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Iraq's OPEC revolt shows Saudi-Iran oil deal fragility

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ALGIERS For years, debates in the OPEC conference room were dominated by clashes between top producer Saudi Arabia and arch-rival Iran.

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Wells Fargo scandal reignites debate about big bank culture

In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, the banking industry sought to address an ethics crisis with surveys, town hall meetings, appointments of overseers and mechanisms for employees to report malfeasance.

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Fed, BOJ add shine to risk-parity strategy

NEW YORK The Federal Reserve and Bank of Japan's actions last week have given a second wind to an alternative investment strategy that relies on cheap money and low market volatility to produce outsized returns.

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Global monetary easing moves hit 200th milestone since Jan 2015

LONDON Armenia does not often take the global financial spotlight but a routine rate cut by the tiny former Soviet republic this week marked a global milestone - the 200th case of policy easing worldwide since the start of last year.

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'Sell in May and go away'? Not this year, as stocks power ahead in Q3

LONDON Investors following the stock market maxim "Sell in May and go away" will be ruing that decision this year, after emerging market, Japanese and euro zone equities emerged as the biggest winners in the third quarter.

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Cracks showing in Germany's fragile truce with the ECB

BERLIN Michael Stuebgen, a conservative member of the German parliament, was speaking with the head of a local savings bank recently about the European Central Bank's quantitative easing (QE) programme.

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Hard to swallow: emerging markets get tougher for drugmakers

LONDON Emerging markets have lost their lustre for Big Pharma making drug firms ever more dependent on the United States for growth just as American anger over high medicine prices is building.

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After shock therapy, Hungary's Orbanomics starts to produce rewards

BUDAPEST Attila Behovits launched his street food business during hard times for Hungary but four years on, the economy - like demand for his traditional spicy sausages - is growing well.

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Cash is king as correlations cloud asset allocation

LONDON Stocks and bonds are moving in lock-step more than at any time since the financial crisis, making life difficult for asset allocators and driving investors into the one asset guaranteed to bring zero return - cash.

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Yield targeting an innovative move but legal can of worms for ECB

FRANKFURT Long-term yield targeting, an innovative move now adopted by the Bank of Japan, would solve many of the European Central Bank's own problems but would probably raise even more, making the policy difficult to emulate.

Markets

 

70.04
6,919.42
+1.02%
-195.79
18,143.45
-1.07%
-234.62
16,459.09
-1.41%

Most Actives

Currencies

1.2967
1.1560
1.1217

Other Indices

23,438.07
10,405.54
4,443.84
2,151.13
135.16
149.13

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