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  • *International Monetary Fund will raise U.S. growth forecast. NEW YORK, Dec 23- The dollar drifted lower against the euro on Monday in thin trading, but optimism about the U.S. economy as the Federal Reserve started to withdraw some of its stimulus capped the currency's losses.

  • IMF says will raise U.S. economic growth forecast Sunday, 22 Dec 2013 | 10:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 22- The International Monetary Fund predicts the U.S. economy would expand at a faster pace next year, given positive economic data and some signs of compromise in Congress, the head of the Washington- based lender said on Sunday. "Growth is picking up," Lagarde said on NBC's "Meet the Press."

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 20- Turkey remains vulnerable to a sudden slowdown or halt in capital inflows, and failure to address its imbalances could lead to "systemic distress," slowing the country's economic growth, IMF staff warned in a report.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 20- Turkey remains vulnerable to a sudden slowdown or stop in capital inflows, and failure to address its imbalances could lead to' systemic distress,' slowing the country's growth, IMF staff warned in a report.

  • UPDATE 1-S&P cuts EU long-term rating to AA+ Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 1:21 AM ET

    Dec 20- Standard& Poor's cut its long-term credit rating on the European Union to AA-plus from AAA on Friday, citing rising tensions on budget negotiations. "In our opinion, the overall creditworthiness of the now 28 European Union member states has declined," S&P said in a statement.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The International Monetary Fund disbursed Ireland's last aid tranche on Friday, as the country became the first euro zone member to successfully exit its international bailout.

  • IMF gives Ireland last tranche of bailout aid Friday, 13 Dec 2013 | 4:09 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 13- The International Monetary Fund disbursed Ireland's last aid tranche on Friday, as the European island nation became the first euro zone country to successfully exit its international bailout.

  • *New EU rules follow in vein of harsh treatment of Cyprus. BRUSSELS, Dec 11- Bondholders and large depositors in a failing European bank face taking losses from the start of 2016, European Union negotiators agreed on Wednesday, in a provisional deal on rules to spare taxpayers from further bailouts.

  • Greek parliament approves 2014 budget plan Saturday, 7 Dec 2013 | 7:29 PM ET

    After nearly going bankrupt and almost crashing out of the euro zone last year, Greece expects growth of 0.6 percent in 2014 and hopes to secure more leeway on its debts to the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

  • NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 7- The World Trade Organization reached its first ever trade reform deal on Saturday to the roar of approval from nearly 160 ministers who had gathered on the Indonesian island of Bali to decide on the make-or-break agreement that could add $1 trillion to the global economy.

  • NUSA DUA, Indonesia, Dec 7- The World Trade Organization reached its first ever trade reform deal on Saturday to the roar of approval from nearly 160 ministers who had gathered on the Indonesian island of Bali to decide on the make-or-break agreement that could add $1 trillion to the global economy.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 5- Foreign direct investment into emerging markets should decline next year because of persistent concerns about the global economy, the World Bank's political risk insurance arm said on Thursday.

  • UPDATE 6-U.S. crude oil gains on U.S. GDP, jobless data Thursday, 5 Dec 2013 | 11:52 AM ET

    *OPEC keeps production target unchanged. *John Kerry: core sanctions against Iran remain in place despite interim deal.

  • *OPEC expected to keep production target unchanged. SINGAPORE, Dec 3- Brent crude held steady above $111 a barrel on Tuesday, just off an 11- week high hit the previous day, on an improving demand outlook after recent strong global economic numbers and also worries of lower supplies.

  • *OPEC expected to keep production target unchanged. SINGAPORE, Dec 3- Brent crude held steady above $111 a barrel on Tuesday on an improving demand outlook after recent strong global economic data and on worries of lower supplies. "Demand has been steadily growing in the United States, and China's economy is recovering.

  • TORONTO, Nov 27- Economic growth in Canada should accelerate next year as a pick-up in the U.S. recovery boosts exports, but low inflation means the Bank of Canada can wait to raise interest rates until early 2015, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

  • TORONTO, Nov 27- Canada's economy should accelerate next year as a pick-up in the U.S. recovery boosts exports, although the Bank of Canada is unlikely to raise interest rates until early 2015, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. The IMF sees Canada's economic growth accelerating to 2.25 percent in 2014 from an estimated 1.6 percent this year.

  • OTTAWA, Nov 20- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said on Wednesday the central bank's economic analysis differs from that of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, which recommended it start raising interest rates as soon as 2014..

  • DUBAI, Nov 20- Gulf Arab oil exporters may see unemployment among their citizens rise in coming years unless they change a decades-old habit of relying on cheap foreign labour, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday.

  • BRUSSELS/ FRANKFURT, Nov 19- A leading international think-tank urged the European Central Bank on Tuesday to loosen the purse strings further and buy euro zone government and corporate bonds to accelerate a weak recovery. One of the bank' hawks, Joerg Asmussen, said separately that more action was possible, but only if deemed necessary.

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