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Fed brings out big guns, investors fear the worst

A massive rollout of easing measures by the Federal Reserve served to deepen some investors' anxiety over how effectively policymakers will be able to mitigate the economic damage from a spreading coronavirus pandemic.

UPDATE 1-S.Korea reports 74 new coronavirus infections

South Korea reported 74 new coronavirus infections on Monday, slightly lower than the previous day, health officials said, taking the tally of cases to 8,236, with 75 deaths.

Australia mulls second stimulus package to tackle coronavirus, sources say

Australia is considering a second round of economic stimulus, three sources familiar with the deliberations told Reuters, as Canberra accelerated efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus that has now killed five people in the country.

UPDATE 2-Australia to announce policy measures this week to combat coronavirus hit

Australia's central bank pumped extra liquidity into a strained financial system on Monday and said it would announce more policy steps later in the week as it joined global efforts to counter the damaging impact of the coronovirus epidemic.

Stocks reel as Fed leads global rescue effort for markets

Stock markets and the dollar were roiled on Monday after the Federal Reserve slashed interest rates in an emergency move and its major peers offered cheap U.S. dollars to break a logjam in global lending markets.

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New Zealand central bank slashes rates at emergency meeting as coronavirus worsens

New Zealand's central bank slashed interest rates by 75 basis points to a record low on Monday following an emergency meeting , sinking the country's currency, as it prepared for a "significant" hit to the economy from the coronavirus.

Boaz Weinstein's Saba scored record profits on market plunge: letter

Boaz Weinstein's main Saba Capital Management LP hedge fund reported a 33% gain in March through Friday amid coronavirus-led market turmoil, bringing its year to date gain to 67%, according to a note sent to clients seen by Reuters.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks plunge, dollar slides as Fed's emergency cut spooks investors

Stocks were slammed on Monday and the dollar battered after emergency rate cuts in the United States and New Zealand, and a raft of steps by policymakers worldwide failed to stem the rout in markets spooked by the broadening fallout of the coronavirus.

What do the Fed's latest moves mean for U.S. consumers?

The U.S. Federal Reserve unleashed new emergency measures on Sunday night to limit the economic harm from the coronavirus, including making it easier for banks to get money and slashing its benchmark borrowing rate to near zero.

Brazil economy can still grow up to 2.5% this year despite global crisis - Guedes

Brazil's economy can still grow by as much as 2.5% this year, Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said in an interview published on Sunday, as long as the country does not succumb to a "psychology of failure" amid the global coronavirus crisis.

Hong Kong's central bank cuts base rate to 0.86% after Fed move

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) lowered its base rate charged through the overnight discount window to 0.86% on Monday, after the U.S. Federal Reserve delivered a rate cut.

EU plans to agree coordinated economic coronavirus response on Monday

European Union finance ministers plan to agree on Monday on a coordinated economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, with the European Commission forecasting the effects of the virus could push the EU into a recession.

S.Korea to take market stabilising measures, supply liquidity if needed amid virus woes

South Korea's finance ministry on Monday pledged to take swift and stern stabilisation measures to prevent herd-like behaviour in currency market, and to supply liquidity if needed as the economy comes under pressure due to the coronavirus outbreak.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks plunge as Fed's emergency rate cut fails to calm panic

Stock markets and the dollar fell heavily on Monday, after emergency rate cuts in the United States and New Zealand failed to allay fears about the coronavirus' economic shock.

UPDATE 1-Australia's central bank pumps extra liquidity into banking system

Australia's central bank pumped extra liquidity into the banking system on Monday, part of a package of measures aimed at ensuring business and households have access to credit as the coronavirus causes chaos in global financial markets.

Australia's central bank injects $3.6 bln liquidity into banking system

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) injected extra cash into the financial system on Monday as panic selling across global markets driven by the coronavirus threatened to drain liquidity and push up borrowing costs.

Australia's RBA to provide banking system with extra cash

Australia's central bank will provide the banking system with extra liquidity through its market operations to help offset a dislocation in global financial markets, part of a package of liquidity steps by regulators.

GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. stock futures plunge despite Fed's emergency rate cut

U.S. stock futures fell to their offshore trading limit within half an hour from opening on Monday even as the U.S. Federal Reserve led the world's central banks in taking bold easing steps to cushion the impact of the coronavirus on economies.

UPDATE 1-Belgian government given emergency powers to tackle virus

Belgium's caretaker government received emergency powers to tackle the coronavirus crisis on Sunday after opposition parties gave it their backing after months of stalled talks in the linguistically and politically divided country.