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Draghi: Eurozone will decline without vital productivity growth

It’s productivity, stupid. European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has become the latest major policymaker to warn of the long-term economic damage posed by chronically low productivity growth, as he urged eurozone governments to take action to lift growth and stoke innovation. Speaking in Madrid on Wednesday, Mr Draghi noted that productivity rises in the […]

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Asia markets tentative ahead of Opec meeting

Wednesday 2.30am GMT Overview Markets across Asia were treading cautiously on Wednesday, following mild overnight gains for Wall Street, a weakening of the US dollar and as investors turned their attention to a meeting between Opec members later today. What to watch Oil prices are in focus ahead of Wednesday’s Opec meeting in Vienna. The […]

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Banks, Financial

RBS emerges as biggest failure in tough UK bank stress tests

Royal Bank of Scotland has emerged as the biggest failure in the UK’s annual stress tests, forcing the state-controlled lender to present regulators with a new plan to bolster its capital position by at least £2bn. Barclays and Standard Chartered also failed to meet some of their minimum hurdles in the toughest stress scenario ever […]

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Barclays: life in the old dog yet

Barclays, a former basket case of British banking, is beginning to look inspiringly mediocre. The bank has failed Bank of England stress tests less resoundingly than Royal Bank of Scotland. Investors believe its assets are worth only 10 per cent less than their book value, judging from the share price. Although Barclays’s legal team have […]

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Renminbi trading band strengthened to start week

Posted on November 28, 2016

The People’s Bank of China started the week by setting the renminbi’s trading band against the dollar stronger – the first such start since October.

China’s central bank set he midpoint for the 4 per cent trading band at Rmb6.9042, 0.18 per cent weaker from Friday’s level. That is also the first Monday strengthening since October 31.

The PBoC has weakened the fix, which ostensibly takes input from market movements, by a cumulative 3.04 per cent against the greenback since onshore trading resumed on October 10 following the long Golden Week holiday.

Much of that weakening has tracked with a strengthening dollar, and today the dollar index, which measures the US currency against a basket of international peers, was weaker by 0.3 per cent.