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  • LONDON, Feb 18- The European Union looks set to reduce capital charges on some securitised debt to revive a market that triggered the global financial crisis, but is now seen as key to funding the region's flagging economy. The EU's executive European Commission said it was planning to create a new class of high quality, simple, asset-backed securities that could...

  • ATHENS, Feb 17- A combative Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday his government would not succumb to blackmail from its euro zone partners and was in no hurry to reach a new debt agreement. His Syriza party intended to keep its promises to end the austerity imposed by the European Union and International Monetary Fund under Greece's bailout deals.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 12- Greece agreed on Thursday to talk to its creditors about the way out of its hated international bailout in a political climbdown that could prevent its new leftist-led government running out of money as early as next month. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, attending his first European Union summit, agreed with the chairman of euro zone finance...

  • UKRAINE PM YATSENIUK, SPEAKING OF FUTURE IMF AID PACKAGE, SAYS 2016 COULD BE YEAR OF ECONOMIC GROWTH IF "RUSSIAN AGGRESSION" IS HALTED AND INTERNAL REFORMS ARE A SUCCESS.

  • MUMBAI, Feb 12- The United States will "push back very hard" against countries that target weaker exchange rates to gain an unfair trade advantage, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Thursday, driving home concerns he expressed to the Group of 20 this week. He urged Europe to make greater use of fiscal policy to reinforce monetary stimulus to boost growth.

  • CAIRO, Feb 11- The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday that Egypt's structural and monetary reforms were starting to produce a turnaround in the economy, which has been hit by persistent turmoil since 2011.. Egypt's current government has since embarked on a series of reforms, and asked the IMF to assess its financial and economic condition in the...

  • CAIRO, Feb 11- The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday that Egypt's structural and monetary reforms were starting to produce a turnaround in the economy, which has been hit by persistent turmoil since 2011.. However, Egypt has received billions of dollars in aid from Gulf states since ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted president Mohamed...

  • UPDATE 1-Greece, OECD agree to work together on reforms Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 6:06 AM ET

    ATHENS, Feb 11- Greece and the OECD agreed on Wednesday to work together on reforms to the Greek economy, but Athens insisted it would not let outsiders decide what policies it should adopt. Speaking ahead of a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels, where Greece will present a demand for an end to its international bailout and a transition to a new debt...

  • Chinese economy more sustainable now - China c.bank Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 8:55 PM ET

    BEIJING, Feb 11- China's economy is now more sustainable and domestic consumption is steadily rising, Chinese Central Bank Vice Governor Yi Gang told a G20 meeting of finance officials earlier this week. To stoke growth and bank lending, China's central bank last week reduced the amount of cash that banks have to hold as reserves for the first time in over two...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 10- Following are the key points of a communique released by G20 finance officials at the end of a two-day meeting in Istanbul. -Growth in the global economy remains uneven and although the recovery is in progress, it is slow, especially in some advanced economies, notably the euro area and Japan. We continue to urge the United States to ratify the 2010...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 10- G20 finance officials painted a downbeat picture of the world economy on Tuesday and vowed to use monetary and fiscal policy to boost activity if needed. A communique released at the end of a two-day meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in Istanbul, said: "We will continuously review our monetary and fiscal policy settings and act...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 10- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz insisted on Tuesday that he has not been talking down the Canadian dollar, saying it has fallen because of economic developments, particularly the collapse in the price of oil. Poloz, who moved over from Export Development Canada in mid-2013, has often spoken of the need for exports to take over as a main...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 10- The oil price shock has been front and center at meetings of the Group of 20 leading economies, Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said on Tuesday, but nothing he has heard at the talks so far has changed his economic outlook. Speaking in an interview with Reuters and another news outlet, Poloz also rejected the notion that he has been purposefully...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 10- The United States urged a meeting of the Group of 20 leading economies not to resort to currency devaluations to boost exports, while a draft communique gave a gloomy assessment on Tuesday of the outlook for global growth. The meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in Istanbul comes at a difficult time, with major economies running at...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 10- Regulatory and financial reforms have helped diminish the risk Greece may pose to the euro zone, Canada's finance minister said on Tuesday, amidst growing concern about Athens' determination to ease austerity measures. "The United States is doing well, the UK, Canada, Australia, but generally global growth is disappointing, and there are some...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 10- The Group of 20 leading economies will pledge to act decisively on monetary and fiscal policy if needed to combat the risk of persistent stagnation, according to a draft communique obtained by Reuters on Tuesday. The communique, intended for adoption by G20 ministers later on Tuesday at a meeting in Istanbul, pointed to the risk of prolonged low...

  • G20 DRAFT: G20 DEEPLY DISAPPOINTED WITH CONTINUED DELAY IN IMF QUOTA REFORM, URGES U.S.

  • G20 DRAFT: CURRENT ECONOMIC CONDITIONS REQUIRE ACCOMMODATIVE MONETARY POLICY IN SOME ECONOMIES.

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 9- Group of 20 finance officials look likely to reject a proposal to set countries specific investment targets to spur a global economy which appears increasingly reliant on the United States for growth. The meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in Istanbul comes as Greece casts a new shadow over Europe, cheap oil plays havoc with...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 9- The recent slide in global oil prices is a benefit for the world economy and could lead to some upgrades of economic forecasts, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday. "For the world economy, without a doubt, weaker oil prices are a plus," Kuroda told reporters on the sidelines of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in...