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  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 28 Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will meet Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega and Brazilian Central Bank Governor Alexandre Tombini. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor for Financial Stability John Cunliffe will take part in a conference at Chatham House titled "New Rules on Market Structure, Trading and Funding"- 0930 GMT.

  • *Iran wants economic sanctions lifted. LONDON/ ANKARA, March 13- Despite a diplomatic thaw, Western banks are steering clear of attempts by Iran to get them involved in financing humanitarian transactions, fearing they could be penalised under U.S. sanctions, bankers and government officials told Reuters.

  • CHICAGO, March 14- U.S. farmers this week finalized their crop insurance plans for spring planting with critics of the government-subsidized program saying insurers are set up for a bonanza after passage of the new five-year farm bill last month.

  • *Allianz forecasts asset management earnings to fall. FRANKFURT, March 14- Management turmoil at Allianz asset manager Pimco is unlikely to threaten the credit standing of Europe's largest insurer, credit rating agency Fitch said on Friday.

  • Some bank ATMs run Windows XP and that's a problem Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 12:18 PM ET

    Banks will face security fees for not updating Windows XP-run automated teller machines as Microsoft withdraws support for the software on April 8.

  • WASHINGTON, March 14- President Barack Obama, aiming to allay concerns about the viability of his signature healthcare law, said on Friday enough people have enrolled to make its insurance marketplaces stable.

  • *Vimpelcom, Uralkali, Sibur among companies affected. Russian companies, including mobile phone operator VimpelCom and Uralkali, the world's top potash producer, are now facing potentially higher borrowing costs when lending resumes.

  • *Microsoft withdraws support for Windows XP on April 8. LONDON/ NEW YORK, March 14- Banks around the world, consumed with meeting more stringent capital regulations, will miss a deadline to upgrade outdated software for automated teller machines and face additional costs to Microsoft to keep them secure.

  • NEW YORK, March 14- Berkshire Hathaway chairman and chief executive Warren Buffett said on Friday that his firm had eliminated most of its catastrophe insurance business in the United States.

  • *Barclays has already announced 12,000 job cuts for group. March 13- Barclays has launched the third review of its investment bank in as many years, and is likely to cut more jobs and business areas as it battles to improve profitability, people familiar with the matter said.

  • *Highest earner is investment bank chief Andrea Orcel. ZURICH, March 14- UBS hiked Chief Executive Sergio Ermotti's pay by more than a fifth in 2013, when the Swiss bank added probes into its metals trading and foreign exchange businesses to a long list of legal troubles.

  • MOSCOW, March 14- Russia's central bank on Friday kept lending rates on hold after raising them two weeks ago and said it would fight for financial stability after the standoff with the West over Crimea, which has sent the rouble and stocks tumbling.

  • WASHINGTON, March 14- U.S. producer prices fell in February, reinforcing the view that minimal inflation pressures could keep the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates for quite some time. The Labor Department said on Friday its seasonally adjusted producer price index for final demand dropped 0.1 percent last month.

  • Russian bank VEB needs recapitalizing: Report Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 8:22 AM ET
    An elderly customer counts ruble currency banknotes at a supermarket in Moscow, Russia.

    VEB needs to be recapitalized to fund housebuilding projects, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, according to a news agency.

  • *Draghi sees euro zone deflation risks as "quite limited". *Japan experience shows how deflation can gradually take hold. FRANKFURT/ WASHINGTON, March 14- Meeting students at the University of Amsterdam in April last year, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi extolled the virtues of courage, recalling a story his father had told him:.

  • MOSCOW, March 14- The Russian central bank kept its key lending rates unchanged at a regular meeting on Friday, after unexpectedly raising them two weeks ago when assets tumbled on President Vladimir Putin's declaration he had the right to invade Ukraine.

  • Russian central bank keeps rates on hold Friday, 14 Mar 2014 | 5:42 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 14- The Russian central bank kept its key lending rates unchanged at a regular meeting on Friday, after unexpectedly raising them two weeks ago when assets tumbled on President Vladimir Putin's declaration he had the right to invade Ukraine.

  • RUSSIA'S CENTRAL BANK SAYS INFLATION RATES UNLIKELY TO FALL UNTIL MID-2014 DUE TO ROUBLE DEPRECIATION.

  • RUSSIA'S CENTRAL BANK SAYS DOES NOT INTEND LOWERING THE KEY RATE IN COMING MONTHS.

  • RUSSIA'S CENTRAL BANK SAYS KEY IS TO CONTAIN EFFECT OF ROUBLE'S EXCHANGE RATE ON INFLATION.

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