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  • FRANKFURT, July 25- Lending to companies and individuals in Ireland fell at the fastest rate since October 2011 in June, data from the European Central Bank showed on Friday, highlighting one of the impediments to growth in the euro zone.

  • China end-June bad loan ratio rises to 1.08 pct-CBRC Friday, 25 Jul 2014 | 4:24 AM ET

    BEIJING, July 25- Chinese banks' non-performing loan ratio climbed to 1.08 percent at the end of June from 1.04 percent at the end of March, the China Banking Regulatory Commission said on Friday. In a statement reviewing the commission's work in the first half, it urged banks to control credit risks stemming from the property sector and local financing vehicles.

  • President Barack Obama said on Thursday the Federal Reserve was "properly focused" on unemployment given the relatively tame pace of inflation in the country, offering a broad endorsement of Fed Chair Janet Yellen's policy approach.

  • OTTAWA, July 24- Canada said on Thursday it will impose sanctions on "a broad range" of Russian companies and banks to punish Moscow for what it said was the illegal occupation of Crimea and "provocative military activity" in eastern Ukraine.

  • WASHINGTON/ FRANKFURT, July 23- After injecting trillions of dollars into the global financial system over the last six years, the world's central bankers now face a vexing question: why is so little of it showing up in workers' paychecks?

  • EU sanctions on Russian banks would hit economy, business Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    MOSCOW, July 24- Russia's state-controlled banks would have to turn to the state, domestic borrowers or new regions such as Asia if EU sanctions shut off investment, hurting their ability to lend to local businesses and further damaging the country's fragile economy.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Bank of America Corp's banking unit agreed to pay $16.6 million to resolve allegations that it processed several hundred transactions for drug traffickers who are subject to U.S. sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday.

  • BRUSSELS, July 24- The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Bank of America Corp's banking unit agreed to pay $16.6 million to resolve allegations that it processed transactions for drug traffickers who are subject to U.S. sanctions, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Thursday.

  • LONDON, July 24- When Sam Molinaro took on the job of shifting unwanted assets for UBS- all 430 billion Swiss francs worth of them- his phone began to ring ceaselessly and his meetings diary filled up fast with potential buyers. "They thought,' you're going to be getting rid of these assets, this is great'," recalled Molinaro, former finance chief at U.S. bank Bear Sterns.

  • EU targets state-owned Russia banks in sanctions draft Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    *EU patience with Russia running out. BRUSSELS, July 24- The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks and their ability to finance Moscow's faltering economy in its most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday, diplomats said.

  • Ex-CEO at Portugal's troubled bank arrested Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:59 AM ET
    Espirito Santo International is the parent company of several institutions, including Banco Espirito Santo.

    The drama at Portuguese lender Banco Espirito Santo (BES) resumed on Thursday with a former CEO of the bank being held by police in Lisbon.

  • Fraud investigators quiz top Portuguese banker Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:21 AM ET

    LISBON, Portugal— Portugal's attorney general's office says prosecutors investigating a suspected tax fraud and money-laundering conspiracy have detained the former head of the country's largest bank.

  • LONDON, July 24- Euro zone money market rates edged higher on Thursday and were expected to rise further in coming days, potentially driving up short-term government bond yields, after a drop in excess cash in the bloc's banking system.

  • European Central Bank hit by data theft Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:27 AM ET

    BERLIN— The European Central Bank said Thursday that email addresses and other contact information have been stolen from a database that serves its public website, though it stressed that no internal systems or market-sensitive data were compromised.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- U.S. authorities' $8.9 billion settlement last month with French bank BNP Paribas for sanctions busting will pay for New York cops to get live computer feeds of street crime and for new carpets in the offices of prosecutors, among many other things. In some places- particularly New York state- that is leading to ugly wrangling over how to spend it.

  • WELLINGTON, July 24- New Zealand's central bank lifted its official cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.50 percent as expected on Thursday, but then suspended its rapid-fire run of interest rate rises to study their impact on the economy.

  • WELLINGTON, July 24- New Zealand's central bank lifted its official cash rate by 25 basis points to 3.50 percent as expected on Thursday, but then suspended its rapid-fire run of interest rate rises to study their impact on the economy.

  • WELLINGTON, July 24- New Zealand's central bank raised interest rates to the highest level in more than 5 years on Thursday but said it would now take a breather as it looked at the impact of its tightening and watched inflation in the economy.

  • Argentina, bondholder settlement talk rescheduled Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 12:06 PM ET
    US court appointed mediator in the Argentine debt crisis Daniel Pollack leaves the US Federal Courthouse July 22, 2014 in New York. The judge urged Argentine officials and holdout bondholders to reach an agreement.

    Settlement talks between Argentina and bondholders not part of the nation's past debt restructuring were pushed back one day, the mediator said.

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