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Bank of England, stung by scandals, flags market concerns


LONDON - The Bank of England is warning about potential irregularities in financial markets on a regular basis as it tries to address the problems that dragged it into recent market scandals, a senior BoE official said.

Bank of England's Broadbent says does not finesse sterling exchange rate

LONDON - The Bank of England is mindful of the strength of sterling but does not try to finesse the exchange rate, Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent said on Friday.

BoE's Haldane sees case for more global rules for asset classes

LONDON - Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane said regulators around the world might need to develop more common rules for dealing with specific markets rather than take a country-by-country approach.


UK-exposed stocks outperform despite election uncertainty

LONDON - Undaunted by Britain's deepest political uncertainty in a generation, stock investors are opting for firms active in the domestic economy over London-listed international groups.

Top U.S. CEOs reaped billions from stock gains in recent years, Reuters analysis shows

BOSTON - CEOs at large U.S. companies collectively realized at least $6 billion more in compensation than initially estimated in annual disclosures in the five years after the financial crisis first hit, according to a Reuters analysis. The reason for the windfall: the soaring value of their stock awards.


A British EU exit could hit GDP by 2.2 percent - study

LONDON - Britain leaving the European Union could result in a permanent loss of 2.2 percent of the country's gross domestic product by 2030, and the costs would not be offset solely by striking a free trade deal with its former partners, think tank Open Europe said.


Bank of England chief economist flags chance of interest rate cut

LONDON - The Bank of England should be ready to cut interest rates to a record low if needed to stop inflation falling further than expected below target, the central bank's chief economist said on Thursday.


Fed taking it slow, giving markets a reason to hit the accelerator

- If the opposite of a tantrum is a happy dance, then that's just what stock and bond markets performed on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve sounded less likely to act aggressively in raising interest rates than investors anticipated.


ECB's money printing may stymie cash generators

LONDON - The European Central Bank may well be printing money via its landmark government bond buying programme, but it could also be destroying some of the financial system's own printing presses in the process.


Regulators face tough job to crack down on 'index huggers'

LONDON - Watchdogs leading a crackdown on mis-sold products across the financial services industry could find a case against a breed of high-fee investment funds known as "index huggers" difficult to prove.






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