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Mar 6, 2015

Turkish prime minister asserts central bank has independence

NEW YORK, March 5 (Reuters) – Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet
Davutoglu said on Thursday its central bank makes its own
decisions in an independent manner, following criticism by
President Tayyip Erdogan that has unnerved markets and sent the
lira lower.

“Here what we need to understand is that, yes, central bank
is independent and it is taking its own decision. At the end of
the day the performance of the central bank and performance of
monetary policy is part of general economic performance,”
Davutoglu said during a webcast from the Council on Foreign
Relations in New York.

Mar 5, 2015

Rothschild looks to organize Ukraine bondholders ahead of talks

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Boutique investment firm Rothschild has invited investors to organize into a Ukraine creditor group ahead of a sovereign debt restructuring, sources directly familiar with the situation told Reuters.

Ukraine’s eastern half, where much of its industry is based, is where government forces are battling pro-Russian separatists, putting the nation at risk of bankruptcy.

Mar 2, 2015

India needs sustained GDP growth of 9-10 percent: Jaitley

NEW YORK (Reuters) – India’s economy needs to reach an annual growth rate of 9 percent to 10 percent and then sustain that activity “many, many more years than 10 years” in order to improve infrastructure and bring down rampant poverty, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday.

“We need resources and I can’t get resources until I grow by 9 to 10 percent. And therefore I would like to see India grow by that rate for the next 10 years,” Jaitley said in response to a question following an impromptu speech at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Mar 2, 2015

India needs sustained GDP growth of 9-10 pct – finmin

NEW YORK, March 2 (Reuters) – India’s economy needs to reach
an annual growth rate of 9 percent to 10 percent and then
sustain that activity “many, many more years than 10 years” in
order to improve infrastructure and bring down rampant poverty,
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Monday.

“We need resources and I can’t get resources until I grow by
9 to 10 percent. And therefore I would like to see India grow by
that rate for the next 10 years,” Jaitley said in response to a
question following an impromptu speech at Columbia University’s
School of International and Public Affairs.

Feb 12, 2015

U.S. Treasuries steady after cutting losses on weak U.S. data

NEW YORK, Feb 12 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury prices pulled
back from overnight lows to stand little changed on Thursday as
weaker-than-expected reports on retail sales and jobless claims
inserted some caution into the economic backdrop and forecasting
of U.S. monetary policy.

Investors, seeing a potential de-escalation in the conflict
between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in the wee hours
of Thursday with a new cease-fire agreement, had trimmed their
positions in safe-haven U.S. Treasuries.

Feb 12, 2015

U.S. Treasuries cut losses after weak U.S. data

NEW YORK, Feb 12 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury prices pulled up
from overnight lows on Thursday as weaker-than-expected U.S.
retail sales and weekly jobless claims reports inserted some
caution into the economic backdrop and forecasting of U.S.
monetary policy.

The data, which showed U.S. consumer spending barely
rebounded in January suggests economic growth was slow in the
first quarter, and caused a knee-jerk reaction to buy.

Feb 11, 2015
Feb 11, 2015

Euro dashes higher on reports of progress over Greece

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The euro advanced against the U.S. dollar late on Wednesday as conflicting reports emerged about progress between the European Union and Greece over a bailout deal due to expire at the end of the month.

Two official sources told Reuters that no deal has been reached, but that a common statement was being drafted that could leave it open for Greece to extend its current financing. A Greek official insisted there could be no extension of the deeply unpopular bailout.

Feb 11, 2015
Feb 11, 2015

Venezuela bonds tumble as investors spurn new forex system

CARACAS/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Venezuela’s dollar-denominated bonds tumbled on Wednesday after the government announced a new foreign exchange platform that was seen as insufficient to resolve an economic crisis and ease fears of a possible bond default.

The OPEC nation on Tuesday unveiled a new free-floating currency platform called Simadi, the third system in a three-tier exchange control mechanism meant to bolster state coffers.

    • About Daniel

      "Senior Correspondent covering global financial markets, investing and foreign policy. I'm New York-based with 20+ years of experience in text, TV and radio. My current post lets me roam across all asset classes and geography, from the developed to the emerging markets. I've reported and taught journalism in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States."
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      1997
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