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  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, March 27- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled that the U.S. central bank will likely start raising borrowing costs later this year, even before inflation and wages have returned to health, but emphasized the return to normal interest rates will be gradual. The Fed has held short-term borrowing costs near zero since December...

  • NEW YORK, March 27- The U.S. dollar edged lower against a basket of major currencies on Friday after traders were reluctant to buy the greenback ahead of U.S. jobs data next week, and after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. "It turned out to be pretty much a replay" of last week's Fed statement, said Alfonso Esparza, senior currency Strategist at Oanda in...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ WASHINGTON, March 27- An interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve may be warranted later this year, with a gradual path expected to follow, although a downturn in core inflation or wage growth could force it to hold off, the central bank's chief said on Friday. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that after the first rate increase a further, gradual tightening...

  • More than a dozen senior insurance executives met Fed Governor Dan Tarullo on Feb. 6 to pitch a two-step process for launching nationwide insurance rules, according to records of the meeting by Dirk Kempthorne, who heads the American Council of Life Insurers, an industry group. While precise estimates are lacking because the rules are still unknown, Bank of...

  • FEDERAL RESERVE IS CONSIDERING LIFE INSURERS' PROPOSAL FOR NEW CAPITAL STANDARDS- SOURCES.

  • *Gold on track to finish week up around 1.3 percent. *Palladium down 3 percent at 2- month lows. LONDON, March 27- Gold fell on Friday, snapping a seven-day rally as the dollar steadied and investors remained cautious ahead of comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, but the metal still looked set to post its second straight weekly gain.

  • NEW YORK, March 27- The dollar posted minor gains against the euro on Friday while slipping slightly against the yen and the Swiss franc as bullish bets on the dollar lost some steam ahead of comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Yellen will speak on monetary policy in San Francisco at 3:45 p.m. EST and traders will keep an ear out for clues on when the...

  • LJUBLJANA, March 27- U.S. investment firm Apollo is in advanced talks to buy Slovenia's second-largest bank Nova KBM, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Friday. Daily newspaper Delo earlier reported that Apollo was buying NKBM for about 200 million euros. Delo said the state and the buyer would share the risk in the event a court ruled NKBM had to...

  • *Dow Chemical to spin off unit, merge it with Olin. NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. stocks edged up on Friday, with major indexes trying to avoid falling every day this week, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that could make for a volatile close on Wall Street. "Yellen will be the big news of the day, certainly, so I don't expect a lot of movement before that," said...

  • *Dow Chemical to spin off unit, merge it with Olin. NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. stocks were set to dip at the open on Friday, setting indexes up for a full week of daily declines, as the dollar index added to the previous session's rebound ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. "Yellen will be the big news of the day, certainly, so I don't expect a lot of movement...

  • LONDON, March 27- The dollar rose across the board on Friday, extending a rebound begun the previous day after Federal Reserve officials signalled they were still on track to raise interest rates this year. Traders are now awaiting a speech by Fed Chair Janet Yellen at 1945 GMT to see whether she strikes a similarly hawkish tone to that of her colleagues, as well as...

  • *Middle East tensions eyed for cues. LONDON, March 27- Gold fell on Friday, snapping a seven-day rally as the dollar rebounded after Federal Reserve officials signalled they remained on track to raise rates this year, but the metal still looked set to post its second straight weekly gain. The metal jumped 2 percent on Thursday to its highest since March 2 at...

  • LONDON, March 27- The dollar climbed broadly on Friday, extending a rebound begun the previous day after Federal Reserve officials signaled they were still on track to raise interest rates this year. "It's pretty clear that the market psychology is still to buy the dollar on dips, and hence we had this huge reversal in the dollar," said Alvin Tan, a currency strategist...

  • MADRID, March 27- Andorra will create a' bad bank' to group the assets of Banca Privada d' Andorra linked to illicit activity, it said late on Thursday, as the principality battles to rebuild the reputation of its banking system. Andorra, a small mountainous state whose economy relies heavily on financial services, took control of BPA this month after the U.S....

  • LJUBLJANA, March 27- Slovenia has sold its second largest bank Nova KBM to investment fund Apollo for about 200 million euros, daily newspaper Delo said on Friday, citing unofficial sources close to the bank. The bank received a state capital injection of 870 million euros in 2013 as a part of a broader rescue package to prevent Slovenia's banks from collapsing...

  • March 27- Hong Kong stocks ended flat on Friday, with banking heavyweights down but property stocks firmer after news of government measures to support the real estate sector. Bank of Communications Co Ltd said on Thursday its bad loan ratio rose to 1.25 percent, the highest level since 2010.. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were...

  • LONDON, March 27- The Bank of England is warning about potential irregularities in financial markets on a regular basis as it tries to address the problems that dragged it into recent market scandals, a senior BoE official said. Chris Salmon, executive director of markets at the BoE, also told Reuters that more rigid rules of engagement for the central bank's...

  • Attorney Melinda Haag said Thursday a federal jury in Oakland found 66- year-old Ebrahim Shabudin guilty of conspiring with others within the bank to falsify key bank records as part of a scheme to conceal millions of dollars in losses and falsely inflate the bank's financial statements. Shabudin was Chief Operating Officer for United Commercial Bank...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 9 Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, United States- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks on "Monetary Policy" before the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Conference: The New Normal for Monetary Policy- 1945 GMT. PRISHTINA- European Central Bank's Deputy Director General International& European Relations, Gilles Noblet, speaks at an event to celebrate the conclusion of a...

  • This is the cure for financial stocks, expert says Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 4:22 PM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Improvement in the economy and more lending will provide a noticeable boost for financials, a fund manager said.

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