Barclays hit by $361 million U.S. penalty for ‘staggering’ blunder

Sept 30 (Reuters) – British lender Barclays (BARC.L) agreed a $361 million penalty with U.S. regulators on Thursday for “staggering” failures that led it to oversell $17.7 billion of structured products, racking up further costs for an error that has blighted CEO C.S. Venkatakrishnan’s first year in charge. The bank said after London market close … Read more

Biden administration changes student loan guidance, as Republican-led states file lawsuit

WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – The Biden administration changed its guidance on who qualifies for federal student loan forgiveness on Thursday, as seven Republican-led states filed a challenge to its student debt cancellation program. President Joe Biden said in August that the U.S. government will forgive $10,000 in student loans for millions of debt-saddled former … Read more

Exclusive: Brands blast Twitter for ads next to child pornography accounts

Sept 28 (Reuters) – Some major advertisers including Dyson, Mazda, Forbes and PBS Kids have suspended their marketing campaigns or removed their ads from parts of Twitter because their promotions appeared alongside tweets soliciting child pornography, the companies told Reuters. DIRECTV and Thoughtworks also told Reuters late on Wednesday they have paused their advertising on … Read more

Sterling, euro rally against dollar after BoE buys UK bonds

NEW YORK/LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – After tumbling earlier, sterling rallied against the dollar on Wednesday following the Bank of England’s (BOE) purchase of UK government bonds, letting some air out of the greenback’s progress broadly after it had touched a fresh 20-year high. The BoE said it received 2.587 billion pounds’ ($2.78 billion) worth … Read more

Oil prices jump after U.S. crude, fuel stocks drop, dollar weakens

NEW YORK, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Oil prices rose on Wednesday for a second day, rebounding from recent losses as the U.S. dollar eased off recent gains and U.S. fuel inventory figures showed larger-than-expected drawdowns and a rebound in consumer demand. Brent crude futures settled up $3.05, or 3.5%, at $89.32 per barrel. U.S. West … Read more

Bank of England moves to calm bond market rout after tax cut storm

BoE starts buying bonds, delays gilt sales IMF does ‘not recommend’ policies like UK growth plan Fin min Kwarteng and PM Truss under fire for policy Pound trading down 0.7% to $1.065 Kwarteng meets banking bosses again LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – The Bank of England sought to quell the fire-storm in Britain’s bond markets, … Read more

UK lenders pull mortgages at record rate as market chaos worsens

LONDON, Sept 28 (Reuters) – A record 935 mortgage products were pulled in Britain overnight, financial services provider Moneyfacts said on Wednesday, as deepening turmoil in financial markets pushed more lenders to temporarily withdraw products for new customers. The volatility comes after the new UK government announced huge tax cuts funded by borrowing, leading to … Read more

Cryptoverse: Bitcoin miners get stuck in a bear pit

A bitcoin representation is seen in an illustration picture taken at La Maison du Bitcoin in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Sept 27 (Reuters) – Spare a thought for the beleaguered bitcoin miner. In late 2021, miners were the toast of the town with … Read more

Analysis: Crowd of dollar bulls raises risk of violent pullback

A teller counts U.S. dollars at a money changer in Jakarta, Indonesia May 18, 2015. REUTERS/Nyimas Laula/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Some investors are growing concerned the dollar’s meteoric rise is setting the stage for a rapid reversal, which would bruise those who … Read more

Australia flags privacy overhaul after huge cyber attack on Optus

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks at the Sydney Energy Forum in Sydney, Australia July 12, 2022. Brook Mitchell/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register SYDNEY, Sept 26 (Reuters) – Australia plans to toughen privacy rules to force companies to notify banks faster when they experience cyber attacks, Prime … Read more