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Thursday Express: Banks told to face Libra challenge; Goldman banker sacked

* Facebook's proposed digital currency, Libra, has actually opened up a new challenge to central banks and regulators to address existing system gaps in payments and inclusion, Bloomberg News reports, citing an interview with Ravi Menon, managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

* The Federal Reserve Bank of New York will increase overnight repurchase operations to at least $120 billion starting Oct. 24 to ensure ample reserve supply and mitigate the risk of money market pressures on policy implementation.

* Former Deutsche Bank traders Matthew Connolly and Gavin Black are set to be sentenced today at a Manhattan court for manipulating the London interbank offered rate years ago, Bloomberg News reports, noting the two could be the last to be punished of 25 people charged for the global financial crime.

* Goldman Sachs sacked Martin Weber, the bank's financing division head in the Middle East and North Africa, over alleged compliance violations, Bloomberg News reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

* Increased competition from real-time payments services, nonbanks and other fintech firms might take away $88 billion, or about 15% of payments revenue, from North American banks by 2025, MarketWatch reports, citing a new study by Accenture.

* GPB Capital Holdings' chief compliance officer Michael Cohn was indicted for allegedly accessing confidential information from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he used to be a securities examiner, and sharing this with his current employer, which is a subject of an SEC probe, The Wall Street Journal reports.

* T. Rowe Price, Capital One Financial, OnDeck, Huntington Bancshares, Visa and SVB Financial Group are expected to disclose their results for the most recent quarter today.

* On the insurance front, Assurant expects to incur about $46 million pretax, or $36 million after-tax, of reportable catastrophe losses for the third quarter mainly from the company's global housing segment and are primarily related to Hurricane Dorian.

* As founding investors, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec and the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan Board invested $500 million in initial capital for the launch of a new insurance platform founded by former Prosperity Life Insurance Group CEO Anurag Chandra.

* Anthem executives downplayed an unfavorable development the insurer recorded in the third quarter as an isolated case in its commercial segment and painted an optimistic picture for 2020.

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