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Australia to end outsized rate hikes, say economists

  Bloomberg Australia’s central bank will dial back the pace of policy tightening to quarter percentage-point moves from next month as it tries to navigate a path to cooling inflation while maintaining economic growth. Three-quarters of economists surveyed by Bloomberg expect the cash rate will rise to 2.6% from 2.35% at the Reserve Bank’s October 4 meeting. The poll was ...

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Singapore’s prominent family scions make digital assets push

  Bloomberg Scions from two of Singapore’s most prominent families are boosting their involvement in digital assets. Whampoa Group, a multi-family office anchored by principals from the Lee family that founded Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. and Amy Lee, the niece of the city-state’s founding prime minister, wants to spin out its asset-management business for digital investments. Family offices tend to be ...

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Goldman plans to cut several hundred jobs

Bloomberg Goldman Sachs Group Inc is embarking on its biggest round of jobs cuts since the start of the pandemic. The Wall Street titan plans to eliminate several hundred roles starting this month, according to people with knowledge of the matter. While the total number is less than some previous rounds, the reductions are a resumption of Goldman’s annual culling ...

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China bank lending sees slow recovery over caution

Bloomberg China’s credit growth recovered in August from a record low after the central bank cut rates and pushed banks to lend more, although still anemic household borrowing and the return of shadow banking suggest that real demand for loans is still not strong. Aggregate financing to the economy, which is a broad measure of new credit, was triple the ...

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ECB intensifying its scrutiny of banks’ response to energy crisis

Bloomberg The European Central Bank (ECB) is intensifying discussions with bank executives over their readiness for a potential surge in company defaults and a drying-up of energy-market liquidity, amid the worsening stand-off over Russian gas supplies. The Frankfurt-based bank watchdog wrote to lenders last month, telling them to analyse the impact of a gas stoppage on their businesses, according to ...

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Argentina’s Uala eyes Mexico remittances

  Bloomberg Argentine fintech Uala will allow clients in Mexico to receive money from abroad starting as it taps the fast-growing remittances market, which is expected to reach $60 billion in this year. The new service will be operated by Mexican bank ABC Capital, whose acquisition by Uala was announced in November, with the aim of expanding its financial services ...

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Bitcoin gains most since July, breaks trading range

  Bloomberg Bitcoin rallied the most since July, breaking out of the narrowest trading range in about two years, as a drop in the dollar renewed demand for battered risk assets worldwide. The largest cryptocurrency by market value advanced as much as 10.1% to $21 in New York. The increase was the most since July 19. Bitcoin is outperforming most ...

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BOJ bolsters bond buying as yields advance to policy limit

  Bloomberg The Bank of Japan (BOJ) said it would boost scheduled bond purchases as the intensifying Treasuries selloff puts upward pressure on global yields and weakens the yen. The BOJ said it would buy 550 billion yen ($3.8 billion) of five-10 year bonds at its regular operations, up from 500 billion yen scheduled. The move comes as Japan’s benchmark ...

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UK banks may write off $47bn in loans due to recession

  Bloomberg Britain’s lenders will have to write off £31 billion to £41 billion ($35.6 billion to $47.1 billion) of loans over the next three years as the country is hit by a recession, analysts at Credit Suisse Group AG predicted. The estimates are based on an economic contraction of between 1.5% and 4%, Omar Keenan and Alexander Demetriou said ...

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Bank of Canada puts down goal posts for future path of rates

  Bloomberg The Bank of Canada laid out key markers it will be watching as it considers how high borrowing costs will need to rise, flagging inflation expectations and underlying momentum of price pressures. In a speech in Calgary, Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Rogers said policy makers will be closely monitoring how consumption, global supply disruptions and inflation measures evolve ...

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