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U.S. Federal Reserve

Economy's weak spell puts Fed at crossroads over liftoff plans

The Federal Reserve’s plan to raise interest rates this year, forged over months of strong jobs growth and a seemingly durable expansion, now faces an economy that no longer follows the script and may push the “liftoff” far into the future.

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Frankfurt stock exchange

German bund yields climb, lift euro; stocks ease

German bond yields climbed on Tuesday on optimism that inflation may have bottomed in the euro zone, lifting demand for the euro, while volatility in global bond markets weighed on stock indexes.

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US Federal Reserve

Fed said to have debt ceiling plan involving market interventions

The Federal Reserve drew together extensive plans for handling a U.S. debt default that included scheduling deferred payments and lending cash to investors, according to a top lawmaker who cited Fed documents.

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U.S. Federal Reserve

Wary of bond 'cliff,' Fed plans cautious cuts to portfolio

The Federal Reserve is sketching out plans to prevent an abrupt contraction in its massive balance sheet next year, when some $500 billion in bonds expire and risk disrupting markets and the U.S. economic recovery.

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U.S. Capitol

Budget deficit rises to $53 billion in March

The United States ended the month of March with a budget deficit of $53 billion, up 43 percent from the same period last year, the U.S. Treasury Department said on Monday.

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Tokyo

Asia tentative, awaits word on Fed rate outlook

Caution gripped Asian markets on Tuesday as investors fretted over what Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen might say later in the day on the likely lift-off date for U.S. policy tightening.

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Abbott Laboratories Logo at their headquarters

Abbott, Mylan silent on why changing tax-inversion terms

Drugmakers Abbott Laboratories (ABT.N) and Mylan Inc (MYL.O) on Wednesday declined to explain in detail why they changed the terms of a $5.3 billion deal in which Mylan will buy part of Abbott's overseas generics business and reincorporate for tax purposes in the Netherlands.

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Wall Street

Wall Street sees holes in Fed's new policy-tightening plan

No sooner did the Federal Reserve reveal its plan for eventually tightening U.S. monetary policy than many on Wall Street flagged problems with the mechanics of the strategy, and said more adjustments would have to come.

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Lloyds Banking Group

UK government could sell off remaining Lloyds stake in 2014 -sources

The UK government could sell off its remaining 33% stake in Lloyds Banking Group next year to complete the privatization of the lender, according to sources familiar with the process.

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David Cameron

UK to consider new rules to raise funding for SMBs

The UK government is mulling on rule changes that would make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to obtain funding from alternative financiers and new banks.

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Eurostar

Britain to sell Eurostar stake under GBP10 billion privatization program

A new GBP10 billion privatization program will see Britain's 40% stake in cross-channel rail operator Eurostar sold off to help pay down UK's debts.

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Cassa Depositi e Prestiti

Italy state lender eyes 3 bln euros from grid assets sale -sources

Italian state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) expects to cash in around 3 billion euros ($4.1 billion) by June 2014 from the sale of minority stakes in gas and power grid networks, two sources with knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

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Four thousand U.S. dollars are counted out by a banker counting currency at a bank in Westminster, Colorado November 3, 2009. Picture taken November 3, 2009.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES BUSINESS)

U.S. could run out of cash in March under debt ceiling - CBO

The United States could start missing payments on its obligations some time between March and June if lawmakers don't raise a legal limit on borrowing by early February, congressional analysts said on Wednesday.

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