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 … Read more

Hurricane Fiona seen intensifying after slamming Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico/Santo Domingo, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Hurricane Fiona was churning north on Monday evening after bringing torrential rain and powerful winds to the Dominican Republic and triggering a total power outage in neighboring Puerto Rico, where at least two people died The Category 2 hurricane will likely become a Category 3 as … Read more

Europe races to prepare for energy crunch this winter

Spain may shut energy-intensive industries at peak times France prepares to send gas to Germany in October Germany to sign LNG contracts in UAE Berlin still working on Uniper bailout BERLIN/LISBON, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Germany was pressing on Monday to secure liquefied natural gas contracts with Gulf producers and other European states outlined measures … Read more

The EU seeks $140 billion to insulate consumers from the energy crisis

Russia has steadily cut gas supplies to Europe European governments fork out billions to help businesses EU’s von der Leyen says aid so far ‘will not be enough’ BRUSSELS/DUESSELDORF, Sept 14 (Reuters) – The European Union’s executive outlined plans on Wednesday to raise more than $140 billion from energy firms to help shield households and … Read more