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  • SINGAPORE, May 4- Gold languished near a six-week low on Monday, unable to recover from a three-day losing streak, as the dollar gained on signs of stabilisation in the U.S. economy, and fears the Federal Reserve would soon hike interest rates. *Spot gold was firm at $1,178.50 an ounce by 0042 GMT, not far from a six-week low of $1,170.20 reached on Friday.

  • ORANGE, Calif./ PHILADELPHIA, May 1- The Federal Reserve could well raise interest rates as soon as June, two top U.S. central bankers said on Friday, so long as economic data strengthens as expected from a dismal first quarter. The key, both Loretta Mester, president of the Cleveland Fed, and John Williams, president of the San Francisco Fed, said, is that by a quirk of the...

  • How old? Popular site hits, and misses, CEO ages Friday, 1 May 2015 | 2:02 PM ET

    A new online tool from Microsoft tells users how old they look. CNBC.com used it to see which CEOs could use some extra vacation time.

  • NEW YORK— The U.S. government announced a system Friday to compensate people harmed by Sudan, Iran and Cuba using some of the $8.9 billion forfeited by France's largest bank for violating U.S. economic sanctions by processing transactions for clients in blacklisted countries. It said it processed billions of dollars in illegal transactions on behalf of...

  • Europe banks: Is Lloyds the best performer?   Friday, 1 May 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    Europe banks: Is Lloyds the best performer?

    Filippo Alloatti, senior credit analyst at Hermes Fund Managers, discusses Lloyds bank and Royal Bank of Scotland's earnings.

  • UK banking is a difficult space: Strategist   Friday, 1 May 2015 | 3:00 AM ET
    UK banking is a difficult space: Strategist

    Will Hobbs, head of equity strategy at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, discusses the challenges facing Lloyds and the wider banking sector.

  • TOKYO, May 1- The Bank of Japan's massive stimulus program lowered real interest rates by slightly less than 1 percentage point, the central bank said on Friday, a day after it rolled back the timeframe for hitting its ambitious inflation target. During the period, Japan's output gap improved by 2 points and annual consumer inflation rose 1 point, roughly in line...

  • Lloyds pre-tax profit slips on TSB loss Friday, 1 May 2015 | 2:54 AM ET

    Lloyds reported an 11 percent fall in statutory profits to £1.2 bn for the first quarter, after booking a £660 million charge on the sale of TSB.

  • TOKYO, May 1- The Bank of Japan's massive stimulus program lowered real interest rates by slightly less than 1 percentage point, an estimate by the central bank showed on Friday. "The actual improvement in economic activity and prices was mostly in line with the mechanism anticipated" by the quantitative and qualitative easing program, the BOJ said in a research...

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 14 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SANTIAGO- Central bank of Chile to release the minutes of April policy meeting- 1230 GMT. BUDAPEST- Central Bank of Hungary non-rate-setting meeting. WARSAW- National Bank of Poland holds Monetary Policy Council Meeting.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 14 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    BOSTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren gives welcome and opening remarks before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act Outreach Meeting hosted by the bank- 1300 GMT. BOSTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks at opening session before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction...

  • 7 years on from crisis, $150B in fines and penalties Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 2:32 PM ET
    Bank of America

    More than seven years after the global financial collapse, banks have paid more than $150 billion in fines and other penalties.

  • Chinese banks are clobbering the US: Bove Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 2:20 PM ET
    Richard Bove

    China's banks are taking over the world, or at least pushing their U.S. counterparts out of the leadership role, analyst Dick Bove says.

  • UPDATE 1-New York Fed's top bank regulator to step down Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    Dahlgren's team of bank examiners directly oversees the country's top banks, acting as the U.S. central bank's eyes and ears on Wall Street. Dahlgren, a low-key and well-respected figure at the Fed and on Wall Street, will become a senior advisor to New York Fed President William Dudley on Oct. 1 before retiring later in the year. As the government regulator closest...

  • *Bank to probe own management in wake of U.S. fine over Iran. FRANKFURT, April 30- Commerzbank suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of its biggest shareholder, the German government, in a vote over a bonus scheme that would have offered top performers up to triple their basic pay. In 2014, Britain's RBS, 80 percent state-owned, withdrew a request to pay a bonus...

  • A millionaire, a Swiss account, and a secret flight Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    The story of Florida businessman Mark Gordon shows the shadowy world of Swiss banking.

  • MOSCOW, April 30- Russia's central bank cut its main lending rate by 1-1/ 2 percentage points on Thursday, its third rate cut this year, a sign that it believes the worst of an economic crisis is over. The cut to 12.5 percent follows the rouble's recovery in recent weeks after a dramatic decline last year as global oil prices fell and Western economic sanctions over...

  • Fed's Tarullo wants to cut red tape for small banks Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 30- Rules for small U.S. banks should be less strict and less cumbersome than those for their larger and more risky peers, the Federal Reserve's top regulator said on Thursday. Small banks with $10 billion or less in assets could for instance be allowed to opt into simpler capital rules, Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo said in a speech to bankers.

  • Why did the US pay this former Swiss banker $104M? Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:10 AM ET
    Bradley Birkenfeld, a former banker with UBS AG, walks outside Schuylkill Federal Correctional Institution after speaking to the media in Minersville, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010.

    Former banker and whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld tells how he came to be the man who ended the tradition of bank secrecy.

  • UPDATE 1-Russian central bank cuts key rate to 12.5 pct Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 6:56 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 30- The Russian central bank cut its main lending rate by one-and-a half percentage points on Thursday, responding to a rally in the rouble and signs inflation has peaked. At 1047 GMT the rouble was at 51.23 against the dollar, still down 0.7 percent on the day. In an accompanying statement, the central bank said that inflation was running at 16.5...

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