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  • TOKYO, Oct 22- Izuru Kato is a soft-spoken and bookish economist, but his dismissal of the Bank of Japan's stimulus policy as "monetary shamanism" is ringing loud in the ears of bank Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. His weekly research notes- with witty insights stretching from monetary policy to how the poor lime crop in Mexico is inflating margarita prices- have become a...

  • DIARY -Top Economic Events to Nov 3 Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board holds open meeting to discuss a final rulemaking requiring sponsors of securitization transactions to retain risk in those transactions- 1930 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England publishes minutes of latest Monetary Policy Committee meeting. OTTAWA- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn...

  • TOKYO, Oct 22- Izuru Kato is a soft-spoken and bookish economist, but his dismissal of the Bank of Japan's stimulus policy as "monetary shamanism" is ringing loud in the ears of bank Governor Haruhiko Kuroda. His weekly research notes- with witty insights stretching from monetary policy to how the poor lime crop in Mexico is inflating margarita prices- have become a...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 21- U.S. regulators on Tuesday issued a rule requiring banks that sell loans to investors to keep part of the risk on their own books, a measure aimed at preventing the sloppy loans that sparked the 2007-09 credit crisis. "Lenders have wanted and needed to know what the new rules of the road are and this rule defines them," said Mel Watt, the head of the...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 21- U.S. regulators on Tuesday issued a rule requiring banks that sell loans to investors to keep part of the risk on their own books, a measure aimed at preventing the sloppy loans that sparked the 2007-09 credit crisis. "Lenders have wanted and needed to know what the new rules of the road are and this rule defines them," said Mel Watt, the head of the...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 21- The U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp unveiled a final rule on Tuesday that requires banks to retain at least 5 percent of the risk on their books when they bundle loans, securitize them and sell them to investors. The rule, expected to be adopted by the FDIC later on Tuesday, aims to prevent a repeat of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, when banks'...

  • New rules adopted in hopes of spurring home loans Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:32 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Buying a home may have gotten a little easier this week. With the financial crisis and subprime mortgage bust receding further into history, the government is loosening some financial rules, hoping to inject more life into the country's still-recovering housing market. The board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. voted 4-1 Tuesday to adopt...

  • LONDON, Oct 21- Banks and shares in peripheral countries led a European rally on Tuesday after sources told Reuters the European Central Bank is considering buying corporate bonds to revive the region's economy. After a year-long review of Europe's 130 biggest banks, the ECB is set to announce on Oct. 26 which have valued their assets properly and which have not,...

  • Oct 20- Banks should defer bonus payments for 10 years and tap the bonus pool to pay any regulatory fines, a top Federal Reserve official said on Monday, taking aim at continued lapses across the industry even after the 2007-9 financial crisis. New York Federal Reserve Bank President William Dudley said banks should move toward paying employees in debt...

  • US regulator: Fannie, Freddie in deal with banks Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A federal regulator says government-controlled mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have reached an agreement with major banks that could expand lending. The head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie and Freddie, announced the deal Monday at a conference of the Mortgage Bankers Association in Las Vegas.

  • Oct 20- Incentive programs at banks should reward not just bankers who increase revenues, but those who avoid losses and identify risks that could later hurt the institution, a top U.S. Federal Reserve official said on Monday. Federal Reserve Governor Daniel Tarullo said that progress has been made regarding proper bank compensation since the 2007-2009...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 20- The Federal Reserve is committed to tailoring its supervisory practices for community banks as appropriate to reduce unnecessary burden, a top Fed official said on Monday. The central bank also needs to ensure smaller U.S. banks continue to operate in a safe and sound manner, Fed Governor Jerome Powell said in prepared remarks ahead of a Fed...

  • European Central Bank starts stimulus purchases Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:10 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— The European Central Bank has started buying securities called covered bonds as it launches its latest stimulus effort aimed at preventing the 18- country eurozone economy from sinking back into recession. An ECB spokeswoman confirmed the purchases began Monday. Covered bonds are investments backed by loans such as mortgages.

  • RIYADH, Oct 20- Saudi Arabia's biggest bank has responded to criticism of its operations from Islamic scholars by pledging to convert itself into a full-fledged Islamic bank within about five years. The decision, made as the bank launches a $6 billion initial public offer of its shares, the largest-ever equity sale in the Arab world, shows how Saudi Arabia's...

  • *Kuwaiti banks leaving financial crisis overhang behind. DUBAI, Oct 20- Commercial Bank of Kuwait, the Gulf state's fifth-largest lender by assets, has reached a string of debt settlements with clients that have helped to slash its non-performing loans, the bank's acting chief executive said. This has pressured Kuwait's banking sector over the last several...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 20- China shares rose on Monday on speculation of further policy easing after news that the country's central bank was set to inject funds into to several banks, while Hong Kong's market gained on positive U.S. data. The People's Bank of China is set to inject about 200 billion yuan worth of three-month loans into five or six listed banks to keep...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1900 GMT / 3:00 PM ET Sunday, 19 Oct 2014 | 3:01 PM ET

    LONDON- A series of Reuters interviews with officials, bankers and others involved in the European Central Bank's financial inspection of the euro zone's biggest banks show that in the seven months since it began, the ECB has had to shoot down countless pleas from banks and national supervisors for special treatment. STOCKHOLM/ OSLO/ COPENHAGEN- When it comes to...

  • *ECB unveils stress test results Oct 26. LONDON, Oct 19- When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a "comprehensive assessment" of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis. A series of Reuters interviews with officials, bankers and others involved in the European Central Bank's financial...

  • Regulators close small Maryland bank Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 8:04 PM ET

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over NBRS Financial Bank of Rising Sun, Maryland. Howard Bank of Ellicott City, Maryland, has agreed to pay the FDIC a premium of 1.19 percent to assume all of the failed bank's deposits. Depositors of NBRS Financial will automatically become depositors of Howard Bank, the FDIC said.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Oct 31 Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    BOSTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren speaks before the "Inequality of Economic Opportunity in the United States" conference in Boston- 1230 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe and ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio discuss bank regulation- 1045 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Jerome Powell...

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