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WireTap 0900 24/01/12

A round-up of the key stories across the specialist financial media, including news that Japan is likely to report its first annual trade deficit in more than 30 years.

End of era for Japan's exports

The Japanese government is expected to announce tomorrow that the country has recorded its first annual trade deficit since 1980, with economists warning that under current conditions this could be repeated in years to come.

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IMF Chief Warns Europe Must Fuel Growth

Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, has warned Europe that, as well as cutting deficits, Europe needs to do more to promote growth and prevent contagion to the world economy.

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Cable outlines plans to curb top pay

UK business secretary Vince Cable has outlined plans to rein in executive pay by boosting shareholder power and demystifying complex pay deals.

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SocGen, Credit Agricole ratings cut at S&P

Societe Generale and Credit Agricole, France’s second and third biggest banks, have both seen their credit rating cut to A from A+, with S&P citing the lessened level of government support following the French sovereign downgrade.

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Securitisation experts warn on planned reforms

Securitisation industry experts are concerned that regulatory reforms for banks could damage liquidity across markets.

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