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22/01 The European Central Bank meets on Thursday against a backdrop of heightened speculation over when it will end its vast stimulus and signal a rise in interest rates from record lows. Full story
17/01 Bitcoin had lost a quarter of its value in early Asian trading on Wednesday as fears grew of a regulatory crackdown after reports that South Korea's finance minister said banning trading in cryptocurrencies was still an option. Full story
13/01 Indonesia's central bank has issued a fresh warning about trading in cryptocurrencies like bitcoin because of the risk of losses to the public and even a potential threat to the stability of the financial system. Full story
11/01 Bitcoin skidded on Thursday, after South Korea's justice minister said a bill to ban cryptocurrency trade was being prepared. Full story
05/01 Investors are gaining confidence - up to a point - that 2018 will be the year of oil stocks. Full story
27/12/2017 South African financial markets opened at 0900 GMT on Wednesday after the resumption of trading was delayed due to technical issues, exchange operator JSE Ltd. said. Full story
21/12/2017 A 40 percent surge in world tech stocks, a jump of almost a third in emerging markets and double-digit percentage gains for top commodities have given many investors their best year since the post-Lehman bounce of 2009. Full story
19/12/2017 Two-thirds of investors believe U.S. tax cuts will boost equity markets, which are already increasingly seen as over-valued, a monthly survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch showed on Tuesday. Full story
18/12/2017 China's main Shanghai stock market ended slightly firmer on Monday, recovering from earlier losses, while its main blue-chip Shanghai Shenzhen CSI 300 index also closed up on the day. ** The market was earlier weighed down by concerns over tight year-end liquidity after the central bank lifted inter Full story
15/12/2017 The surging price of cryptocurrencies in global markets is catching the eye not just of ordinary retail investors but a cybercrime gang with links to the North Korean government, according to cyber researchers tracing the group's activities. Full story
13/12/2017 As bitcoin raced to another record high on Tuesday, one of the biggest providers of digital currency wallets, Coinbase, went down under the weight of traffic, leaving many of its more than 10 million customers unable to access their funds. Full story
13/12/2017 A decade-long, post-financial crisis deterioration in governments' credit ratings looks set to end in 2018, S&P Global said on Wednesday. Full story
12/12/2017 Virtual currency bitcoin hit another all-time peak on Tuesday, two days after the launch of the first ever bitcoin futures on a U.S. exchange and ahead of the start of another futures contract next week, as investors grew optimistic that the $20,000-mark is within reach. Full story
11/12/2017 The European Union needs to consider regulating bitcoin, European Central Bank ratesetter Ewald Nowotny said on Monday, citing the risk of money laundering. Full story
07/12/2017 Bitcoin rocketed to a lifetime high just shy of $16,000 on Thursday after climbing some 60 percent in just over a week, intensifying the debate about whether the cryptocurrency is in a bubble about to burst. Full story
04/12/2017 Britain wants to increase regulation of Bitcoin and other digital currencies by expanding the reach of European Union anti-money-laundering rules that force traders to disclose their identities and report suspicious activity. Full story
29/11/2017 Virtual currency bitcoin rose to an all-time high above $10,000 on trading platform BitStamp on Wednesday. Full story
19/01 The relentless rise in global stocks should extend in the short-term as investors pump record amounts of cash into equities after a "super-frothy" start to 2018, strategists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Friday. Full story
16/01 Investors have raised their stock allocations to two-year highs and cut cash positions to five-year lows, with a majority expecting the equity bull run to continue into 2019, a survey by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) showed on Tuesday. Full story
11/01 Europe's financial markets watchdog accused top credit rating agencies like S&P Global <SPGI.N >, Moody's and Fitch on Thursday of not providing enough clarity on the fees they charge. Full story
10/01 Chinese bitcoin mining giant Bitmain Technologies is expanding to Switzerland in a move that will be key to widening its reach, the group told a Swiss newspaper. Full story
05/01 The rand is likely to weaken over 12 percent this year, hit by doubts about how much the new leader of the ruling African National Congress, Cyril Ramaphosa, a promised reformer, can do for South Africa's ailing economy. Full story
25/12/2017 Israel's markets regulator will propose regulation to ban companies based on bitcoin and other digital currencies from trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, he said on Monday. Full story
21/12/2017 The online brokerage firm E*Trade Financial Corp will allow customers to trade bitcoin futures from Cboe Global Markets Inc, the company said on its website Wednesday, joining its rivals in opening the door for more mainstream adoption of the cryptocurrency. Full story
19/12/2017 China stocks ended higher on Tuesday, reflecting strength in Asian markets after a record-breaking performance on Wall Street buoyed by expectations of imminent tax reforms. ** At the close, the Shanghai Composite index was up 28.76 points or 0.88 percent at 3,296.68. ** The blue-chip CSI300 index w Full story
17/12/2017 France will propose that the G20 group of major economies discuss regulation of the bitcoin virtual currency next year, Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Sunday. Full story
15/12/2017 A South Korean blockchain association announced on Friday measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies, agreed by 14 exchanges in the country including the world's busiest virtual currency exchange, Bitthumb. Full story
13/12/2017 Germany is carefully monitoring the impact of cryptocurrencies on markets, a finance ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, as bitcoin surged and the futures of the best known cryptocurrency made their world debut on a U.S. stock exchange. Full story
13/12/2017 Japan's army of retail investors, no strangers to high risk bets in the past, have emerged as a major force in bitcoin's spectacular rally, now accounting for an estimated 30-50 percent of trading in the cryptocurrency as it spikes to record highs. Full story
12/12/2017 Israel's markets regulator said on Tuesday bitcoin-based companies would not be included in any indexes on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) but that does not mean they should be banned from trading. Full story
08/12/2017 Bitcoin lost almost a fifth of its value in 10 hours on Friday, having surged more than 40 percent in the preceding 48 hours, sparking fears the market may be heading for a price collapse. In a hectic day on Thursday, bitcoin leapt from below $16,000 to $19,500 in less than an hour on the U.S.-b Full story
06/12/2017 Bitcoin extended its rally on Wednesday, breaking above $13,000 to a record high despite questions about the cryptocurrency's real value and worries about a dangerous bubble. Full story
01/12/2017 The main U.S. derivatives regulator said on Friday it would allow CME Group Inc and CBOE Global Markets Inc to list bitcoin futures contracts, opening the door to added regulation and more mainstream adoption of the cryptocurrency. Full story
28/11/2017 Bitcoin soared to an all-time high above $10,000 on Tuesday in some smaller exchanges and digital currency indexes, but remained just below that milestone in major trading platforms such as Luxembourg-based BitStamp and U.S.-based GDAX. Full story
19/01 India has sent tax notices to tens of thousands of people dealing in cryptocurrency after a nationwide survey showed more than $3.5 billion worth of transactions have been conducted over a 17-month period, the income tax department said. Full story
15/01 South Korea said on Monday that its plans to ban virtual coin exchanges had not yet been finalised as government agencies were still in talks to decide how to regulate the market. Full story
11/01 Sales of 'Panda' bonds in China slumped almost 40 percent last year as Beijing's tighter money transfer rules and rising market borrowing costs reduced their appeal, but there are some signs sales may get a modest bounce in 2018. Full story
05/01 The powerful rally in global stocks and other markets is likely to persist until higher borrowing costs and a stronger dollar force investors to back off, Bank of America Merrill-Lynch's analysts said on Friday. Full story
29/12/2017 Hackers have stolen millions, lawmakers are pushing for new taxes and regulations, and a leading financial official has called them a "Ponzi scheme". Full story
22/12/2017 The passage of a sweeping U.S. tax reform bill investors have been anxiously anticipating for months caused large redemptions in equities and bonds this week as a building consensus in the market suggested any benefits had already been priced in. Full story
20/12/2017 Bitcoin fell more than 10 percent on Wednesday to a one-week low of $15,800 at cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp, losing almost one- fifth of its value from a peak hit just three days ago. Full story
19/12/2017 Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Tuesday that bitcoin has not been proven to be a credible currency and that he would watch its developments in the near-term. Full story
15/12/2017 European Union states and legislators agreed on Friday on stricter rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing on exchange platforms for bitcoin and other virtual currencies, the EU said in a statement. Full story
13/12/2017 Mexico's finance ministry and central bank warned on Wednesday that cryptocurrencies were risky investments and said fundraising programs known as initial coin offerings (ICOs) could potentially violate Mexican financial law. Full story
13/12/2017 India's federal tax authority is investigating bitcoin exchanges to try and find a way to tax transactions, an official said on Wednesday, even as its central bank has warned against dealing in virtual currencies. Full story
13/12/2017 South Korea said on Wednesday it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrency trading as global regulators worried about a bubble, with Australia's central bank chief warning of a 'speculative mania" that has seen the digital asset making rip-roaring gains. Full story
12/12/2017 The Seoul-based operator of the world's busiest virtual currency exchange Bithumb said on Tuesday it will fully comply with potential regulations from the South Korean government and adequately capitalize itself to protect its clients. Full story
08/12/2017 Investors looking for the U.S. Republican tax bill to prompt multinational companies to convert foreign profits into dollars and end the worst slide in the greenback in a decade may have to temper their hopes for a prolonged rebound. Full story
04/12/2017 Bitcoin dipped back under $11,000 on Monday, coming off a record high just shy of $11,800 it hit on Sunday after a surge from less than $1,000 at the start of the year. Full story
29/11/2017 Bitcoin zoomed past $11,000 to hit a record high for the sixth day in a row on Wednesday after gaining more than $1,000 in just 12 hours, stoking concerns that a rapidly swelling bubble could be set to burst in spectacular fashion. Full story
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