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Bankers bet billions on new wave of debt-for-nature deals

More countries are linking debt costs to conservation goals Seychelles, Belize, Barbados among those to strike deals Ecuador swap could be the biggest yet at $800 million Cape Verde, Sri Lanka and others are also exploring deals SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The Galapagos Islands, whose thousands of unique species inspired Darwin’s theory …

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New PM Rishi Sunak pledges to lead Britain out of economic crisis

Sunak meets King Charles on Tuesday morning Vows to rebuild trust in the country Expected to start forming a cabinet Sunak faces a huge challenge to rebuild stability LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Rishi Sunak became Britain’s third prime minister in two months on Tuesday and pledged to lead the country out of a profound …

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Boris Johnson, Rishi Sunak lead race to be UK’s next prime minister

No candidates have yet declared their intention to run Doubts Johnson can reach the target of 100 lawmaker nominations Sunak is the bookmakers’ favorite The winner would be the fifth British PM in six years LONDON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Boris Johnson and his former finance minister Rishi Sunak were leading the potential contenders to …

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UK finance minister Hunt vows to win back financial market trust

PM Truss remains under intense political pressure Government must account for every penny, says new finmin Promises to make “difficult decisions” on spending, tax LONDON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – New finance minister Jeremy Hunt promised to win back Britain’s economic credibility by fully accounting for the government’s tax and spending plans, while insisting his boss …

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As UK’s Truss fights for her job, the new finance minister warns of tough decisions

PM Truss sacked finance minister on Friday New chancellor Hunt warns of tough decisions Ruling Conservatives have slumped in polls Some Conservative lawmakers say Truss will be ousted LONDON, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Britain’s new finance minister Jeremy Hunt said on Saturday some taxes would go up and tough spending decisions were needed, signaling further …

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British pension funds step up fire sales as needed for cash soars

LONDON, Oct 11 (Reuters) – UK pension schemes are racing to raise hundreds of billions of pounds to shore up derivatives positions before the Bank of England calls time on support aimed at keeping them afloat. The Bank of England plans to stop buying bonds on Oct. 14, leaving pension schemes scrambling to meet a …

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UK’s Truss sticks to policy plan as she breaks silence after market rout

Truss says he will not change course on UK policy Bond markets calmer after BoE intervention Investors warn of loss of faith in government LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Liz Truss said she would stick to her controversial plan to reignite economic growth as she broke her silence on Thursday following nearly …

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