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  • *Gold eyes key chart support at $1,180/ oz, June 2013 low. LONDON, Sept 22- Gold slid to its weakest since early January and silver to a four-year low on Monday as speculation that the Federal Reserve will start its rate-tightening cycle sooner than expected fuelled selling of precious metals.

  • BERLIN, Sept 21- The head of Germany's Bundesbank has criticised the European Central Bank's recent cut in borrowing costs and its pledge to buy repackaged debt, saying they took pressure off governments to implement needed reforms.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Oct 2 Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George gives welcome remarks at the Shift Innovation: Community Development Conference- 1330 GMT.

  • Sept 19- Presidents of the Federal Reserve's 12 regional banks are more likely to dissent in favor of tighter monetary policy, than the political appointees who make up the central bank's Board of Governors, according to a Fed study published on Friday.

  • Northrim takes over Alaska Pacific Bank branches Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 1:18 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— Anchorage- based Northrim Bank will cut staff at former Alaska Pacific Bank branches as it finishes the acquisition but promises more services for customers. It acquired Bank of America's Alaska operations in 1999 and Alaska First Banking Trust in 2007..

  • LONDON, Sept 19- Investors are piling into European banks and exporters, betting that the European Central Bank will crank up the money printing presses to tackle stubbornly low inflation.

  • OTTAWA, Sept 19- Canada's annual inflation rate remained above the Bank of Canada's 2.0 percent target in August for the fourth month in a row, putting pressure on the central bank to drop its neutral stance on interest rates.

  • *Banks to pay back 20 bln euros of old crisis loans to ECB. FRANKFURT, Sept 19- European Central Bank plans to bolster lending to business were dealt another setback on Friday after banks decided to repay billions of euros of cheap ECB credit, sapping money available to lend to business.

  • SEC probes Goldman Sachs internship program: Report Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    U.S. regulators are investigating a Goldman Sachs internship and perks allegedly offered by the bank, The Wall Street Journal reported.

  • 'Business as usual' for Scottish banks?     Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 4:30 AM ET

    Simon Maughan, head of research at OTAS Technologies, comments on the U.K. banking sector following the Scottish referendum. He discusses whether Scottish banks are a good bet.

  • Investors breathe sigh of relief at Scottish vote Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 3:30 AM ET

    LONDON— Scotland's decision to reject independence from the United Kingdom gave British markets a short-term lift Friday but worries over future constitutional changes kept a lid on the relief rally.

  • SHANGHAI, Sept 19- China's yuan firmed against the dollar on Friday after the central bank set a marginally stronger midpoint, leaving the currency little changed on the week.

  • BEIJING, Sept 19- Business confidence among Chinese entrepreneurs fell in the third quarter- marking the third consecutive quarter of decline- a central bank survey showed on Friday, mirroring signs of fragility in the economy.

  • Unsecured loan adds red flag to China lending Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:43 PM ET
    Ultrasonic shoe company showroom.

    Nomura Holdings and co-lenders spent nine months before deciding in August to give Ultrasonic a $60 million unsecured credit facility.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18- Arab Bank Plc never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer for the bank told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments at the bank's civil trial on charges of financing terrorism.

  • Fares Noujaim, an executive vice chairman at Bank of America has left the company abruptly.

  • Pound rises as early Scottish results favor union Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:09 AM ET

    NEW YORK— More encouraging economic news and friendly signals from the Federal Reserve cheered investors on Thursday, as the stock market climbed to another record high. The gains came a day after the Fed made clear that it's in no hurry to raise a key bank lending rate, easing a major concern for the stock market.

  • Citi appeals Argentine bond payment ruling Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    Citi argued it faces "a serious and imminent hazard" if it cannot process another interest payment by Argentina on $8.4 billion in bonds the country issued.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 18 (Reuters)- Arab Bank Plc never provided material support for the Palestinian group Hamas, a lawyer told jurors on Thursday during closing arguments at the bank's trial on civil charges under the U.S. anti-terrorism law.

  • *Mechanical problems seen with diminished repo facility. *Central bank unveiled longer-term' normalization' plan. NEW YORK, Sept 18- No sooner did the Federal Reserve reveal its plan for eventually tightening U.S. monetary policy than many on Wall Street flagged problems with the mechanics of the strategy, and said more adjustments would have to come.

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