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Fed could use reserves payments to stimulate U.S. economy - paper

The Federal Reserve Building in WashingtonThe Federal Reserve could push banks to lend more by paying Wall Street smaller returns on money stashed at the U.S. central bank when inflation is low, according to an academic paper presented on Saturday. The proposal was one of several discussed at an international gathering of central bankers who are looking for ways to stimulate economies even after they have cut interest rates to near zero and flooded banks with money. In his paper, economist Ricardo Reis put forward a new way for the Fed to pay banks returns on the money they keep at the central bank, a tool that could potentially put the Fed's goal of keeping inflation at 2 percent on autopilot.


Jobs data to be a big deal for record-high stocks

Job seekers fill out applications during 11th annual Skid Row Career Fair the Los Angeles Mission in Los AngelesWall Street will fixate on a wave of U.S. economic data next week, crested by payrolls data on Friday that could sway expectations about the timing of future interest rate hikes and spark volatility in record-high stock prices. Fresh data about employment and consumer confidence could help investors solidify expectations for a December interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve, or lend weight to a minority of strategists predicting a rate rise as early as next month. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the case for a rate hike is strengthening, but she left open the timing of what would be the first increase since December 2015.


Caesars must face $11 billion in lawsuits: U.S. judge

Las Vegas Strip casinos are seen from the 550 foot-tall (167.6 m) High Roller observation wheel, the tallest in the world, in Las VegasCaesars Entertainment Corp must face lawsuits from bondholders seeking some $11 billion in claims, a U.S. judge ruled on Friday in a decision the casino company had warned could plunge it into bankruptcy alongside its operating unit. Caesars Entertainment Operating Co (CEOC), which filed for Chapter 11 protection in January 2015, was asking for a third court shield from lawsuits against its parent to protect a multibillion-dollar contribution to its reorganization plan. The high-stakes CEOC bankruptcy has been plagued by a complex web of litigation pitting some of the most aggressive investors on Wall Street against each other.


Wall Street slips in wake of comments by top Fed officials

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York CityU.S. stocks ended modestly lower after a volatile session on Friday, having bounced between gains and losses as investors wrestled with the likely timing of a U.S. interest rate hike following comments from top Federal Reserve officials. The S&P 500 rose after Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the case for raising rates had strengthened but did not indicate when the Fed would act. Yellen told a gathering of central bankers from around the world in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the U.S. economy was nearing the central bank?s goals of maximum employment and price stability but that future hikes should be ?gradual?.


Clinton?s Coziness With Silicon Valley: More Troubling Than Her Wall Street Ties

Clinton?s Coziness With Silicon Valley: More Troubling Than Her Wall Street TiesThe wealth of Hollywood has historically been a magnet for Democratic politicians, and it remains so; Hillary Clinton spent two days draining the pocketbooks of Justin Timberlake and other luminaries this ...


Most Asian markets lose ground ahead of speech by Fed's Janet Yellen

Most Asian markets lose ground ahead of speech by Fed's Janet YellenWhile most Asian stock market indices were trading lower on Friday (26 August), the Shanghai Composite was up 0.19% at 3,074.28 as of 6.01am GMT. The general bearish trend in Asia reflected nervousness among traders ahead of Fed Chair Janet Yellen's speech scheduled for Friday, 26 August.


Sibanye Gold H1 earnings surge, focus on safety

A sign board is seen near the Sibanye gold mine in WestonariaSouth African-focused bullion and platinum producer Sibanye Gold posted a six-fold surge in interim earnings on Thursday on a sharply higher rand-gold price and said it was refocusing on safety after a spike in fatalities. The company said it had appointed veteran executive Peter Turner to head up safety for the group. Safety has been back in the spotlight in South Africa, home to the world's deepest mines, after an increase in fatalities across the industry this year after the death toll had fallen for seven consecutive years.


Asia stocks hold gains before Yellen speech, dollar firm

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen holds a news conference in WashingtonBy Saikat Chatterjee HONG KONG (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday but clung to recent well-worn trading ranges while the dollar held firm against regional currencies ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen at a global central bankers' meeting. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan edged 0.3 percent higher. Japan's Nikkei was down 0.3 percent, pressured by losses on Wall Street overnight and investor caution ahead of Yellen's speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Friday.


 
 
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