TOKYO, April 21- Japanese shares climbed to a two-week high on Monday morning, led by gains in nonbank lenders on a media report the government is considering easing rules in the industry, though trading activity was thin due to the Easter.» Read More
ZURICH, Feb 28- The U.S. central bank should halt its large-scale asset purchases as soon as circumstances make it possible to do so, Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher said on Friday.
*Euro tops $1.38 for first time this year. LONDON, Feb 28- European stocks reversed course and fell on Friday, and the euro rose to its highest level this year after an unchanged reading of euro zone inflation cooled growing expectations the European Central Bank could ease monetary policy as early as next week.
*Will invest jointly with Canada's OMERS, Japan's DBJ. TOKYO, Feb 28- Japan's public pension fund, the world's largest, reported a 4.73 percent return on investments in the October-December quarter, thanks to gains in Japanese stocks and an increase in the value of its foreign assets due to a weaker yen.
SHANGHAI, Feb 28- China's central bank delivered two major surprises to investors this week: it engineered a sharp decline in the yuan against the dollar and at the same time relaxed its tight grip on money markets that had kept interest rates firm.
*Yuan nearly hits weak end of 1 pct trading band Yuan suffers biggest weekly loss around 0.9 pct. HONG KONG, Feb 28- China's yuan suffered its biggest weekly loss on record on Friday, as the central bank stepped up its intervention to weaken the currency ahead of a key government meeting next week which may be used as a platform to unveil more market reforms.
LONDON, Feb 28- European stocks rose on Friday, supported by expectations a low reading of euro zone inflation later in the day will force the European Central Bank to ease monetary policy further and a record high close on Wall Street the previous session.
UKRAINE CENTRAL BANK LIMITS FOREIGN CURRENCY WITHDRAWALS FROM BANKING DEPOSITS TO 15,000 HRYVNIA PER DAY- CBANK HEAD KUBIV.
*Current account surplus $0.22 bln in Jan vs $2.53 bln surplus in Dec. BANGKOK, Feb 28- Thailand reported a fresh set of weak indicators on Friday, producing more evidence that the country's political crisis is hurting the economy and adding to pressure on the central bank to cut interest rates.
UKRAINE PM SAYS ONCE SITUATION IS STABLE GOVT TO ASK CBANK, COMMERCIAL BANKS TO START LARGE-SCALE LENDING TO ECONOMY.
UKRAINE PM SAYS GOVERNMENT WON'T INTERVENE IN CENTRAL BANK POLICY, WILL RESPECT ITS INDEPENDENCE.
UKRAINE CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR KUBIV SAYS UKRAINE HAS ENOUGH RESERVES TODAY TO PAY OFF CREDITORS.
Germany's central bank is keeping a keen eye on the country's shadow banking system and the threats posed by U.S-style money market funds.
WASHINGTON, Feb 28- President Barack Obama's ban on discriminatory health insurance practices against the sick has not stopped insurers from increasing up-front charges for the expensive drugs needed to control chronic illnesses from leukemia to multiple sclerosis.
NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota and Federal Reserve Board Governor Jeremy Stein participates in panel to discuss report on interactions between monetary policy and financial stability before the University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2014 Monetary Policy Forum- 1515 GMT.
WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The Republican-led U.S. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, was created as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank law to help protect Americans from financial scams.
ATLANTA, Feb 27- The Federal Reserve will probably keep benchmark interest rates low for "quite a while" even as the U.S. central bank begins to raise them from their current near-zero level, a top Fed official said on Thursday.
ATLANTA, Feb 27- A top U.S. Federal Reserve official said on Thursday that recent economic data had been "inconclusive" and that some softness was expected in the first quarter of 2014.. Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart said disappointing data in recent months could be attributed to weather.
Feb 27- Billionaire hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb is mounting a proxy fight at Sotheby's with the goal of winning three board seats after the auction house's promise to return $450 million to shareholders failed to appease activist investors.
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen offset concerns over tension in Ukraine and Russia. But gains were held in check as a result of tensions in Ukraine, as armed men seized the parliament in Ukraine's Crimea region and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who urged Moscow not to abuse its navy base rights on the peninsula by moving troops around.
Feb 27- Unusually harsh winter weather appears to be behind recent signs of weakness in the U.S. economy, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Thursday, suggesting the central bank was poised to press forward in ratcheting back its stimulus.
Making loans for China's smaller businesses more available would likely resolve shadow banking difficulties, Minsheng Banking's vice chairman said.
At the China Entrepreneur Club's annual summit, Liu Yonghao, Vice Chairman at China Minsheng Banking and Chairman of New Hope Group describes how traditional lenders are helping small firms get loans.
Two of Japan's largest banks have stepped back from Russia in recent weeks, bankers and executives told the Financial Times.