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Aviva, Friends Life 5.6 billion pound merger plan makes sense: investors Sunday, November 23, 2014 1:43 pm

A man walks past an AVIVA logo outside the company's head office in the city of LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Aviva's potential 5.6 billion pound ($8.8 billion) purchase of Friends Life reflects a need to consolidate and cut costs in Britain's insurance industry, fund managers said.

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Falling inflation a worry for Europe but also the world Sunday, November 23, 2014 3:30 am

New 10-euro banknotes are pictured during their presentation at the Austrian national bank in ViennaBy Ross Finley LONDON (Reuters) - European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has moved closer to launching sovereign debt purchases and data this week will show just how dangerously low inflation has fallen in the $13 trillion euro zone economy. A sickly Europe has held back global economic growth for years, and now it is contributing significantly to powerful forces already dragging down inflation across the globe. A spectacular drop in crude oil prices over the past month will be the center of discussion when ministers from the world's top oil exporters meets in Vienna on Friday. ...

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Exclusive: China ready to cut rates again on fears of deflation - sources Sunday, November 23, 2014 4:25 am

The headquarters of the People's Bank of China is pictured behind an iron chain in BeijingBy By Kevin Yao BEIJING (Reuters) - China's leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making. Friday's surprise cut in rates, the first in more than two years, reflects a change of course by Beijing and the central bank, which had persisted with modest stimulus measures before finally deciding last week that a bold monetary policy step was required to stabilize the world's second-largest economy. ...

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Countdown to missed opportunity for EU economy Sunday, November 23, 2014 5:00 am

A euro logo sculpture stands in front the headquarters of the European Central Bank in FrankfurtBy Paul Taylor PARIS (Reuters) - The countdown has begun to what threatens to be a missed opportunity to revive Europe's stalled economy. When European Union leaders meet on Dec. 18-19 under new management, they have a chance to launch a joint assault on the economic stagnation and high unemployment that are fuelling disenchantment and anti-EU protest among voters. All the signs are they are set to fall short. The 18-nation euro zone is struggling to pull out of the aftermath of its debt crisis, aggravated by the economic impact of a standoff with Russia over Ukraine. ...

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Intel could rise 30 percent over next two years: Barron's Sunday, November 23, 2014 1:46 pm

Indonesian youth walk past an Intel sign during Digital Imaging expo in Jakarta(Reuters) - Shares in microprocessor maker Intel Corp could rise more than 30 percent to $48 over the next two years, Barron's reported in its Nov. 24 edition.

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