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Japan's Aso pushes back on U.S. call for scrutiny of currency moves


WASHINGTON Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Saturday trade imbalances cannot be fixed through exchange-rate adjustments alone, pushing back against Washington's calls to have more rigorous IMF scrutiny of currency moves.

Japan's Aso - Do not expect G20 to lean towards protectionism

WASHINGTON Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday he does not think the Group of 20 debate will lean towards favouring protectionism over free trade ahead of the group's summit in July, even as the new U.S. administration threatened to impose measures to restrict imports.

Business, Japan 22 Apr 2017

U.S., global financial leaders skirt trade frictions, tout collaboration

WASHINGTON Global economic leaders on Friday continued downplaying possible friction with the Trump administration over currencies, trade and other potentially contentious issues, even while acknowledging that much about the U.S. president's plans remains unclear.

World, Business 22 Apr 2017

'Almost everybody' at G20 agrees on open markets - Weidmann

WASHINGTON Financial leaders from the world's top 20 economies meeting in Washington agreed on the importance of open markets, the head of Germany's central bank said on Friday, in a sign that tensions with the Trump administration may be subsiding.

Business, 21 Apr 2017

Germany sees 'non-confrontational solution' with Trump on trade

WASHINGTON Germany's finance minister is optimistic about reaching a "non-confrontational solution" on trade with the United States at a summit this summer, he said on Friday after meeting his U.S. counterpart in Washington.

World, 21 Apr 2017

Bank of England's Carney says financial rules must be 'dynamic'

WASHINGTON Bank of England Governor Mark Carney told bankers on Thursday that financial regulations devised after the 2008-09 crisis cannot be set in stone, and must be flexible enough to deal with unintended consequences and unexpected gaps.

Business, 20 Apr 2017

Ivanka Trump to join Merkel at G20 women's summit in Germany next week

BERLIN Ivanka Trump will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel and International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde in Berlin next Tuesday at a summit of women from leading world economies, the organisers said.

World, IMF 20 Apr 2017

Timeline - Macron's rise from unknown adviser to French election favourite

PARIS Unknown to the wider public until three years ago and still only 39, Emmanuel Macron, a centrist and former investment banker, has built a party machine from scratch and is favourite to win France's presidential election this spring.

World, Special Reports, 20 Apr 2017

Germany's Schaeuble - ESM could turn into European monetary fund

WASHINGTON German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said on Thursday it would be possible to develop the euro zone's European Stability Mechanism (ESM) rescue fund into a European monetary fund soon.

World, 20 Apr 2017

Daily Briefing: Trump the focus of spring finance talks

LONDON The most important conversations about Europe's economy today are happening in Washington, as world finance leaders gather there for the spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

Market Analysis, 20 Apr 2017



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