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ECB to launch long-awaited QE gambit

Berlin - In what may be its best and last chance to stimulate growth and ward off deflation across the eurozone, the European Central Bank on Monday will launch its long-awaited 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) quantitative easing programme.

Argentina, hedge funds far apart as bond hearings restart

Washington - Two months into a new year expected to bring progress, Argentina and the hedge funds it brands vultures are still far apart in a battle over bonds that has put the country back into default.

Op-Ed: SF Giants prove again that the best baseball is team baseball

San Francisco - Say what you want about how the San Francisco Giants are undeserving of being Major League champions because they couldn't even win their division after the nearly interminable 162-game season.

Argentina deposits debt payment, defying US judge

Buenos Aires - Argentina deposited a $161 million payment on its restructured debt Tuesday, defying a US judge who ruled it in contempt of court and ordered it to pay two "holdout" creditors first.

US judge calls Argentina in contempt in debt case

New York - A US judge ruled Argentina in contempt of court Monday for its attempts to skirt his block on payments to holders of the country's restructured debt.

U.S. court ruling on Argentine debt violates int'l law: Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires - Argentina on Monday slammed as illegal a U.S. judge's ruling finding it in contempt of court on its debt payments.

Argentine lawmakers OK debt payment alternatives

Buenos Aires - Argentina's lawmakers approved a measure early Thursday that would transfer the payment site for the country's restructured debt obligations from New York to Buenos Aires, as the country grapples with fallout from its 2001 default.

Argentina to pay bondholders despite U.S. court ruling

Buenos Aires - Buenos Aires moved to pay bondholders domestically after a U.S. bank left it unable to do so, President Cristina Kirchner said.

Argentina readies talks with mediator over debt default

New York - Argentine representatives hold talks with a court-appointed arbiter in New York on Monday hoping to resolve an impasse over debt payments to hedge funds as the country faces possible default.

Greece's short-term debt rates drop after bond issue

Athens - Greece's short-term borrowing costs tumbled on Tuesday, days after the crisis-hit country returned to medium-term international bond markets for the first time for four years. Athens paid 2.75 percent interest on 1.625 billion euros ($2.

Altice, Numericable plan 10-bn bond sale to fund SFR buy

Paris - French telecom operator Numericable and its parent company Altice said Monday they are planning to issue more than 10 billion euros ($13.8 billion) of bonds to fund their acquisition of SFR.

Greece to issue more bonds after sale success

Athens - Greece will issue more bonds after last week's successful five-year debt sale that ended a four-year drought, the head of the debt agency said Sunday.

Italy's borrowing cost at record low on 12-month bonds

Rome - Italy raised 7.5 billion euros ($10.4 billion) on Thursday in a sale of 12-month bonds with the rate falling to a record low of 0.589 percent, the Bank of Italy said.The rate at a similar auction on March 12 was 0.

Greece set for milestone return to bond markets

Athens - Greece was set on Thursday for a milestone return to bond markets with a five-year debt sale which also sends a major signal that the eurozone debt crisis is fading.

Booby-trapped car explodes outside Bank of Greece

Athens - A booby-trapped car exploded outside the Bank of Greece in central Athens Thursday but no one was injured in the blast, police said, as Greece was set to return to the debt markets after a four-year absence.

Greece raises 1.3 bn amid bond speculation

Athens - Greece on Tuesday raised 1.3 billion euros ($1.8 billion) with a sale of six-month treasury bills, and looked set to return soon to borrowing for longer periods after being frozen out for four years."Total bids reached 3.

Greece in 'no hurry' on bond issue

Athens - Greece is in "no hurry" to tap markets with a five-year bond sale which reports said could come as early as this week, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said on Monday.“There is no hurry.

Banking mogul Diamond to help Zimbabwe tap bond market

Harare - Former Barclays chief Bob Diamond will help Zimbabwe tap much-needed international investment through a 150 million eurobond, the country's finance minister said Wednesday.

Greece to return to markets for medium-term loans by June

Athens - Greece, fighting to emerge from bailouts which began in 2010, will try to return to borrowing normally on the medium-term debt mark by June, Greek press reports said on Wednesday citing the finance minister.

US, Dutch try to deposit billions in fake bonds in Vatican bank

Rome - Vatican police on Saturday apprehended an American and a Dutch man who were trying to deposit billions of euros and US dollars in fake bonds in the Vatican bank.

Puerto Rico dodges debt bullet

Washington - Debt-laden Puerto Rico successfully issued $3.5 billion worth of bonds Tuesday in an effort to stave off default long enough for the US territory to right its finances.But the fresh fundraising came at a high cost, with the bonds sold at a yield of 8.7...

China's first corporate default sparks legal action: lawyer

Shenzhen - China's first-ever default on a domestic corporate bond, expected Friday, has sparked legal action by investors owed interest payments from a solar company, their lawyer said.Shanghai-based Chaori Solar Energy Science & Technology Co.

C$ firms a tad as risk aversion eases

The Canadian dollar firmed slightly on Tuesday as comments from Russia's president that he saw no need to use military force in Crimea for now helped take some of the risk aversion out of the market.

Canada dollar weakens as Ukraine jitters lift greenback

The Canadian dollar weakened on Monday as safe-haven buying of the greenback increased as Russian President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Crimea region.

Second best year for Norway's sovereign wealth fund

Oslo - Norway's huge sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, reported last year the second best performance of its history, the country's central bank said Friday, virtually making every Norwegian a millionaire.The so-called oil fund is fed by the state's...

Russia 'not obliged' to disburse Ukraine funds: minister

Moscow - Russia has no legal obligation to disburse further tranches of a $15 billion bailout for Ukraine agreed last year with ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, a Russian minister warned on Tuesday.Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed the bailout to save ...

Argentina appeals bonds case to U.S. Supreme Court

Washington - Argentina said Tuesday it had appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court against a lower court order to pay off hedge fund investors in its bonds, arguing that order violated its sovereignty; taking its two-year battle against the investors.

Italian borrowing costs drop to eight-year low

Rome - Italy's borrowing costs dropped to an eight-year low on Monday, after rating agency's Moody's raised outlook and as the country awaited a new, reform-driven government.On Friday, Moody's raised the outlook for the Italian economy from negative to stabl...

Portugal sails through 10-year bond issue

Paris - Portugal took a big step towards emerging from its bailout and borrowing normally to finance its budget, with a successful 10-year bond issue on Tuesday.The debt management agency said it raised 3.0 billion euros ($4.1 billion) amid strong demand of 9....

Portugal 'sails through 10-year bond issue'

Paris - Portugal took a big step towards shedding its bailout clothes and borrowing normally to finance its budget, with a successful 10-year bond issue on Tuesday.The debt management agency raised 3.0 billion euros ($4.1 billion) amid strong demand of 9.5 bil...
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