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  • Why banks made more money last quarter Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 3:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Wall Street and Main Street gave banks a boost last quarter. JPMorgan Chase created $24.7 billion worth of mortgages, up 45 percent from a year earlier, while Bank of America put together mortgages worth $13.7 billion, up 54 percent. Wells Fargo, the nation's largest mortgage lender, generated $49 billion in home loans, up 36 percent from the same period...

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- U.S. consumer prices increased for a second straight month in March on rising gasoline and housing costs, a sign of inflation that should keep the Federal Reserve on course to start raising interest rates this year. "The data should allay the disinflation concerns that predominated earlier this year and, on the margin, increase the Fed's...

  • FRANKFURT, April 17- Deutsche Bank's board has decided to sell its Postbank unit, rather than splitting off all retail operations at Germany's biggest lender, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Friday, without citing sources. The Deutsche Bank branded branch network would therefore remain a part of the company, though there would be branch closures and some...

  • 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.

  • BEIJING, April 17- China's bank regulator temporarily suspended this week new financial industry cybersecurity rules after feedback from banks, showing the practical challenges of the nation's long-term effort to cut dependence on entrenched foreign technology. China has recently advanced a wave of new policies to tighten cybersecurity roughly 18...

  • Global finance leaders see economy strengthening Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:43 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Financial officials from the world's major economies on Friday welcomed modest improvements in the global economy while side-stepping fears rattling global financial markets that Greece will default on its bailout loans. The meetings' chairman, Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan, said the problems confronting Greece did not come up...

  • "Confidence is back," said Laura Oberst, an executive vice president at Wells Fargo& Co who oversees commercial banking for the central U.S. region. A Wells Fargo spokeswoman could not immediately provide a bank-wide utilization rate for commercial and industrial borrowers, but said it has gone up a few percentage points over the past year. The increased usage...

  • SHANGHAI, April 17- China's yuan firmed against the dollar for the third straight session on Friday after the central bank fixed its daily guidance rate to more than two-month high, further strengthening views that the yuan will remain stable, traders said. The People's Bank of China set the midpoint rate at 6.1267 per dollar prior to market open, the highest...

  • Federal Reserve may allow big banks to use some municipal bonds to meet new liquidity rules that ensure they have enough cash during a credit crunch, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The Fed had excluded debt issued by cities and states when it approved liquidity rules for large banks in September, part of a global effort...

  • China suspends bank-technology rules that sparked worry Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:40 PM ET

    BEIJING, April 17- China has put on hold bank-technology rules that Washington and others complained amount to unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, a government notice seen by Reuters said. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visits China on a high-profile trade mission to drum up business for U.S. firms. "I think the government concern is reasonable,...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- The United States and Japan want the World Bank and Asian Development Bank to team up with a new Chinese-led development bank in syndicated loans, as a way of helping the new lender establish strong standards, Japan's finance minister said. Washington and Tokyo are leading members of the World Bank and ADB, respectively, and have been wary of...

  • NEW YORK, April 16- Goldman Sachs Group Inc's blockbuster performance in stock trading last quarter has some Wall Street watchers wondering whether it knocked rival Morgan Stanley out of the top spot in equities. Goldman was head-and-shoulders above Morgan Stanley for many years in stock trading, where the two banks compete aggressively to finance hedge...

  • Big banks bigger than before   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 4:15 PM ET
    Big banks get bigger; Still too big to fail?

    CNBC's Jeff Cox reports the top 5 banks now control about 45 percent of assets in the banking industry. Congressman Barney Frank says U.S. banks are not too big to fail.

  • *Rosengren, Lockhart lean toward waiting on rate hikes. SAN FRANCISCO, April 16- Federal Reserve officials on Thursday were again at public odds over when the U.S. central bank should start raising rates, underscoring the difficult task ahead for Fed Chair Janet Yellen as she tries to build consensus for a rate hike sometime later this year. On Thursday, Vice Chair...

  • Fed's Fischer sees first U.S. rate hike this year Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 16- The U.S. economy will probably strengthen enough for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year, Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer said on Thursday.

  • Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart, whose comments were closely-watched since he is a voting member of the Fed's rate-setting committee this year, said the Fed's interest rate plans were being complicated by factors including a "murky" run of first-quarter data. Comments from Cleveland Fed President Loretta Mester and Boston Fed...

  • West Palm Beach, Fla., April 16- Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank president Dennis Lockhart said on Thursday the recent "murky" run of U.S. data has him leaning against a June interest rate hike, but added he is confident the economy will remain on track. "I would lean to a little later versus a little earlier," said Lockhart, saying that a below-par March U.S. employment report...

  • LONDON, April 16- The U.S. Federal Reserve should wait longer before it starts to raise interest rates and then be ready to increase them more quickly than if it started to tighten policy soon, a top Fed official said on Thursday. "I have some sympathy for waiting longer and then tightening more quickly if that becomes necessary," Eric Rosengren, president of the...

  • WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., April 16- Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank President Dennis Lockhart said on Thursday he does not think the U.S. central bank needs to wait until all aspects of labor market slack are absorbed before beginning to raise interest rates. "There are people who have dropped out. I would like to see that absorbed, "Lockhart said following a speech to a...

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