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  • Peugeot CEO: Want better French growth   Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    Peugeot CEO: Want better French growth

    Carlos Tavares, CEO of Peugeot, talks about Russia and how it and the French economic reforms impact his business.

  • LONDON, Feb 16- Revenues and margins at Europe's "Big Three" credit rating agencies are back to pre-financial crisis levels and the trio are in line for more business, despite a welter of new rules aimed at reducing their influence, a regulator said on Monday. Yet the European Securities and Markets Authority, which regulates the 27 rating agencies operating...

  • France passes reform bill: Reaction   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    France passes reform bill: Reaction

    The French government has passed an economic reform bill by decree. Christian Keller, economist at Barclays weighs in on the rare, but "good move."

  • A call for increased regulatory reform   Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 5:30 AM ET
    A call for increased regulatory reform

    Did the U.S. undertake enough financial reform during the 2008 banking crisis? Barry Eichengreen, professor of economics and political science at Berkeley University, says he's worried they didn't.

  • Stubbs: Will extend, if Greece commits to reforms   Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 11:15 AM ET
    Stubbs: Will extend, if Greece commits to reforms

    Discussing the Greek debt negotiations, Alexander Stubbs, Prime Minister of Finland, says that it's clear that for the euro zone it was "18 to 1", saying that they are willing to extend the program, but Greece must commit to the structural reforms.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- The U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday that it reached a settlement in its first-ever discrimination case against auto dealers who also finance the purchase of used cars. Two so-called "buy here, pay here" dealerships in Charlotte, North Carolina, Auto Fare Inc and Southeastern Auto Corp, agreed to set aside $225,000 to reimburse...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 4- ICAP, the world's biggest interdealer broker, was fined 14.9 million euros on Wednesday for rigging the yen Libor financial benchmark, part of a crackdown by EU regulators against anti-competitive behaviour in the industry. The European Commission said ICAP took part in several cartels, which included UBS, Royal Bank of Scotland, Deutsche Bank,...

  • ECB's QE: When will the economic benefits show?   Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 5:00 AM ET
    ECB's QE: When will the economic benefits show?

    When will the European Central Bank's bond-buying scheme benefit the European economy? Jim Russell, portfolio manager at Bahl & Gaynor, says it won't have benefits until late 2015

  • Most brokerages do not disclose the size of the payments they receive, but TD Ameritrade said it took in $304 million from the practice in 2014, up 29 percent from the year before. Now a group including TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab Corp and Fidelity Investments hopes to ease concerns about conflicts by giving investors more detailed reports including how much...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- Chinese banks seeking to profit from the country's stock market frenzy have bought into the recent surge in margin finance, foiling regulatory efforts to reduce debt-fueled speculation and amplifying the risk if the rally turns into a rout. That exposes China's banking system to greater risks, even as lenders struggle with an economic...

  • *Stock regulator to inspect 46 firms on margin trading-Xinhua. SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator has launched a fresh probe into brokerages which are lending money to investors to speculate on stocks, amid concerns that the country's share markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the banking system.

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator has launched a fresh probe into brokerages which are lending money to investors to speculate on stocks, amid concerns that the country's share markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the banking system. "The inspection belongs to normal regular supervision and should not be...

  • SHANGHAI, Jan 29- China's stock regulator will inspect the stock margin trading business of 46 companies, the official Xinhua news agency said, amid concerns that the country's stock markets are becoming over-leveraged and vulnerable to a crash which could strain the financial system. "The inspection belongs to normal regular supervision and should not be...

  • Jan 28- KCG Holdings Inc said it will sell its foreign exchange trading platform, KCG Hotspot, to BATS Global Markets for $365 million in cash. Regulators in Britain are probing the $5 trillion- a-day foreign exchange market following allegations that bank traders used advance knowledge of client orders to try to manipulate foreign exchange benchmarks.

  • BEIJING, Jan 28- Chinese regulators will launch a fresh investigation into stock margin trading, and banks have been told to tighten lending supervision to avoid loans being funnelled into stock markets, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The China Securities Regulatory Commission and the China Banking Regulatory Commission...

  • BEIJING, Jan 28- Chinese regulators will launch a fresh investigation into stock margin trading, and banks have been told to tighten supervision of their lending practices to ensure loans aren't funnelled into stock markets, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The China Securities Regulatory Commission and the China Banking...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- The top U.S. housing regulator on Tuesday said his agency would make a decision by the end of this quarter on fees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac charge lenders for guaranteeing mortgages. The mortgage industry has been awaiting a final decision by Federal Housing Finance Agency Director Mel Watt. Speaking before his former colleagues on the...

  • Cooperation in Washington DOA? Not so fast Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 10:36 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) listens to President Barack Obama deliver the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015 in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

    Many pundits have written off cooperation between Obama and the GOP-controlled Congress. But not so fast, says Scott Paul.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 5 Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    EDINBURGH, Scotland- Bank of England monetary policy committee member David Miles gives a speech at University of Edinburgh on "What can monetary policy do?" LONDON- Bank of England regulator Paul Fisher speaks at the Westminster Business Forum Insurance event- 0925 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England regulator Andrew Gracie gives speech at cyber-security conference...

  • Washington has ZERO credibility: Bill Ehrman Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:28 PM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) listens to President Barack Obama deliver the State of the Union address on January 20, 2015 in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.

    Recent moves by the Swiss and Chinese are about one thing: credibility. Washington, on the other hand, has zero credibility, says hedge-fund manager Bill Ehrman.