Economy

Economy
Friday, September 5th 2014 - 07:47 UTC

Argentine Senate approves bill changing debt payment jurisdiction; next step Lower House

“Sometimes there are court decisions that cannot be followed,” said Miguel Angel Pichetto, head of the government's coalition in the Senate.

Argentina's Senate on Thursday passed a bill aimed at circumventing U.S. court decisions regarding its defaulted debt by changing payment jurisdiction, sending the proposal to the lower house Chamber of Deputies for final approval. The chamber, like the Senate, is controlled by government allies who are expected to vote the bill into law.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 07:33 UTC

NML Capital subpoenaed 18 banks in search of embezzled Argentine funds

Lead attorney for NML, Robert Cohen of Dechert, said  that the list of banks all have at least a presence in the United States

NML Capital Ltd, a creditor suing Argentina in the U.S. courts for full payment on defaulted debt, subpoenaed 18 banks last week in an effort to track down 65 million dollars in what it says is embezzled Argentine money laundered through the United States.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 03:28 UTC

Falklands' GDP 'volatile' because of fisheries and oil and gas exploration

Oil industry activities input to the Falklands economy in 2012 meant the per capita GDP soared to £77.4 thousand for 2012.

Recently released data shows that the Falkland Islands Gross Domestic Product (GDP) continues to be volatile: expanding considerably during some years and shrinking in others. For example, 2012, a year of intense hydrocarbons activity the per capita for a population of 2.562, in the books soared to £77.400.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 02:19 UTC

Bank of England leaves interest rate on hold at 0.5%; eyes set on minutes to be released 09/17

Bank governor Mark Carney has made clear that any rate rises would be small and gradual.

The Bank of England has held UK interest rates at a record low of 0.5% for another month. The size of the Bank's economic stimulus program - quantitative easing - was also unchanged at £375bn.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 02:17 UTC

ECB cuts rates to record low and negative for overnight deposits; Euro/dollar slumps below 1.3

“The newly decided measures...will have a sizable impact on our balance sheet,” anticipated ECB President Mario Draghi

The European Central Bank cut interest rates to new record lows on Thursday, unexpectedly lowering borrowing costs to try to lift inflation from rock-bottom levels (deflation) and support the stagnating euro zone economy. The ECB cut its main refinancing rate to 0.05% from 0.15%.

Friday, September 5th 2014 - 02:14 UTC

Brazil leaves basic interest rate unchanged at 11%, given 'inflation prospects'

“Assessing the evolution of macroeconomic scenario and the inflation prospects”, Copom unanimously decided to maintain the Selic rate at 11%

With Brazil battling recession and inflation a month away from the presidential election, the Central bank kept its key interest rate on hold at 11%. Traders and analysts had forecast no change and the central bank's monetary policy commission (Copom) duly decided to leave all quiet following its monthly two-day meeting.

Thursday, September 4th 2014 - 05:37 UTC

One trillion dollars per year plus lives is the cost of corruption in poor countries

Corrupt activities include the use of phantom firms and money laundering. The One report blames corruption for 3.6 million deaths every year.

An estimated one trillion dollars a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives are lost because of corruption, according to campaigners. A report by the anti-poverty organization One says much of the progress made over the past two decades in tackling extreme poverty has been put at risk by corruption and crime.

Thursday, September 4th 2014 - 05:20 UTC

Argentina's dispute with holdouts “will not affect” Chinese investments, says Beijing

The Argentine delegation with their counterparts signing the documents to fund the nuclear power plant Atucha III

The current legal dispute between Argentina and holdouts (“vulture funds”) suing the country over its defaulted bonds “will not affect” planned Chinese investments, since Argentina and China have a 'strategic association', the head of the National Commission of Development and Reform (CNDR) of China Xu Shaoshi, warned on Wednesday.

Thursday, September 4th 2014 - 05:06 UTC

Argentina milks more US dollars from commercial banks

The new central bank rule states that from September the net foreign currency position of local banks cannot exceed than 20% of the bank's worth, down from the previous ceiling of 30%.  The announceme

Argentina's central bank said on Wednesday it had reduced the amount of dollars commercial banks could hold, a move that should push more greenbacks into the spot market and may give a mild boost to flagging reserves and the local Peso.

Thursday, September 4th 2014 - 05:00 UTC

Argentina looks to Uruguay to issue sovereign bonds and pay creditors

Uruguay is a trustworthy market for US institutional funds, said Pignanelli

A former chairman of Argentina's central bank board, Aldo Pignanelli considered neighboring Uruguay could be a “trustworthy” option for Argentina to issue sovereign bonds and pay creditors. Uruguay has an outstanding international reputations regarding abiding by contracts and ensuring legal security, added the Argentine banker.

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