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  • UK FINANCE MINISTRY SAYS FOREIGN BANK BRANCHES WILL BE SUBJECT TO EXTRA CHECKS ON SENIOR STAFF.

  • BANGKOK, June 12- As Thailand's junta tries to pull the economy back from the verge of recession, the generals have a significant advantage over the government they ousted- the country's banks are prepared to lend them money, and cheaply too.

  • Tax break tug-of-war tightens across the Hudson Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 2:34 PM ET
    Jersey City, NJ with New York City financial district and Battery Park city reflected on Hudson River.

    New York and New Jersey are attempting to use tax incentives and corporate subsidies to lure businesses to their side of the Hudson.

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, June 11- The U.S. Justice Department is spending some of the $13 billion JPMorgan Chase& Co agreed to pay to settle claims stemming from mortgage misdeeds to speed up similar punishments against other lenders, possibly including Bank of America Corp and Citigroup, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • KIEV, June 11- Ukraine is shutting down two banks owned by tycoons close to its ousted president and a smaller lender which has also been hit by the country's economic and political upheaval, a senior banking official said on Wednesday.

  • ACCRA, June 11- Ghana's central bank is funding the country's budget deficit but the amount does not exceed 10 percent of revenue and any excess will be made up by the end of 2014, governor Henry Kofi Wampah told Reuters in an interview.

  • ACCRA, June 11- Ghana's central bank is funding the country's budget deficit, but the amount does not exceed the limit of 10 percent of revenue collected and any excess will be redressed by the end of 2014, governor Henry Kofi Wampah told Reuters.

  • BRUSSELS, June 11- The European Union's second highest court said on Wednesday it had annulled an EU asset freeze on Syria International Islamic Bank, dealing another blow to EU sanctions following legal victories last year by several Iranian companies.

  • Austria Fin Min: I don’t understand S&P warning Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    Austria’s finance minister admitted he could not understand the reasoning behind Standard and Poor's' warning about the country’s banks.

  • U.S. Treasury official asks banks to fight organized crime Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

    Many criminal groups hide in plain sight in cities like New York, London or Moscow, masquerading behind their investments in real estate or business, and relying on the financial system to move money around the world, David Cohen, the U.S. undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a speech.

  • *Yen advances on few signs of Bank of Japan easing. NEW YORK, June 11- The dollar slipped broadly on Wednesday for the first time in four sessions after traders dismissed expectations of an early Federal Reserve rate hike as premature, while the yen advanced on few signs of further easing from the Bank of Japan.

  • Why higher rates could shock stocks: Blankfein Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 9:54 AM ET
    Lloyd Blankfein

    Stocks are calm, but investors need to be vigilant against complacency because it can lead to upheaval in the market, Goldman Sachs CEO tells CNBC.

  • *Yannis Stournaras to be Greece's new central bank chief. ATHENS, June 11- Former Greek finance minister Yannis Stournaras, who spearheaded Greece's return to economic stability after it nearly crashed out of the euro zone, is to become the next Bank of Greece governor, the central bank said on Wednesday.

  • Afghanistan economy under the gun as bank blacklist looms Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    KABUL, June 11- The most pressing challenge awaiting Afghanistan's new leader may not be the worsening violence, fractured U.S. relationship or declining aid, but an international blacklist hanging over the country's banks.

  • BofA mortgage deal said to be deadlocked Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 6:15 AM ET
    Bank of America in Times Square, New York.

    The bank made its final multibillion-dollar settlement offer, but it was said to be short of what the Justice Department wants it to pay.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet on BNP Paribas fine     Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 2:42 AM ET

    It is "not normal" that both sides of the Atlantic do not have the same set of rules, says Jean-Claude Trichet, former ECB president, commenting on the BNP Paribas fine.

  • BEIJING, June 11- China's central bank said on Wednesday it will keep monetary policy steady in 2014, even as the finance ministry said fiscal spending had surged nearly 25 percent in May from a year earlier, highlighting government efforts to energize the slowing economy.

  • Federal Reserve advanced in the Senate on Tuesday, along with two other nominees to the U.S. central bank, setting the table for their expected confirmation later this week.

  • *Market starting to focus on rate-hike timing. NEW YORK, June 10- U.S. benchmark 10- year yields scaled one-month peaks on Tuesday, as investors have started to price in the prospect of higher interest rates following recent upbeat U.S. economic data and hawkish comments from Federal Reserve officials.

  • WASHINGTON, June 10- The U.S. Senate will hold procedural votes on Tuesday on three Federal Reserve nominees, including Stanley Fischer to be vice chairman, with an aim to hold final votes later in the week.

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