets and the U.S. economic...

  • *Officials suggest no rush to trim $4.5 trln balance sheet. *Some $500 bln in mortgage, Treasury bonds expire in 2016. NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, May 7- The Federal Reserve is sketching out plans to prevent an abrupt contraction in its massive balance sheet next year, when some $500 billion in bonds expire and risk disrupting markets and the U.S. economic recovery.

  • MONTREAL, May 5- Some exchange-traded funds and mutual funds might face liquidity problems if a large number of investors were to run for the exits at the same time, Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins warned on Tuesday. Among changes the Bank of Canada is proposing, Wilkins listed:. -Reducing the amount of benchmark government bonds the Bank of...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, April 20- Intermediate producer Legacy Oil+ Gas Inc formed a special committee on Monday to deal with hedge fund FrontFour Capital's move to gain seats on its board, the first major case of shareholder activism in Canada's oil patch since last year's sharp drop in crude prices. Calgary- based Legacy, which has assets in southern Alberta and light...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, April 20- Intermediate producer Legacy Oil+ Gas formed a special committee on Monday to deal with hedge fund FrontFour Capital's move to gain seats on its board, the first major case of shareholder activism in Canada's oil patch since last year's sharp drop in crude prices. Calgary- based Legacy, which has assets in the foothills of southern...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Alpha Natural Resources Inc, a struggling U.S. coal company, may be forced to buy costly new insurance or otherwise ensure it can cover obligations for cleaning up any abandoned mines, according to officials in West Virginia. Alpha has been allowed to leave about $262 million in cleanup liabilities uninsured in West Virginia under a federal...

  • HONG KONG, April 12- China's Evergrande Real Estate Group has cut leverage on its balance sheet over the past two years to a third by classifying some of it as equity, according to analysts' calculations based on its public filings. Evergrande, the most indebted developer among China's top 10 property firms, is seeking additional funding to expand, and a lower...