Euro zone stays on growth road, hitting occasional bump
LONDON Evidence built on Friday that the sturdy improvement in euro zone economic growth touted by the European Central Bank is in place -- albeit with some wobbles.
NEW YORK The Federal Reserve's current use of two relatively new tools to lift interest rates - its reverse repurchase facility and its rate on excess bank reserves - has proven to work well, suggesting the Fed may not revert to a more traditional policy model, a top U.S. central banker said on Wednesday.
The current so-called floor system "works effectively," San Francisco Fed President John Williams told reporters when asked whether he favours eventually reverting to the traditional "corridor" model in which banks would hold far less excess reserves.
Now that the financial crisis is well in the rear view mirror, Fed staffers and policymakers are quietly working on a longer-term plan for how the central bank will control its key policy rate.
(Reporting by Jonathan Spicer; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks on the West, a Reuters investigation has found.
LONDON For years the options market that companies and investors use to hedge against big swings in currencies viewed the euro as a bigger political and structural risk than Britain's pound.