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Rupee left behind in EM rally as RBI rebuilds foreign reserves

  Bloomberg The rupee’s recent gains may prove to be fleeting because of pressure from India’s persistent current-account gap and the central bank building up its foreign-exchange reserves. The currency has lagged peers from the Thai baht to the Indonesian rupiah this month, gaining only 1.4% even amid sustained dollar weakness. QuantEco Research expects the rupee to slip towards 83.5 ...

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Top investment bankers in Asia face 50% pay cuts

  Bloomberg Top investment bankers in Asia ex-Japan at Wall Street’s biggest firms are having their worst payouts since the financial crisis more than a decade ago. On average, managing directors at banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Corp. (BofA) have seen their total compensation drop by 40% to 50%, with payouts for senior ...

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Pakistan rupee hits record low

Bloomberg Pakistan’s rupee slumped to a fresh record ahead of a visit by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) team for negotiations over the resumption of its $6.5 billion bailout program. The rupee fell for a sixth straight day, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. It traded as low as 269 per dollar on Monday, according to the foreign-exchange desk at AKD ...

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BNY to help money managers outsource their trading desks

  Bloomberg Bank of New York Mellon Corp. (BNY) wants to do money managers’ trading for them with a new outsourcing service aimed at helping buy-side firms cut costs. The move builds on the trading that BNY Mellon already handles for $1.8 trillion of assets it manages, the firm said in a statement. The bank will target current and prospective ...

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US saving rate jumps to seven-month high

  Bloomberg Americans stashed more money away last month, pulling back on discretionary spending amid a cloudier economic outlook. The saving rate rose for a third month to 3.4% in December 2022, the highest level in seven months, according to Commerce Department data. Last month’s increase from 2.9% in November marked biggest jump since July 2021. Savings are creeping back ...

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Desperate Nigerians looking for new naira queue up at ATMs

Bloomberg Dozens of Nigerians queued at an ATM machine in the heart of the country’s commercial hub to get new higher denomination naira notes ahead of a February 10 deadline that will render old bills expired. The ATM belonging to Guaranty Trust Bank Plc was the only one dispensing the new notes on one of the busiest streets in the ...

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BOE interest rates likely to rise to 4% in Feb after pay surges

  Bloomberg Britain’s soaring wage inflation is likely to push the Bank of England (BOE) to another sharp increase in interest rates this week. Investors and economists expect the UK central bank to raise its key rate a half point to 4% on February 2. That would mark the highest since 2008 and the quickest string of hikes in three ...

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Colombia’s central bank slows pace of rate hikes

  Bloomberg Colombia’s central bank slowed the pace of monetary tightening and signalled that interest rate rises are nearing an end as the economy’s growth outlook dims. The bank lifted its benchmark rate by three quarters of a percentage point to 12.75%, governor Leonardo Villar told reporters after the meeting. Five of the seven-member board voted for the move, while ...

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AmEx surges most in over two years on profit, revenue forecast

Bloomberg American Express Co. (AmEx) jumped the most in more than two years after the credit-card giant predicted that revenue and earnings for this year will surge well above what analysts estimated. While total volume on AmEx’s network increased less than expected in the final three months of last year, the record number of new cardholders AmEx added in 2022 should ...

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Goldman Sachs’s Solomon joins CEOs taking pay cuts

  Bloomberg As layoffs at technology and finance firms in the US have piled up, their executives have talked at length about the need to cut costs in a challenging economic environment. At some of the biggest firms, the same austerity measures are also being applied in the C-suite. David Solomon, the chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Group Inc., ...

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