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Exclusive: CME developing European gold futures contract


LONDON - The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) is developing a European gold futures contract to serve customers in London, three sources familiar with matter said.


Faster ECB money-printing excites investors

FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS - The European Central Bank will accelerate the pace of money printing to buy government bonds over the next two months, one of its top officials said, while voicing concern about recent swings on bond markets.

Investors stick to bets even as dollar and bonds slip

NEW YORK - The dollar's four-week decline and a slump in bond prices has upset some assumptions about where global financial markets are heading, but haven't deterred most investors from staying faithful to their bets.


Central banks chase investor herd into liquidity trap

LONDON - Investors used to thinking that vast quantities of cheap central bank money make financial assets a one-way bet have had a rude awakening in recent weeks, as that same conventional wisdom created frailties in the functioning of markets.


Bumper European earnings trend built on sound foundations

LONDON - European companies have enjoyed their strongest quarter for four years and an improving economic backdrop and a supportive euro currency should ensure that they maintain their momentum.

Bund yields near 2015 highs as sell-off rumbles on

LONDON - Benchmark German 10-year Bund yields held near 2015 highs on Thursday as a global retreat from fixed income assets rumbled on, ignoring macroeconomic data that would normally be supportive for bond markets.


Indian banks may offer interest on gold deposits of above 30 grams

MUMBAI - India could allow individuals deposit a minimum of 30 grams of gold with banks in return for interest payments to help monetise large quantities of the metal lying with households, a step that is aimed at cutting expensive imports.


Global gold demand plateaus as Chinese jewellery buying falls

LONDON - Global gold demand eased 1 percent in the first quarter, an industry report showed on Thursday, as a drop in Chinese jewellery demand narrowly outweighed a recovery in Indian buying and Western appetite for bullion-backed funds.


Bookies win again versus emotion-skewed opinion polls

LONDON - Opinion pollsters face another post-mortem over their failure to accurately predict last week's British election result, while world investors are paying heed to yet another win for betting markets.

Shares in UK banks jump as Conservatives stay in power

LONDON - Shares in British banks jumped on Friday as the Conservative party looked set to form the next government, removing fears of a break-up of the biggest among them and further hikes in a tax on their assets.






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