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RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe to Replace Glenn Stevens – Bloomberg

Philip Lowe will replace Glenn Stevens as governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia for a seven-year term on Sept 18, Treasurer Scott Morrison said in a statement.


Tom Hayes Taps Crowdfunding to Raise $218,000 for Appeal – Bloomberg

Tom Hayes, the former UBS Group AG trader serving 11 years in prison for rigging Libor, has turned to crowdfunding to raise 150,000 pounds ($218,000) for an appeal.

ECB Issues Gloomy Inflation Outlook – fastFT (subscription)

Inflation will not be returning towards target in the eurozone any time soon.

John Kasich, Last Republican Trump Rival, Quits Race – BBC

Ohio Governor John Kasich has dropped out of the presidential race after struggling to gain traction against Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Triumphant Trump Vows to Unite Republicans – FT (subscriptiuon)

Donald Trump vowed to unite the Republican party after his landslide victory in Indiana set the property mogul up to be its nominee and cleared the way for an intense fight against Hillary Clinton for the White House.


German Report: Bailout Has Saved Banks, not Greece – Kathimerini

Some 95% of the 220 billion euros disbursed to Greece since the start of the financial crisis as loans from the bailout mechanism has been directed toward saving the European banks.

Even ‘Small Crisis’ Enough to Tear EU Apart, Moody’s Warns – The Daily Telegraph

Fresh turmoil in the European Union risks triggering the disintegration of the entire bloc, according to Moody’s.

First-of-Kind Robo-Backed Fund Debuts in Korea – Ignites Asia (subscription)

Seoul-based Kiwoom Asset Management (Kiwoom AM) has launched what is believed to be the first mutual fund in Asia that is subadvised by a robo advisor, raising the question of whether or not technology is posing a growing threat to traditional actively managed products.

Nomura, Daiwa First to List BOJ-Friendly ETFs in Tokyo – Ignites Asia (subscription)

Nomura Asset Management (Nomura AM) and Daiwa Asset Management (Daiwa AM) will become the first fund houses to take advantage of the Bank of Japan (BOJ)’s new exchange-traded fund (ETF) purchase plan later this month when they list on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) two ETFs designed specially to meet the central bank’s demands.

Regulatory News

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Company News

Rolls-Royce Shares Slide with Group ‘Close to Breakeven’ – fastFT (subscription)

Rolls-Royce said trading has been line with expectations and reiterated its outlook today, but even so, the shares have dropped 3.7 per cent this morning as it warned “2016 continues to be a challenging year overall”.

JPMorgan Securities on Hong Kong ‘Name and Shame’ List – FT (subscription)

JPMorgan Securities has found itself on a “name and shame” list in Hong Kong after the stock exchange turned down an application for an initial public offering for which the US bank was acting as a sponsor.

Market Savvy

China’s Great Commodity Bubble Loses Air Before It Can Burst – Bloomberg

The fever that’s gripped Chinese commodity markets is easing.

Oil Jumps on Canadian Wildfire, Libyan Fighting – Reuters

Oil prices jumped on Thursday as a huge wildfire in Canada disrupted oil sands production, while escalating fighting in Libya threatened the North African nation’s output.

On Bull-Market Brink, Citi Sees Commodity Gains as Goldman Jeers – Bloomberg

Commodity bulls, it might finally be time to exhale. There’s a growing chorus of voices and a surge of investor money signaling the worst of the commodity slump is over.

UK Services Growth Weakest ‘in Over 3 years’ – fastFT (subscription)

Growth in Britain’s dominant services industry slowed significantly in April, according to a closely-watched indicator of performance, raising fresh concerns that the forthcoming EU membership referendum is putting the brakes on economic expansion.

China April Services Sector Expansion Slows, Employment Rebounds: Caixin PMI – Reuters

Activity in China’s service sector expanded again in April, though the gains were slightly less robust than in March, a private survey showed on Thursday, as firms resumed adding staff after a rare decline the previous month.

Yuan’s Losing Streak Signals PBOC Break With Stronger Dollar – Bloomberg

The yuan fell for a third day against the dollar on signs authorities prefer a weaker currency to stability versus the greenback.

Stanley Druckenmiller Cites Similarities to 2008 Crisis – WSJ (subscription)

Billionaire trader Stanley Druckenmiller on Wednesday warned that this moment reminds him of the period before the 2008 financial crisis.