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Deutsche, JPM Move to Settle Libor Class Action – Profit & Loss

Deutsche Bank and JP Morgan have filed court documents seeking to settle a class action claim brought against them and other market participants over alleged Yen interest rate benchmark manipulation.

Dollar Struggles Near 13-Month Low as US Political Woes Weigh – Reuters

The dollar struggled near a 13-month low against a basket of major currencies as US political woes dampened hopes for quick passage of President Donald Trump’s stimulus and tax reform agendas.

After the Trump Trade, Markets Bet on Inaction – Financial Times (subscription)

The president struggles to legislate, but might manage to hurt trade.

Out of Steam? Euro Stalls Around Recent Highs (for Now) – Financial Times (subscription)

The euro is holding on to its recent gains, but not making any further headway just yet.

Sterling Inches Up After Worst Week Against Euro in Nine Months  – Reuters

Sterling edged up against the euro, recovering from its worst week against the single currency in nine months and its lowest levels this year, as the euro dipped on weak German manufacturing data.

A New Interpretation of The Sterling Flash Crash – Profit & Loss (subscription)

Closer scrutiny of the data associated with the sterling flash crash reveals some surprising results, argues Paul Aston, CEO of Tixall Global Advisors.

Welcoming the New President of ACI UK – Profit & Loss (subscription)

Sue Attwood’s appointment can only be good news for the UK association.

Bitcoin Averts Split as Miners Back New Software Upgrade – Reuters

Digital currency bitcoin averted a split into two currencies after its network supported an upgrade to its software that would enhance its ability to process an increasing number of transactions.

Regulatory News 

Regulators Say They Won’t Enforce ‘Volcker Rule’ for Foreign Banks – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

US regulators told foreign-owned banks they won’t take action against them for holding certain types of investments for the next year during a review of the regulation dubbed the “Volcker rule.”

Seven Years In, Dodd-Frank Still Protects Main Street from Wall Street Risk – The Hill

While seventh anniversaries are not often significant events, it is for the Dodd-Frank law, which is under unrelenting assault and a misinformation campaign.

Wall Street Outlasts Congress on Banker Pay, But Still Loses – Wall Street Journal (subscription)

Trump administration regulators have signaled they want to abandon long-simmering plans to further regulate pay on Wall Street.

Trump’s New Communications Director Has a Long History on Wall Street and a Love-Hate Relationship with the Press – Business Insider

Anthony Scaramucci, who has been appointed to head the White House’s communications operations, has a long history on Wall Street – and has been a big Trump backer and public advocate.

Company News

Downes Exits Commerz – Profit & Loss

Nick Downes has formally left Commerzbank in London where he was global head of electronic distribution.

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley Divide Wall Street – Financial Times (subscription)

Investors have to choose which bank has bet best on future of FICC trading.

Singapore Gains Momentum in Arms Race for Currency Trading Hub Status – Today

The Republic’s embrace of fintech and its growing status as a hub for the trade of South-east Asian currencies are giving it an edge in the arms race to attract internet platforms for trading and wealth management, according to one industry expert.

Market Savvy

Most Asian Currencies Gain as Trump Woes Hit Dollar; Fed Meet in Focus – Reuters

Most Asian currencies edged higher, supported by the dollar’s struggles near a 13- month low against a basket of major rivals as continuing disarray at the White House dampened hopes for quick passage of President Donald Trump’s stimulus and tax reform agendas.

Loonie Poised to Close at Two-Year High as Data Strengthens Case for BoC Rate Path – Financial Times (subscription)

The Canadian dollar strengthened after a rise in core inflation and solid May retail sales figures further strengthened the case for the Bank of Canada to hike rates again this year.

Political Protests Pile Pressure on Polish Zloty – Financial Times (subscription)

Political upheaval in Poland finally started to weigh on the country’s financial markets at the end of last week, and there was no sign of a rebound on Monday after nationwide protests extended over the weekend.