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Euro zone yields up as ECB speculation mounts

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LONDON Euro zone government bond yields edged up on Tuesday as market speculation swirled over the next European Central Bank chief at a time when monetary policy is the main threat for bond markets.

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BOJ will struggle to raise rates this year - ex-central banker Shirai 6:29am GMT

TOKYO The new Bank of Japan leadership won't be able to raise interest rates this year as the central bank missed the best opportunity to do so in 2017, former BOJ board member Sayuri Shirai said on Wednesday.

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Asian stocks gain, dollar extends recovery 6:26am GMT

TOKYO Asian stocks gained on Wednesday, while the dollar advanced as traders near-term focus shifted to the minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting for hints on the future pace of U.S. monetary tightening.

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Latvian defence ministry says corruption claims may be disinformation campaign 20 Feb 2018

RIGA Corruption allegations that led to the suspension of Latvia's central bank governor on Tuesday may be part of a disinformation campaign aimed at damaging trust in the country and influencing October elections, its Defence Ministry said.

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EU chooses Spain's de Guindos for ECB vice-chair, paving way for German head 20 Feb 2018

BRUSSELS Euro zone finance ministers on Monday chose Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos to succeed European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio in May, a move likely to boost the chances of a German becoming head of the ECB next year. | Video

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Guggenheim's Minerd warns of a possible replay of 1987 stock market crash 20 Feb 2018

NEW YORK Investors should brace for a possible replay of the 1987 stock market crash later this year, given this month's slump came against the backdrop of Federal Reserve interest rate hikes and rising inflation, Scott Minerd, Global Chief Investment Officer at Guggenheim Partners, said on Tuesday.

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With stimulus exit looming, communication challenges await new BOJ trio 20 Feb 2018

TOKYO The incoming Bank of Japan leadership looks similar to the one going out but its mission ahead will likely be much different - winding down extraordinary stimulus measures of the past five years and communicating how that will be done to the markets.

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Restive bond markets may complicate ECB's exit plans 20 Feb 2018

LONDON The European Central Bank has its work cut out this year to make sure markets don't jump the gun on its policy normalization.

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BOJ to keep retreating from stimulus under Kuroda: ex-central banker Kiuchi 20 Feb 2018

TOKYO The reappointment of Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda for another five-year term means the central bank will continue to gradually edge away from crisis-mode stimulus, former BOJ board member Takahide Kiuchi said.

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BoE's Carney says Bitcoin has 'pretty much failed' as currency 19 Feb 2018

LONDON Bitcoin has failed as a currency measured by standard benchmarks, and is neither a store of value nor a useful way to buy things, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Monday. | Video