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2 mins ago

Britain goes easy on its banks.

  Lenders knew they’d have to start keeping a greater percentage of their capital in the vault, but the 4.05% minimum leverage ratio that the Bank of England will be requiring as of 2019 is well below the 7.5% ratio some were expecting. Barclays and Lloyds shares rose on the news.
October 31, 2014

The Bank of Japan moves to save Abenomics.

  The central bank will expand its bond purchases to 80 trillion yen a year ($726 billion), from 60-70 trillion currently, in a surprise attempt to kickstart the sluggish economy. By a 5-4 split decision, the bank’s board of governors said the move was necessary to reverse “a deflationary mindset,” (paywall) especially after a sales tax increase earlier this year crimped consumer prices. The Nikkei 225 surged nearly 3% on the news.
8 hours ago

Sony losses aren’t as bad as expected.

  The struggling Japanese technology company reported an operating loss of 85.6 billion yen ($780 million) in its fiscal second quarter, about half the expected loss. Sales of its PlayStation 4 console helped the company—it sold 3.3 million in the quarter, outpacing Xbox sales.  
October 30, 2014
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The US economy keeps on truckin’.

October 30, 2014

Russia signs a gas deal with Ukraine.

  Russia will supply Ukraine with 4 billion cubic meters of gas until March next year, at a cost of $4.6 billion, some of which is for previous gas deliveries. Ukraine must pay the sum up front but the EU, which also signed the agreement, will provide “unprecedented levels” of aid to help cover the cost.
5 hours ago

Halloween costumes are banned on the Beijing subway.

  Authorities say they could cause “panic” or “stampedes” (paywall).

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