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  • WASHINGTON, Aug 27- The U.S. Labor Department is leaning toward denying requests for regulatory relief by three big foreign banks that pleaded guilty to manipulating Libor interest rates but want to keep managing retirement accounts for clients. In letters to units of Deutsche Bank, UBS and the Royal Bank of Scotland, the department said it has "tentatively...

  • Aug 24- Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc has lost a bid to escape a U.S. regulator's lawsuit accusing it of misleading Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac into buying $32 billion of mortgage-backed securities ahead of the financial crisis. The case against RBS is the biggest and last of 18 lawsuits the FHFA filed in 2011 over about $200 billion in mortgage-backed...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- The dollar fell on Wednesday as investors positioned for a U.S. interest rate hike in September pulled back after minutes from a Federal Reserve policymakers meeting delivered no solid signals on when the era of near-zero rates will end. "These minutes don't give a clear view in either direction about September, about whether or not the Fed is more...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- BNP Paribas SA has agreed to pay $115 million to settle U.S. investor lawsuits accusing 16 major banks of rigging prices in the $5.3 trillion- a-day foreign exchange market, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. Of those banks, the plaintiffs have announced the terms for only four of their settlements, leaving unconfirmed how much BNP...

  • HSBC Holdings Plc, Barclays Plc, BNP Paribas SA and Goldman Sachs Group Inc are among the latest banks to reach settlement in the class action litigation, Christopher Burke, the lawyer, said in federal court in Manhattan. Goldman Sachs has agreed to pay $129.5 million, a person familiar with the matter said. The Wall Street Journal in June reported that HSBC would...

  • The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans said the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation could sue Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc for making false statements in selling $840 million in mortgage bonds to a failed Texas bank. The court ruled that a federal law passed in 1989 after the savings and loan crisis...

  • Europe closes higher, after explosion of earnings Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Earnings report

    European stocks closed higher on Thursday after an onslaught of earnings, but Spanish stocks underperformed to close lower.

  • RBS reports modest rise in Q2 profit Thursday, 30 Jul 2015 | 2:09 AM ET

    Royal Bank of Scotland reported a modest increase in second quarter profit after booking a £1.05 billion charge for the costs of restructuring.

  • Why hawks are circling again at the Bank of England Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 3:03 AM ET

    The Bank of England’s interest rate decision may be about to get interesting again, after years of predictability.

  • NEW YORK, July 16- The Federal Housing Finance Agency disclosed on Thursday that it paid two law firms over $373 million since 2010 to pursue litigation against several banks over mortgage-backed securities sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the financial crisis. Stefanie Johnson, an FHFA spokeswoman, said its hiring of private law firms "has been a...

  • BRASILIA, July 15- Brazil's investigation of an alleged currency cartel formed by 15 of the world's largest banks could expand to more financial institutions but it is unlikely to result in trading bans, the head of antitrust watchdog Cade told Reuters on Wednesday. Vinicius Carvalho, making his first public comments on the investigation, said the case was...

  • 'Hard won' China Q2 growth prompts new data questions Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 12:05 AM ET

    China's economic pulse appears to be steadying, with quarterly growth data beating forecasts, but that renewed long-standing concerns over accuracy.

  • UBS, Morgan Stanley private bank assets top $2T Wednesday, 8 Jul 2015 | 12:19 PM ET
    People enter the building of the Swiss bank UBS in Midtown Manhattan

    UBS and Morgan Stanley were the world's biggest wealth managers in 2014, with AUM swelling at each to top $2 trillion, according to new research.

  • European stocks end lower as pressure mounts on Greece Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | 11:51 AM ET
    A woman waves a Greek national flag and a European Union flag during a rally outside the parliament, in Athens June 18, 2015.

    European markets ended sharply lower on Tuesday as concerns that Greece's negotiations with its creditors will drag on without a viable debt plan.

  • European shares close lower as Greek vote eyed Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European equities closed lower on Friday as investors looked ahead to Sunday, when a referendum that could affect Greece's future in the euro zone will take place.

  • SAO PAULO, July 3- Swiss lender UBS AG made a whistleblower deal with Brazilian authorities investigating the suspected rigging of Brazil's currency market and will receive no punishment in the case, a local newspaper reported on Friday. Foreign exchange trading in Brazil is estimated at about $3 trillion a year, excluding swaps and derivative transactions.

  • Brazil probes forex activity of 15 global banks Friday, 3 Jul 2015 | 3:43 AM ET
    Canary Wharf, London

    Fifteen of the world's largest banks are under investigation on suspicion of rigging the Brazilian currency, antitrust watchdog Cade said.

  • Foreign exchange trading in Brazil is estimated at about $3 trillion a year, excluding swaps and derivative transactions. The banks named in the Cade probe are Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Barclays Plc, Citigroup Inc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase& Co, Morgan Stanley& Co, Nomura Holdings Inc,...

  • SAO PAULO, July 2- Brazil antitrust watchdog Cade opened on Thursday an investigation over alleged currency rigging by a group of 15 global banks, the first of its kind in one of the world's busiest foreign exchange markets. In a statement, Cade said the banks colluded to influence benchmark currency rates in Brazil by aligning positions and pushing...

  • TOKYO, June 30- General Electric Co said it would sell its European private equity financing business to a unit of Japan's Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp for about $2.2 billion as the U.S. conglomerate sheds financial assets amid a restructuring. This makes the deal attractive to the core banking unit of Japan's third largest bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial...