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Jun 15, 2015

Euro erases early losses; Greece knocks down report

NEW YORK, June 15 (Reuters) – The euro erased losses on
Monday as the shock of a failed negotiation on Sunday between
Greece and its creditors faded and investors turned their focus
toward a U.S. rate decision later in the week.

The euro zone finance minister’s meeting on Thursday now
takes on a greater role for potentially solving the impasse,
which if not rectified could lead to a default by Greece on its
debt obligations.

Jun 15, 2015

Euro loses ground after Greek debt talk failure

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The euro weakened on Monday, undermined by failed efforts over the weekend to break a deadlock in debt negotiations between Greece and its creditors that puts a bigger onus on an upcoming meeting of euro zone finance ministers later this week.

Sunday’s talks between Greece and its international creditors broke up after less than an hour, suggesting still significant differences between the two sides.

Jun 12, 2015

Corporate debt issuers defaulting at fastest pace since 2009 -S&P

NEW YORK, June 12 (Reuters) – Global corporate bond defaults
are running at their fastest pace, year-to-date, since 2009,
Standard & Poor’s said in a study published on Friday.

Fifty companies have defaulted on their bonds, nearly double
the rate of defaults during the same period a year ago. In 2014
there were 60 corporate defaults in total.

Jun 11, 2015

Emerging market debt trading volume at $1.226 trln in Q1 – EMTA

NEW YORK, June 11 (Reuters) – The trading volume of emerging
market debt shrank by 23 percent in the first quarter of 2015
versus the same period a year ago, with weak global trade,
falling commodity prices and erratic capital flows cited for
some of the drop, a new survey shows.

First quarter trading volume of $1.226 trillion also
reflected a decline in the number of firms reporting their data,
EMTA, the association for the emerging markets debt trading
industry said in a statement.

Jun 10, 2015

MSCI puts decision to include China ‘A’ shares’ in index on hold

NEW YORK/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – U.S. index provider MSCI Inc said on Tuesday it will hold off including China-listed shares in one of its key benchmark indexes but expects them to be incorporated once outstanding market accessibility issues are resolved.

The news was seen as a setback for China’s attempts to promote its yuan currency globally and attract foreign capital through a raft of financial reforms.

Jun 3, 2015

U.S. 10-year yield at 7-month peak, in line with Bunds

NEW YORK, June 3 (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury debt yields hit
seven-month highs on Wednesday, bolstered by a solid U.S.
private sector employment report for May and gains in German
bond yields after the European Central Bank raised its inflation
forecast for this year.

Yields on ten-year German Bunds jumped to 0.89 percent
, the highest since late October last year.

May 29, 2015

U.S. judge reserves judgment on broadening Argentina debt ruling

May 29 (Reuters) – Argentina urged a U.S. judge on Friday to
not expand by another $5.4 billion the amount it must pay
holders of defaulted debt before it can pay the majority of its
creditors who participated in two rounds of sovereign

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa adjourned the hearing in
New York without ruling on the matter, saying that these
creditors, along with those he ordered paid $1.33 billion plus
interest, should resume settlement discussions with the South
American country.

May 27, 2015
via Global Investing

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May 22, 2015

Dollar rallies on U.S. price data, Fed’s Yellen rate talk

NEW YORK, May 22 (Reuters) – The U.S. dollar turned higher
on Friday, spurred off early losses after a U.S. inflation
report that indicated underlying pressures are building
bolstered the case for the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise
interest rates later this year.

Remarks by Fed Chair Janet Yellen later in the day that a
rate increase was on track this year added support for the

May 22, 2015

Citigroup selling retail online FX trading platform to FXCM, Saxo Bank

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Citigroup said on Friday it is selling its margin foreign exchange business, including the CitiFX Pro and TradeStream platforms to U.S.-based FXCM and Danish investment bank SAXO Bank.

“We believe this transaction is in the best interest of Citi’s Margin FX clients, who will experience a seamless transition to seasoned online retail specialists that can skillfully service their needs. The sale is expected to be completed in the second quarter,” the bank said in a short statement released to Reuters.

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      "Deputy U.S. Public Finance Editor. Responsible for editing and reporting on U.S. municipalities, their debt, investments and budgets. Special focus on U.S. infrastructure spending and mutual fund analysis. Previously 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. I've reported and taught journalism in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States."
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