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Friday, October 20

20th Oct - Again a bit higher volatility

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Madrid Doubles Down as Catalans Prepare to Declare New StateBB
Rajoy’s officials finalizing plans to take control of region * Separatists consider declaration of independence this month

High noon for the ECB, Draghi at the QE CorralReuters

U.S. Senate Adopts Budget, Giving Momentum to Trump's Tax-Cut PlansBB
Plan would allow quick passage in House after Senate approval * Pact includes compromises on defense spending, entitlements

Tax Plan Takes a Big Step Forward, But What Comes Next Won’t Be EasyBB
Array of amendment votes reveals challenges ahead for Congress * Deficit and middle-class concerns top list of thorny issues

How the Fed Chair Candidates Could Mess With the MarketWSJ
The bond market isn’t likely to treat all Federal Reserve chair candidates equally

The Only Fed Rule Is That There Are No Fed Rules BB
Monetary policy is too much of a political balancing act to burden it with a strict template

BOJ's next challenge: unwinding Kuroda's legacy stimulusReuters

President Xi reveals grand plans for ChinaPictet

Trading Firms Fear Mutiny on MiFID Rule Demanding Passport DataBB
MiFID II forces investors to submit personal data in trades * Data demand risks clash between exchanges, funds, regulators

FirstFT Daily BriefingFT
Brexit hot water, wooing Amazon, the meaning of the F-word

U.S. Budget Plan Lifts Dollar, EU Leaders Rebuff May

“Best of the web” daily chartsLukas Daalder

Danske DailyDanske Bank

Sterling remains under pressure; election weekend coming up * Elections in Japan and Czech Republic during the weekend * Weak scandi currencies * Catalonia to make renewed impact in EUR markets?

Morning MarketsTF
The US dollar climbed higher after a difficult Thursday session on the back of news that the US Senate had moved to protect its $1.5 billion tax cut package from interference by Democrats. US and then Asian shares traded broadly higher as well after recovering from a sudden bout of risk-off Thursday.

Daily Market Comment Marc Chandler
Tax Prospects Lift Rates and Dollar Ahead of Weekend

Brussels PlaybookPolitico
Brexit breakfast — Spain to seize Catalan control — Germany’s new digital divide

Five Things You Need to Know to Start Your DayBB
Powell or Taylor? * Tax plan boost * Elections in Japan , Czech, Slovenia * Markets rise * Merkel to the rescue

Stocks Hit New Record Highs, Dollar Jumps On Senate Vote; Japan Has Longest Winning Streak In History


Inflaatio kurittaa brittikuluttajaa * Viikonlopun aikana vaalit Japanissa ja TÅ¡ekin tasavallassa * Emme usko Riksbankin koronnostoon * Punta heikkeni kautta linjan