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  • SHANGHAI, Oct 24- China's yuan inched lower against the dollar on Friday, pushed down by corporate dollar demand and a slightly lower central bank midpoint, traders said. The People's Bank of China fixed its midpoint at 6.1467, down 0.01 percent from Thursday's fix. It has been buoyed by China's strong trade surpluses every month since May, which have increased...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 24- After months of focus on slack in U.S. labor markets, the Federal Reserve faces a new challenge: the possibility that weak inflation may be so firmly entrenched it upends the return to normal monetary policy. The Fed is expected to take note of recent market turmoil and worsened world conditions at its Oct 28-29 meeting even as it ends the...

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Nov 5 Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    MILAN, Italy- ECB Executive Board member Peter Praet speaks at the International Banking Conference "Structural changes in the banking sector" organized by Bocconi University- 0820 GMT. FRANKFURT- Deutsche Bundesbank Board Member Andreas Dombret to give press conference at the Bundesbank in Frankfurt- 1200 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor...

  • Speculation over whether the UBS will stay in Stamford has swirled for years as the Swiss bank reorganizes and cuts staff, the Stamford Advocate reported. The Advocate said the building was "officially on the market, further signaling the Swiss banking giant is preparing to pack its bags and leave Stamford in the near future." However Jay Hruska, vice chairman of...

  • MEXICO CITY, Oct 23- Grupo Financiero Banorte, Mexico's fourth-largest bank by assets, said on Thursday its third-quarter net profit rose 15 percent from the same period last year, mostly as a result of its increased stake in a pensions and insurance unit. This largely reflected Banorte's buyout last year of Italian insurer Assicurazioni Generali's 49 percent...

  • Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo, who oversees bank regulation, invited CEOs from a group of banks with between roughly $50 billion and roughly $150 billion of assets, the sources said this week. Under the 2010 Dodd-Frank regulatory reform law, banks that have more than $50 billion of assets must show how they would fare in stressful situations before they can...

  • FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct 23- A key witness in the federal tax evasion trial of a top Swiss bank executive took the stand on Thursday to testify against his former boss, Raoul Weil, who is accused of conspiring to conceal up to $20 billion in U.S. taxpayers' assets in secret offshore accounts. The former head of the wealth management division for the Americas at UBS,...

  • INSIGHT-Mario Draghi's German problem Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    *Berlin criticism of ECB course reaches new heights. BERLIN/ FRANKFURT/ PARIS, Oct 23- In early October, European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure paid a discreet visit to the Chancellery in Berlin to express concerns about rising criticism of the bank from German politicians. The Frenchman, one of ECB President Mario Draghi's closest allies in Frankfurt,...

  • *Expectations for a "big bang" style revamp not high in Europe. *Market expects a handful of failures from Europe's stress tests. But expectations for a "big bang"- style restructuring of the banking sector are low, given the political sensitivities at play, and instead the market is factoring in just a handful of failures out of the 130 banks set to be tested, with a few...

  • LONDON, Oct 23- Top managers of a failed bank would be replaced immediately and creditors told within two days the losses they will bear, the Bank of England said on Thursday in its blueprint for avoiding taxpayer bailouts in future financial crises. Had it been in place in 2008 when Royal Bank of Scotland failed, taxpayers would not have had to funnel 45 billion...

  • *ECB bank test results due to be made public at 1100 GMT Sunday. LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Oct 23- The euro zone's 130 biggest banks received the European Central Bank's final verdict on their finances on Thursday after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region's banking sector. They will not be made public until 1100 GMT on...

  • European authorities aim to purge weak banks Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 6:22 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Europe's biggest banks are facing a day of judgment as the European Central Bank prepares to unveil the results of a yearlong search through the dark corners of their finances. It's a step that comes none too soon for the struggling economy of the 18- country eurozone. The ECB becomes Europe's top banking supervisor in November, taking over...

  • *ECB bank test results due at 1100 GMT Sunday. LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Oct 23- At around noon on Thursday, the euro zone's 130 biggest banks will receive the European Central Bank's final verdict on their finances after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region's banking sector. They will not be made public until 1100 GMT on...

  • Credit Suisse Q3 profit more than doubles Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 2:05 AM ET

    GENEVA— Credit Suisse's profits more than doubled in the third quarter as Switzerland's second-largest bank benefited from cost cutting, brisk business in emerging markets and the services it provides for wealthy clients. The Zurich- based bank pleaded guilty in May to aiding U.S. tax evaders and agreed to pay about $2.6 billion to the U.S. government and...

  • TOKYO, Oct 23- Japanese investors may increasingly shift funds overseas as U.S. and British central banks prepare the ground to raise interest rates even as the Bank of Japan maintains its ultra-loose monetary policy, BOJ board member Sayuri Shirai said. But there are no signs that the BOJ's "quantitative and qualitative easing" is creating financial...

  • Lloyds bank to cut 9,000 jobs: Sources Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:24 AM ET

    Lloyds will next week announce plans to cut 9,000 jobs over the next three years, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

  • Big nations snub Beijing bank launch Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:57 AM ET
    Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    China will launch a new $50B Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank on Friday as it steps up its challenge to World Bank. The Financial Times reports.

  • How will European banks fare in stress test?     Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:42 AM ET

    Antonio Timoner-Salva, Senior Economist at IHS, expects at least 10 of the 130 banks to fail the European Central Bank's assessment and related stress tests.

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Oct 23- Squeezed between cut-throat competition from online financing firms and rising funding costs, China's midsize banks are falling out of investors' favour as they increasingly lag behind the country's top five lenders. China's five biggest banks are Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd, China Construction Bank Corp,...

  • TOKYO, Oct 23- The dollar steadied on Thursday, hovering near a one-week high versus the euro, supported by a slight rise in Treasury yields following news of an uptick in U.S. inflation. Concerns over the health of the European banking sector also weighed on the euro and underpinned the dollar after media reported that 11 euro zone banks had failed stress tests run...

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