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  • *$6 trillion of negative-yielding bonds globally. LONDON, Feb 9- With the historic fall in Japan's 10- year government bond yield below zero on Tuesday, the value of government bonds around the world registering negative yields is now above $6 trillion. Just two months ago, there were $3 trillion of bonds around the world with negative yields, and only 18 months ago...

  • LONDON, Feb 9- Britain's financial watchdog has fined a former senior official at JPMorgan bank 793,000 pounds for failing to be "open and co-operative" over the $6.2 billion losses racked up in the "London Whale" trading scandal. Achilles Macris was head of JPMorgan's Chief Investment Office International in London, and manager of Bruno Iksil, the financial...

  • *UK household debt-to-GDP ratio back at 2002 levels. LONDON, Feb 9- The Bank of England will consider steps to safeguard financial stability if household debt grows faster than the rest of the economy, the bank policymaker in charge of financial stability said on Tuesday. "If credit began to grow faster than GDP, I would want to think very seriously about taking...

  • LONDON— British media trying to report on the terrorism trial of a law student lost a legal challenge Tuesday over unprecedented secrecy surrounding the case. He had been accused of plotting with a jihadi in Syria either to target high-profile people such as former Prime Minister Tony Blair or planning a Mumbai-style mass attack using a rifle.

  • LONDON, Feb 9- The world's top oil trader Vitol sees global oil demand growing by up to 1 million barrels per day in 2016, sharply decelerating from last year as the effect of low oil prices fades. Vitol executive member Chris Bake said at an industry conference in London the Swiss-based trader expects global oil demand to grow by 800,000 to 1 million bpd this year...

  • LONDON— British government plans to strengthen spies' powers to snoop on the Internet are muddled and don't do enough to protect privacy, lawmakers responsible for scrutinizing the country's intelligence agencies said Tuesday. Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee said the draft Investigatory Powers Bill takes a "piecemeal" approach to...

  • Japan's Nikkei 225 index was the feature faller, ending 5.4 percent lower. Its woes weighed on Europe's stock markets, too. Having shown some resilience at the open despite the earlier 5.4 percent slide in Japan's main index, European markets were decidedly lower in afternoon trading.

  • LONDON— Financial markets turned lower once again on Tuesday after a 5.4 percent slide in Japan's main stock index and the interest rate on the country's benchmark bond dropped into negative territory for the first time ever. On Tuesday, Japan's Nikkei index led the way lower, ending the day down 5.4 percent at 16,085.44. The FTSE 100 index of leading British...

  • Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry speaks at luncheon before the 2016 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference, "Pathways to Economic Opportunity," sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Community Development Financial Institutions...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 8- U.S. bank stocks and bonds took a pounding on Monday as recession fears compounded concern about their exposure to the energy sector and expectations that global interest rates are unlikely to rise quickly. I think that's what financials are reflecting- that their net interest margins are going to be further compressed under collapsing bond...

  • The survey came after Sunday's meeting between Saudi Arabia's oil minister, Ali al-Naimi, and his Venezuelan counterpart produced no tangible signs that OPEC and non- OPEC suppliers were ready to meet to discuss the price slump in oil. U.S. crude settled below $30 a barrel, finishing down $1.20 at $29.69. "Everyone's fearing new builds in crude," said Donald Morton,...

  • No tangible signs emerged from a meeting on Sunday between Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi and his Venezuelan counterpart that OPEC and non- OPEC suppliers were ready to meet to discuss the price slump. Hopes of an accord to shore up prices which are languishing close to 2003 have dimmed over the past week, but the meeting between cash-strapped...

  • Prime Minister David Cameron could reach a deal over Britain's ties with the European Union at a summit later this month, paving the way for a public vote on membership of the bloc as soon as June. Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin said he did not think a June referendum would derail the current timetable for deciding on expanding either Heathrow, Britain's...

  • *China closed for Lunar New Year holidays. LONDON, Feb 8- Nickel bounced on Monday after touching its lowest in more than 12 years and most other industrial metals also climbed on a weaker dollar and a decline in selling from China. Markets were helped by China's closure for Lunar New Year holidays as there was less selling from funds which have weighed on the market...

  • No tangible signs emerged from a meeting on Sunday between Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi and his Venezuelan counterpart that OPEC and non- OPEC suppliers were ready to meet to discuss the price slump. After a flurry of diplomacy over the last two weeks about a possible production cut roiled oil markets, Sunday's meeting between cash-strapped...

  • *S&P financial index falls about 3 pct. NEW YORK, Feb 8- Stock indexes worldwide tumbled on Monday, led by banking stocks in Europe and technology stocks on Wall Street on persisting fears of a global economic slowdown, while benchmark 10- year Treasury yields hit their lowest in a year on demand for assets deemed less risky. Wall Street continued Friday's...

  • *Dollar falls to lowest vs yen since November 2014. NEW YORK, Feb 8- The dollar fell to a 15- month low against the yen on Monday as a renewed slide in oil prices and doubts about the effectiveness of the Bank of Japan's negative interest-rate policy drove investors back into the safe-haven currency. "A bit of it is positioning," said Charles St-Arnaud, senior...

  • LONDON, Feb 8- British prosecutors have delayed the start of their third Libor trial after new information was provided by Barclays, the former employer of the latest group of traders charged with conspiracy to manipulate financial benchmark interest rates. The trial will mark a watershed for the SFO, which has obtained one conviction but seen six brokers...

  • Brent futures fell 68 cents to $33.38 a barrel, a 2 percent loss, by 10:36 a.m. EST, paring a fall of as much as 3.3 percent earlier in the session. "With the possibility of a production cutting deal quickly fading into the sunset, market participants are once again left to focus on the reality of the oversupplied global market," Energy Management Institute analyst...

  • *India, Philippines, Indonesia consider tax on sugary drinks. *British lawmakers debate issue, follows sugar tax in Mexico. Scandinavian countries have had such taxes, with varying degrees of success, for many years, and in 2012, France and Hungary joined the list, followed by Mexico in 2014..