The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady on Friday and upgraded its assessment of private consumption for the first time in six months, signalling its confidence in an export-driven economic recovery that is gaining momentum.
WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) - - U.S. homebuilding fell for a third straight month in May to the lowest level in eight months as construction activity declined broadly, which could raise concerns that the housing market recovery was faltering.
The possibility of the Bank of England raising interest rates to prop up the pound helped steady the currency on Friday at more than 1.5 percent above its low point for the week.
Bitcoin slid to its lowest for the month on Thursday amid a broader sell-off in digital currencies.
BEIJING, June 16 (Reuters) - Net foreign exchange sales by China's commercial banks rose to their highest level in four months, official data showed on Friday, although capital outflows were kept under control by a string of tight regulatory steps.
Switzerland's age of banking secrecy is finally coming to an end. On Friday, Switzerland ratified automatic exchange of financial account information with India, marking another step in addressing the menace of black money stashed abroad.
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