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  • WASHINGTON, April 17- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Friday the dominant view among Group of 20 finance leaders was that recent exchange-rate moves largely reflected economic fundamentals, while Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said he had not faced criticism from his G20 counterparts over the weak yen. "I didn't get the impression there was...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The Group of 20 leading economies on Friday said risks to the global economy had diminished with improved growth prospects in rich nations, but it warned of challenges from exchange rate volatility and geopolitical tensions to low inflation. "Risks to the global economy are more balanced since we last met," G20 finance ministers and central...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan said on Friday that the Group of 20 leading economies saw a moderate, but uneven, global recovery, and said officials agreed to proceed cautiously in adjusting monetary policies. "Monetary policy settings should be carefully calibrated and carefully communicated to minimize spillovers," Babacan...

  • G20 to sidestep U.S. on IMF reforms -draft communique Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:39 PM ET

    To get around the United States, the IMF's board had proposed one "interim" plan to raise the voting rights of some emerging countries under an "ad hoc" increase without touching U.S. veto power. But countries like China would only get a small bump in their shares under this option, which requires all changes to allow the United States to keep at least 15 percent of the...

  • *Britain's Osborne says Greece casts gloom over finance meetings. WASHINGTON, April 17- The Group of 20 leading economies struck a hopeful tone on the outlook for global growth on Friday even as officials fretted that Athen's inability to strike a deal with its lenders could upset Europe's tentative recovery. While Greece was not mentioned by name in the...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The Greek financial crisis has helped make the mood at international financial talks in Washington this week "notably more gloomy," British finance minister George Osborne said on Friday. "It's clear now to me that a misstep or a miscalculation on either side could easily return European economies to the kind of perilous situation we saw...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The Group of 20 leading economies was set on Friday to warn of a heightened risk of financial volatility as the monetary policies of major central banks begin to go their separate ways. "In an environment of diverging monetary policy settings and rising financial market volatility, policy settings should be carefully calibrated and...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The Group of 20 leading economies was set on Friday to warn of a heightened risk of financial volatility as the monetary policies of major central banks begin to go their separate ways.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 29 Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. WASHINGTON- Institute for International Finance hosts International Capital Markets and Emerging Markets Roundtable. NEW YORK- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens speaks at an American Australian Association luncheon hosted by Goldman Sachs- 1630...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Greece cannot simply sign up for an existing agreement on its debt that will not solve its economic problems, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund meetings on Thursday. In prepared remarks for a speech at the Brookings Institution, Varoufakis said "we will not sign up to targets we know...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- The head of the International Monetary Fund on Thursday signaled she would not grant a payment delay to Greece, as it had never been done for an advanced economy and the Fund should protect its safe reputation. Greece is fast running out of cash and its euro zone and IMF lenders have frozen bailout aid until the new leftist-led government in...

  • IMF's Lagarde says Greece should not delay payments Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:50 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 16- The head of the International Monetary Fund on Thursday signaled she would not grant a payment delay to Greece, as it had never been done for an advanced economy and the Fund should protect its safe reputation. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said a Greek delay on its repayments to the Fund would not be recommended in the current...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Overreliance on currency depreciations to boost domestic economies could exacerbate global tensions over exchange rates, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday. The sharp rise of the dollar against the euro and yen is expected to be a major theme at the meeting of the world's top economic policymakers in Washington...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 28 Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio speaks before the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College 24th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies- 1300 GMT. WASHINGTON- International Monetary Fund Deputy Managing Director Min Zhu, Central Bank of Malaysia Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, Turkey Deputy...

  • NEW DELHI, April 15- India needs to move towards full capital account convertibility to become a leading global economy, junior finance minister Jayant Sinha said on Wednesday. Sinha's comments came a day after the International Monetary Fund predicted Asia's third-largest economy would become the fastest growing major economy in the world, outpacing...

  • UPDATE 1-OECD says BOJ has done enough, warns of QQE risks Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 12:48 AM ET

    *Yen will rise long-term if Japan revives economy-Gurria. TOKYO, April 15- Japan must be mindful of the risks of its massive monetary stimulus and speed up much-needed structural reforms to revive the economy, the OECD said on Wednesday, warning of delays in their implementation. "The first arrow is working, but there are limits," Gurria told reporters after issuing...

  • FOREX-Dollar slides on U.S. retail sales, IMF outlook Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 3:16 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 14- The dollar tumbled on Tuesday, after five straight days of gains, as investors took advantage of weaker-than-expected U.S. retail sales to lighten hefty positions on the greenback that had built up due to expectations of an impending rate increase. The yen, meanwhile, gained broadly, hitting a two-year high against the euro after an economic...

  • NEW YORK, April 14- The dollar sank on Tuesday after March U.S. retail sales data, while the strongest in a year, came in below expectations, triggering a sell-off that pulled the greenback down from the prior week's strong gains. At the same time, a second blow to the U.S. economic outlook came from the International Monetary Fund. "I wouldn't be surprised if people...

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- Recent shifts in exchange rates should help the global economy, boosting Japan and Europe in particular, amid increasing divergence in the growth paths of the world's major economies, the International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday. The Washington- based institution kept its global growth forecasts unchanged, with faster economic...

  • WASHINGTON, April 14- The International Monetary Fund highlighted an increasing divergence in the growth paths of the world's major economies this year, as a pick-up in the euro zone and India is expected to be offset by diminished prospects in other key emerging markets. In its flagship World Economic Outlook, the Washington- based institution kept its...