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The ECB wants to talk to you about inflation. But will it listen?

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FRANKFURT/RIYADH (Reuters) – For many people, the language of European Central Bank policymakers is so impenetrable, it could be beamed from another planet. FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde addresses the European Parliament during a debate on the 2018 annual report of the ECB in Strasbourg, France, February......
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Let’s come together to tax tech giants, say G20 officials eyeing $100 billion boost

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RIYADH (Reuters) – Leading world economies must show unity in dealing with aggressive “tax optimization” by global digital giants like Google (GOOGL.O), Amazon (AMZN.O) and Facebook (FB.O), G20 officials said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2,......
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Take Five: ‘Our currency, your problem’ – all over again

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(Reuters) – 1/KING DOLLAR Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shortly after the opening bell in New York, U.S., February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson The dollar juggernaut rolls on. The U.S. currency has rocketed to a near three-year high versus the euro EUR=, a 10-month......
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U.S. watchdog proposes national standard for disclosing expired debt

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. consumer watchdog on Friday proposed establishing a national standard for how debt collectors must inform borrowers when they cannot be sued for expired debt. FILE PHOTO: The image of United States President George Washington is seen on an engraving plate for a US one dollar......
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Dollar tramples yen and safe-haven status, gold gains

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The strong dollar got stronger on Thursday, rising to a three-year high against a basket of trading partner currencies, after a steep slide in the Japanese yen called into question its safe-haven status while the rally in U.S. equities took a pause. Traders work on the......
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Shares of HNA affiliates rally after report of China bailout plan

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BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Shares in affiliates of HNA Group surged on Thursday following a news report that China plans to take over the debt-laden conglomerate as the coronavirus outbreak has further hit its ability to meet financial obligations. FILE PHOTO: The HNA Group logo is seen on the gate of......
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Lofty stocks, hefty debt sow seeds of worry for some at Fed

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(Reuters) – Rock-bottom corporate bond yields, high levels of business debt and one of the fastest expansions of stock market valuations on record are worrying some Federal Reserve officials who fret such financial imbalances could aggravate any negative shocks to the U.S. economy. While agreeing that overall financial vulnerabilities were......
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Fed staff float plan to end term-repo after April, minutes show

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(Reuters) – Senior Federal Reserve staff proposed ending longer-term loans to banks after April as part of a broader blueprint laying out how the central bank could scale back the support provided to money markets, the minutes from the January policy meeting showed. The proposal, which received a warm reception......
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Exclusive: Vodafone, Telecom Italia offer rivals access to some sites to ease EU concerns – EU paper

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FILE PHOTO: Different types of 4G, 5G and data radio relay antennas for mobile phone networks are pictured on a relay mast operated by Vodafone in Berlin, Germany, April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Vodafone and Telekom Italia have offered to allow rivals access to sites in......
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Stocks slide on Apple’s virus warning, euro near three-year low

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices tumbled and global equity markets slid on Tuesday after Apple Inc said it was unlikely to meet its sales guidance because of the coronavirus outbreak in China, a warning highlighting the epidemic’s threat to global growth and corporate profits. China reported its fewest new......
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French finance minister warns Renault against job cuts, factory closures

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FILE PHOTO: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire reacts after his New Year address to France’s economic officials and the media at the Bercy Finance Ministry in Paris, France, January 7, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo BRUSSELS (Reuters) – French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire warned Renault (RENA.PA) on Tuesday against......
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Exclusive: Italian government leaning towards third term for Eni CEO – sources

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ROME/MILAN (Reuters) – The Italian government is leaning toward reappointing Claudio Descalzi as CEO of state-controlled oil firm Eni, provided he will work with a new board to speed up efforts to cut carbon emissions, four senior political sources told Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Italian energy company......
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Chinese support measures buoy world stocks

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LONDON (Reuters) – Global shares were buoyant on Monday as the promise of further policy stimulus from China to counteract the economic hit from a coronavirus outbreak calmed nervous investors. Trading was light, with U.S. stocks and bond markets shut for a public holiday. Both the pan-European STOXX 600 index......
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Global shares edge higher on Chinese support measures

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LONDON (Reuters) – Global shares rose on Monday as the promise of further policy stimulus to counteract the economic hit from a coronavirus outbreak calmed nervous investors. FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, February 14, 2020. REUTERS/Staff/File Photo......
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Europe wants G20 to make taxing digital giants top priority this year

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Europe wants the world’s financial leaders to make it their top priority this year to reach a deal on global rules for taxing digital giants like Google (GOOGL.O), Amazon (AMZN.O) and Facebook (FB.O), a document showed. FILE PHOTO: File photo: The Google logo is seen at an......
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Jump in coronavirus cases yanks rally into reverse

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LONDON (Reuters) – A sharp rise in the number of coronavirus deaths and infections unnerved world markets on Thursday, as traders halted the rally in stocks and retreated to the safety of government bonds and gold. FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock......
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Fed Chair Powell: ‘no reason’ rising wages, job gains can’t continue

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell testifies before the Senate Banking Committee in a hearing on the semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2020. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday reiterated his confidence in the sustainability of......
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Fed’s Powell says economy in good place, warns on coronavirus

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell told Congress on Tuesday that the U.S. economy is in a good place, even as he cited the potential threat from the coronavirus in China and concerns about the economy’s long-term health. With risks like trade policy uncertainty receding and global growth......
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Fed’s Powell says economy ‘resilient,’ but warns on coronavirus, productivity

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell was fairly upbeat about the outlook for the U.S. economy in the first of his twice-a-year updates to Congress on Tuesday, but he cited a potential threat from the coronavirus in China and concerns about the economy’s long-term health. The U.S. economic......
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European stocks reach record highs on hopes virus is peaking

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LONDON (Reuters) – European equity markets pushed to record highs on Tuesday as China’s top medical advisor fuelled hopes the coronavirus epidemic may be close to peaking. China’s factories were struggling to re-open after an extended break and analysts were continuing to calculate the likely economic damage, but the mood......

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