23 April 2021
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The European economy is on course for a rebound, but ongoing coronavirus concerns mean it needs continued support from the European Central Bank, ECB President Christine Lagarde says. Talk of withdrawing the ECB's emergency asset purchasing is premature, Lagarde says, and the EU must activate its coronavirus recovery fund as soon as possible.
Full Story: Deutsche Welle (Germany)/Agence France-Presse/The Associated Press/Deutsche Presse-Agentur (22 Apr.),  Reuters (22 Apr.),  Financial Times (subscription required) (22 Apr.) 
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Industry News
Climate change could remove $23 trillion from the global economy by 2050, according to a report from Swiss Re. This risk can be managed with "more policy action on carbon pricing coupled with incentivising nature based and carbon-offsetting solutions", the report states.
Full Story: The Hill (22 Apr.),  The New York Times (22 Apr.) 
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Deutsche Boerse has decided not to delist Coinbase Global because the former has obtained information necessary for the latter's shares to continue trading on Deutsche Boerse's Frankfurt, Germany, stock exchange and Xetra trading system. Coinbase has supplied the correct legal entity identifier in time to avert a delisting, Deutsche Boerse says.
Full Story: Reuters (22 Apr.),  Benzinga (22 Apr.) 
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The UK government has asked more than 30 executives from a range of sectors to form an "investment council" that assists with attracting foreign investors and improving competitiveness, sources say.
Full Story: Financial Times (subscription required) (22 Apr.) 
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The Bank of England and the UK Treasury say former Prime Minister David Cameron approached them several times to lobby for loans for Greensill Capital, which has subsequently collapsed. Both institutions have released emails and texts showing the encounters.
Full Story: Politico (22 Apr.),  BBC (free registration) (22 Apr.) 
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Wells Fargo plans to gradually relocate its Asian hub to Singapore from Hong Kong through layoffs in Hong Kong and hiring in Singapore, sources say.
Full Story: Financial Times (subscription required) (22 Apr.) 
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Regulatory Roundup
Regulators are reviewing the introduction of stock-token trading by cryptocurrency exchange Binance to determine whether it complies with transparency and disclosure rules.
Full Story: Financial Times (subscription required) (21 Apr.),  CoinDesk (UK) (22 Apr.),  The Block (22 Apr.) 
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US President Joe Biden's administration might order financial regulators to consider climate change risk when overseeing firms and to reverse rules adopted by the administration of former President Donald Trump that discourage sustainable investing. The policy shift puts pressure on US regulators to catch up with European counterparts, which have given increased attention to climate risk.
Full Story: Reuters (22 Apr.) 
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