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Apr 9, 2013

Weak U.S. data may dilute shock value of latest Fed minutes

NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) – The release of the Federal
Reserve’s policy meeting minutes, usually a fairly staid affair,
was anything but in January and February, thanks to spirited
debate about when and how to end the central bank’s stimulus

That debate undoubtedly continued at the central bank’s
March 19-20 meeting, but minutes due on Wednesday may not
provoke the kind of market fireworks they did at the start of
2013, when long-dated Treasury yields soared to nine-month

Apr 3, 2013

Foreign bank curbs won’t hurt global reform – Fed’s Tarullo

NEW YORK, April 3 (Reuters) – Plans to tighten oversight of
foreign banks in the United States are crucial for financial
security and pose no threat to global banking reform, the
Federal Reserve’s point person on financial regulation said on

Speaking on CNBC-TV, Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo defended a
plan to require all foreign banks to group subsidiaries under a
holding company, subject to the same capital standards as U.S.
holding companies. The biggest banks would also need to hold
liquidity buffers.

Apr 1, 2013

Chinese factories rise but U.S. manufacturing slows

NEW YORK/BEIJING (Reuters) – Strong demand at home boosted activity at Chinese factories last month, but U.S. manufacturing hit an unexpected speed bump after expanding rapidly in February, weakened by a slower pace of new orders.

Other surveys released on Monday showed manufacturing sectors in South Korea and Japan growing as exports increased, while Brazil faced sharply slower output and rapidly rising prices, suggesting a manufacturing recovery remained tenuous.

Mar 21, 2013

Euro zone in reverse, China, U.S. perk up

LONDON/NEW YORK, March 21 (Reuters) – Economic malaise in
the euro zone deepened in March even before another member
country ran into debt trouble, but manufacturing in the United
States and China improved, surveys showed on Thursday.

Solid growth in the United States and China, the world’s
largest economies, will be important for overall global growth,
particularly as the 17-country euro zone continues to struggle.

Mar 18, 2013
via MacroScope

Fears of 1994 bond market flashback

The 1994 bond market massacre is remembered with horror by those who lived through it. Yields on 30-year Treasuries jumped some 200 basis points in the first nine months of the year, hammering investors and financial firms, not to mention thrusting Mexico into crisis and bankrupting Orange County.

The accepted story is that an over-eager Federal Reserve set off the carnage by raising interest rates too soon – the sort of premature move that current Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has suggested, again and again, that he is not going to make.

Mar 15, 2013

Springer Science owners to push ahead with sale -sources

FRANKFURT, March 15 (Reuters) – Private equity firm EQT and
sovereign wealth fund GIC are set to forge ahead in their
efforts to offload Springer Science+Business Media,
seeking buyers while also preparing a flotation as an
alternative, several people close to the process told Reuters.

Sources had told Reuters last year that EQT and GIC were
seeking a buyer who they hoped would pay as much as 4 billion
euros ($5.2 billion) for the German speciality publisher of
scientific journals, but they have so far not made any notable

Mar 15, 2013

Foreigners snap up Treasuries, cool stock buys in Jan-Treasury

NEW YORK, March 15 (Reuters) – Foreigners boosted purchases
of U.S. government bonds in January and cut back on U.S.
equities after two months of strong inflows, U.S. Treasury data
showed on Friday.

Demand for Treasuries was driven entirely by official
buyers, including central banks, who snapped up $53.1 billion.
That was the largest inflow in at least three years.

Mar 12, 2013

Hungry for yield, investors turn to pizza, films, vacation homes

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Record low interest rates have helped investors rediscover a taste for bonds backed by everything from pizza to movie royalties, even though strong demand for these offbeat assets has already trimmed returns.

Over the last year, investors have snapped up debt backed by royalty fees from franchise restaurants such as Domino’s Pizza to timeshare loans on vacation properties around the world, and analysts expect demand to grow in 2013.

Mar 12, 2013

Allianz Re sees reinsurance prices flat to lower

FRANKFURT, March 12 (Reuters) – Allianz Re, the reinsurance
unit of Europe’s biggest insurer, Allianz, expects
stagnant-to-falling prices for risk cover in contract talks
between insurance companies and their reinsurance backers in the
coming months.

It would take a fundamental change in the amount of
reinsurance supply available, or perhaps a catastrophic event
like an earthquake or storm, to cause the pricing picture to
change, Allianz Re Chief Executive Amer Ahmed told Reuters in an

Mar 7, 2013

Adidas sees role for Reebok despite writedown

HERZOGENAURACH, Germany (Reuters) – Adidas (ADSGn.DE: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is to stick with its troubled Reebok business even though the German sportswear group had to make a 265 million euro ($344.5 million) writedown on the brand at the end of last year.

Adidas, which bought Reebok in 2005 for $3.8 billion to try to close the gap with market leader Nike (NKE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), last year had to cut its 2015 sales target for the brand by a third after two quarters of declining sales.