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  • BEIJING, Jan 19- China's central bank and commercial banks bought the most yuan in seven years in December at around $19 billion, a Reuters calculation of data showed, suggesting some capital is leaving the world's second-largest economy as its growth slows. China's central bank and commercial banks sold 118.4 billion yuan worth of foreign exchange on a net...

  • ZURICH, Jan 19- The amount of cash commercial banks hold with the Swiss National Bank jumped last week, data showed on Monday, indicating the central bank may have intervened to defend its cap on the franc before abruptly scrapping the currency ceiling. Sight deposits, the accounts used to provide commercial banks with cash, rose by 10.6 billion francs last week to...

  • LONDON, Jan 19- The euro edged up against the dollar on Monday but was still close to an 11- year low as investors braced for the European Central Bank to take its boldest steps yet to combat deflation and revive the euro zone's moribund economy. The Swiss National Bank removed one of the euro's few remaining pillars of support last Thursday when it stunned markets...

  • SocGen picks Bini Smaghi for new chairman post Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 3:09 AM ET

    French bank Societe Generale decides to split the top job and appoint Italian economist Lorenzo Bini Smaghi as the group's chairman.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK TO OFFER $10 BLN IN ONE-YEAR FOREX REPOS WITH INTEREST RATE OF 1.1099 PCT ON MONDAY.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK TO OFFER 28- DAY FOREX REPO UP TO $7 BLN WITH INTEREST RATE OF 0.668 PCT ON MONDAY.

  • PBOC to refrain from big stimulus: Pro   Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 10:35 PM ET
    POBC to refrain from big stimulus: Pro

    The PBOC will continue with its style of micro-management and refrain from broad-based easing, says Gavin Parry, Managing Director at Parry International Trading.

  • What's behind weak China housing, lending data?   Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 9:11 PM ET
    What's behind weak China housing, lending data?

    Tim Condon, Head of Research, Asia of ING Financial Markets, says November's rate cut will soon begin to bear fruit for mortgage lending.

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 19- China's banking regulator has issued draft rules to tighten supervision of entrusted loans, a kind of shadow banking product, in a move seen targeting excessive leverage used to speculate on stocks. "The impact of industry overcapacity, local government debt, shadow bank and property risk on the capital markets is not negligible," China...

  • MELBOURNE, Jan 19- London copper jumped on Monday before paring gains as traders who scooped up the metal near last week's 5-1/ 2 year lows took profits, with caution over this week's European Central Bank meeting seen keeping a lid on any upward momentum. *The most-traded March copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange was up 0.9 percent at 41,440 yuan a...

  • ESMA: Europe must focus on capital markets   Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 6:45 PM ET
    ESMA: Europe must focus on capital markets

    Steven Maijoor, Chair, European Securities & Markets Authority, says Europe should shift from being a banking dominated system to one where capital markets play a bigger role.

  • *Dec home prices fell for 4th month y/y. BEIJING, Jan 18- China's new home prices fell significantly in December for a fourth straight month even as. If the GDP data proves worse than expected, some analysts say the People's Bank of China could cut interest rates further or lower reserve requirement ratios for all banks.

  • Swiss central bank's shock leaves policy vacuum Saturday, 17 Jan 2015 | 6:21 AM ET

    The Swiss National Bank had little choice but to abandon its cap on the franc, but its execution of the move left a vacuum of policy uncertainty.

  • Sorry bankers, no swimming pool this year Saturday, 17 Jan 2015 | 5:50 AM ET

    London and Wall Street bankers look set to get slightly lower bonuses for 2014, based on pay details released this week by big U.S. banks.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Jan 30 Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 7:00 PM ET

    ATLANTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart gives welcome remarks and speaks on " Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta's CED Programs and Financial Literacy Programs" before the HOPE Global Forum- 1350 GMT. DUBLIN- The Central Bank of Ireland, Center for Economic Policy Research and International Monetary Fund are organizing a...

  • Swiss shock a boon for this company Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 6:44 PM ET

    While companies went bust and teetered on the brink of insolvency by the Swiss franc shock, Gain Capital was only shocked that it took so long.

  • ZURICH, Jan 16- The Swiss National Bank had little choice but to abandon its three-year-old cap on the franc but its execution of the move left a vacuum of policy uncertainty where a pillar of stability stood before. With the euro diving against the dollar as the European Central Bank gears up for fresh stimulus as early as next week, the SNB felt the 1.20- francs-...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 16- The Federal Reserve is still on track for a potential mid-year interest-rate increase, a top Fed official said on Friday, citing strong U.S. economic momentum and a falling unemployment rate. "There is no need to rush to raise rates; at the same time we want to make sure that we appropriately act in a way that we don't get behind the curve," San...

  • Financials slip 'n slide   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 3:30 PM ET
    Financials slip 'n slide

    Banks are the real disappointment of the fourth quarter earnings season. Insight to the struggles for financial names, with Nick Raich, The Earnings Scout CEO, and Chris Whalen, Kroll Bond Rating Agency.

  • Reading bank earnings   Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 2:46 PM ET
    Reading bank earnings

    Mark Luschini, Janney Montgomery Scott, discusses what fourth quarter earnings means for bank investors.

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