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RBC merges tech banking, ventures under ‘RBCx’

  Bloomberg Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is merging its RBC Ventures partnership group with its RBCx technology banking and innovation arm in a bid to capture more business from entrepreneurs at all stages of their startups’ growth. Sid Paquette, who has led both RBCx and Ventures since April, will head the combined business, the Toronto-based bank said in a ...

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Rakuten to pick Goldman, Daiwa for banking IPO

  Bloomberg Rakuten Group Inc has chosen Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Daiwa Securities Group Inc as lead managers for its banking unit’s initial public offering, people familiar with the matter said, as the online retailer chases fintech growth to counter mounting losses. Rakuten is preparing to list its banking unit with a valuation of around 300 billion yen ($2.1 ...

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Indian IPOs to pick up within six months: Bank of America

  Bloomberg Bank of America Corp expects initial public offerings in India will regain their recent momentum as soon as in the first quarter of next year, bolstered by the underlying strength of the market. “I think IPOs have taken a breather but it will be probably three to six months away from coming back,” Debasish Purohit, co-head of India ...

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Chubb in talks for tie-up with Hang Seng Bank

  Bloomberg Chubb Ltd is in advanced talks to form an insurance partnership with Hang Seng Bank Ltd, a Hong Kong-based lender majority owned by HSBC Holdings Plc, according to people familiar with the matter. The parties are hammering out the details of a transaction that could be agreed over the coming weeks, the people said, asking not to be ...

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China banks keep lending rates unchanged after PBOC pauses

Bloomberg Chinese banks kept their main lending rates unchanged after the central bank paused its monetary easing and defended a weakening yuan, though a cut is still expected by economists in the coming months to counter headwinds to growth. The one-year loan prime rate (LPR) was left at 3.65%, according to a statement by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC). ...

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British pound, euro are in a ‘doom loop’: TD experts

Bloomberg The Bank of England (BOE) has limited power to stop the downward spiral in the UK pound, said strategists at TD Securities, who are predicting more losses in the coming months. The pound and euro are trapped in a “doom loop” caused by soaring energy prices that feed into weaker economic growth and lower currency values, wrote strategists including ...

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Goldman cuts 25 Asia bankers over China deals

Bloomberg Goldman Sachs Group Inc has started axing at least 25 investment bankers in Asia as a drought in dealmaking prompts cuts across sectors, people familiar with the matter said. The cuts span its equity capital markets, healthcare and telecommunication, media and technology teams in Asia, the people said, asking not to be identified because the matter is confidential. The ...

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Bitcoin drops to 3-month low

  Bloomberg A slide in cryptocurrencies sent Bitcoin to a three-month low as sentiment took a knock from a wave of monetary tightening that’s set to stretch from Europe to the US this week. The largest digital token sank as much as 7.4% and was trading at $18,644 in New York. That’s the lowest since digital-asset prices tumbled after the ...

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Gold struggles as Fed fears swirl before rate decision

  Bloomberg Gold kicked off a pivotal week seeing fresh declines as the dollar strengthened, with investors bracing for a Federal Reserve rates decision that risks putting more pressure on the precious metal. The metal slid as much as 0.9%, extending a slump over the past month in the face of the dollar’s relentless gains.

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ECB to avoid climate laggards’ longer debt in historic shift

Bloomberg The European Central Bank (ECB) will limit purchases of longer-term debt issued by companies that rank poorly under a new scoring system created to screen out polluters and tackle climate change. The maturity limit will cut the “longer-term exposure of the Eurosystem to transition risks,” according to a statement. The ECB will also give “special treatment” to green bonds ...

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