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  • Mike Hirst, Managing Director of Bendigo & Adelaide Bank, says the acquisition of Rural Finance aligns with the lender's decision to invest more in the agricultural sector.

  • DALLAS, May 4- The Federal Reserve will likely bring its massive bond-buying program to an end in October, and only after that will it consider when to raise U.S. interest rates, a top Fed official said on Sunday. "I personally expect us to end that program in October," Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher said in an interview on Fox News.

  • May 2- The U.S. Treasury Department said on Friday that the Internal Revenue Service this year and next will take into account "good faith efforts" by foreign banks to comply with a new U.S. anti-tax evasion law set to take effect on July 1.

  • *Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley global coordinators. ATHENS, May 2- Greece's largest lender, National Bank, will launch the bookbuilding process for its 2.5 billion euro equity offering on May 6 and announce the pricing of the new shares on May 9, an NBG official told Reuters on Friday.

  • LONDON, May 2- The Bank of England's starkest warning so far about Britain's booming house prices is likely to be followed by cautious measures, possibly as soon as next month, as policymakers test out their new powers.

  • LONDON, May 2- Shining a light on the murky $70 trillion world of "shadow banking" is proving tricky for regulators handicapped by too little data and under pressure to boost economic growth, and this means risks may be escaping proper scrutiny. The sector is growing, up by $5 trillion in 2012 with an increase in China causing regulators there to intervene.

  • 'Bond King' no more? Investors flee Pimco fund Friday, 2 May 2014 | 8:14 AM ET
    Bill Gross

    The flight from the Pimco Total Return Fund continued apace in April with investors withdrawing another $3.1 billion, the 12th month of outflows.

  • *Q1 net 1.2 bln stg vs company poll consensus of 200 mln. LONDON, May 2- Royal Bank of Scotland trebled its profit in the first quarter, beating analysts' expectations and handing a boost to new Chief Executive Ross McEwan as he looks to turn around the government-controlled bank's fortunes.

  • Uncertainty remains on RBS: Pro     Friday, 2 May 2014 | 4:19 AM ET

    George Hay, European financial editor at Reuters Breakingviews, says the RBS stock surged following earnings because, for the first time in a while, the group did not present "a new strategy or a new disaster."

  • RBS results a 'huge surprise': Pro     Friday, 2 May 2014 | 3:15 AM ET

    Nick Hungerford, director and CEO of Nutmeg, says the Royal Bank of Scotland's first quarter results were a "huge surprise", but adds the bank has been "cautious" in its outlook.

  • RBS profit triples; shares rocket Friday, 2 May 2014 | 3:19 AM ET
    A pedestrian passes a branch of Royal Bank of Scotland Group in London, U.K., on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

    Part-nationalized Royal Bank of Scotland trebled its profit in the first quarter, boosted by effective cost-control and waning impairment charges.

  • May 1- Regional banks including US Bancorp and PNC Financial Services Group Inc are making more business loans at rates that are starting to alarm bigger U.S. banks like JPMorgan Chase& Co, executives said.

  • May 1- Regional banks including US Bancorp and PNC Financial Services Group Inc are making more business loans at rates that are starting to alarm bigger U.S. banks like JPMorgan Chase& Co, executives said.

  • TOKYO, May 2- The core unit of Mizuho Financial Group Inc is talking to several Asian banks about investing in their operations, a top executive said, but Japan's second-largest lender by assets is unlikely to make the sort of flashy deals like those done recently by its rivals.

  • *Europe heeds past mistakes, evolution of US tests. LONDON, May 1- Europe's banking watchdog has edged closer to the United States in a check up of its banks this year and is keen to go further still to increase its influence over how banks behave, including how much they pay staff or shareholders.

  • ADIB eyes North Africa, Mashriq for expansion     Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    In 2013, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank acquired Barclay's UAE retail operations for a price tag of $177 million. CEO Tirad Mahmoud clarifies the benefits of the deal, and why the bank's business model does not depend on pious consumers.

  • Abu Dhabi Islamic Banks is one of the largest Sharia-compliant lenders in the region. The company's CEO, Tirad Mahmoud, joins the conversation on what Islamic finance is about, industry regulation and the culture of risk taking.

  • Does Islamic finance lower systemic risk?     Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    A popular focus of emerging scholarly literature looks at whether Islamic finance offers any systemic benefits to the global economy. Tirad Mahmoud, the chief executive of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, details the defining trends of the business

  • Yellen: Small bank loan growth a good sign Thursday, 1 May 2014 | 8:42 AM ET
    Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve.

    Community bank earnings have rebounded since the financial crisis, and that's a good sign for the economy, the Fed chair says.

  • Environment right for large deals: Altman     Thursday, 1 May 2014 | 7:52 AM ET

    What's finally changed is the return of large strategic transactions, explains Roger Altman, Evercore Partners chairman & founder, providing his outlook on M&A.

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