LATEST NEWS : They're Dying at Their Desks in China as Epidemic of Stress Proves Fatal

Chinese banking regulator Li Jianhua literally worked himself to death. After 26 years of “always putting the cause of the party and the people” first, his employersaid this month, the 48-year-old official died rushing to finish a report before the sun came up. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Xi Says China Must Adapt to ‘New Normal’ of Slower Growth

Chinese President Xi Jinping said the nation needs to adapt to a “new normal” in the pace of economic growth and remain “cool-minded” amid a slowdown that analysts forecast will lead to the weakest expansion since 1990. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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LATEST NEWS : Europe Deflation Risk Seen by 74% in Global Investor Poll

Financial professionals are optimistic about the global economy, just not as fervent about it as they were at the start of the year. That’s the message from the latest Bloomberg Markets Global Investor Poll, which shows concern about risks ranging from the turmoil in Ukraine to the threat of deflation in Europe. continue reading at bloomberg.com

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RBS Poised for Biggest Loss Since Crisis on Mortgages Provision

Britain’s biggest government-owned lender, is on track for its largest pretax loss since 2008 after setting aside 3.1 billion pounds more ($5.1 billion) for legal and compensation claims. The provision includes 1.9 billion pounds for lawsuits and fines tied mostly to the sale of $91 billion of mortgage-backed securities from 2005 to 2007, the lender […]

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Davos Crowd Uneasy as Long-Term Risks Replace Crisis Response

For the first time in seven years, the business and political elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland last week were able to focus on long-term challenges rather than short-term economic crisis. That didn’t make them less nervous. Delegates at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting departed anxious about the risk to future prosperity caused by high […]

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Bernanke Says QE Works While Posing No Immediate Bubble Risk

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke defended quantitative easing, saying it has helped the economy and shows no immediate sign of creating a bubble in asset prices. “We don’t think that financial stability concerns should at this point detract from the need for monetary policy accommodation which we are continuing to provide,” he said today in Washingtonat a […]

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World Bank Sees Record Demand for Political Risk Insurance

Investors’ demand for insurance against political risk is on track to match last year’s record as instability persists in the Middle East and disputes in Latin America erode confidence, the World Bank said. Investment insurance for developing economies by a group of the main public, private and multilateral providers reached $45 billion by mid-2013, according to the bank’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee […]

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Central Banks Drop Tightening Talk as Easy Money Goes On

The Bank of Canada’s dropping of language about the need for future interest-rate increases and today’s decisions by central banks in Norway, Sweden and the Philippines to leave their rates on hold unite them with counterparts in reinforcing rather than retracting loose monetary policy. The Federal Reserve delayed a pullback in asset purchases, while emerging markets from Hungary to Chile cut […]

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Senate Passes Accord to End Shutdown as House Set to Act

The Senate voted 81-18 to halt the 16-day government shutdown and raise the U.S. debt limit, moving one step closer to ending the nation’s fiscal impasse. The House of Representatives began debate at 9:24 p.m. and plans to vote later tonight. The Senate acted the day before U.S. borrowing authority was scheduled to lapse as Congress […]

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First U.S. Shutdown in 17 Years Imminent With No Talks

“Republicans and Democrats say they don’t want to close the government, though neither side is budging from their positions. House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner, want to delay President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act for a year and make other changes to the law. Democrats, led by Obama, say that won’t happen. Obama will […]

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