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Fed Chair Yellen unlikely to be reappointed, strategist says

John Hardy, head of FX strategy at Saxo Bank, talks about the future Federal Reserve chief, the U.S. dollar and uncertainty in the British pound.

Catalan politician: ‘We had to declare independence and we did it’

Catalonia's government declared independence because it had a duty to fulfill the vote of Catalans, Alfred Bosch, of pro-independence party Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, said.

Nicole Wong, regional head of Property Research, CLSA (HK), says the Chinese territory of Hong Kong is ready to utilize farm land to significantly boost housing stock, but infrastructure like roads and trains are needed first.

Markets will expect more economic reforms in China, but whether the Beijing government will pursue that path is an open question, says Nicholas Consonery of FTI Consulting.

The lack of feasibility in several policy proposals is one reason for the decline in Party of Hope leader Yuriko Koike's popularity, says Takuji Okubo of Japan Macro Advisors.

While there have been no reports of fires, several incidents involving battery failures have reportedly occurred, says Sam Jaffe of Cairn Energy Research Advisors.

Rolf Schrömgens, CEO, Trivago, says the site's data shows Chinese travelers spending more for hotel rooms and heading to destinations like Turkey and the UAE.

The official PMI tracks larger, industrial companies — which have performed better in recent months — while the Caixin index focuses on smaller enterprises, explains Donna Kwok of UBS.

Sashi Tharoor, member of Parliament, India, says PM Narendra Modi has a poor report card on economic management three years on with policy implementation lagging.

Anabel Gonzalez, senior Director for the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank Group, says skills training could offset the impact on jobs from more automation in manufacturing.

James Tan, CEO, Tokio Marine Life Insurance, Singapore, discusses the features of the company's chat bot that can explain policies and sign up advisors as well.

OPEC compliance at 'almost 100 percent': Russia energy minister

OPEC has reached an "almost 100 percent" compliance level for the first time in its history, says Alexander Novak, energy minister of Russia.

India remains a bleak market for many reasons, including the government's inability to get things done, says Sat Duhra of Janus Henderson Investors.

Michael Robinson, chief technology strategist, MoneyMorning.com, says Google has come up with a "boutique" product in its new phone offerings aimed at integration of its software services.

Wells Fargo's brand history could help win back customers' trust following the bank's big scandal, says John Maxfield of the Motley Fool.

Japan's consumers at their happiest since 1964, analyst says

Jim McCafferty of Nomura Securities discusses the possible factors behind the apparent pickup in consumer confidence in Japan.

Chunshek Chan, global head of M&A Research, Dealogic, said excluding the Syngenta deal in 2016 - Chinese companies are on a similar pace or even better for outbound deals in 2017.

"This is really just the beginning," Elon Musk told a crowd in South Australia to commemorate the construction of the world's largest lithium ion battery plant.

UK PM Theresa May says good progress has been made on citizens’ rights

"Very good progress has been made” in regard to Brexit talks surrounding citizens’ rights, British Prime Minister Theresa May said.

CMA ‘ready to accommodate’ Saudi Aramco IPO, chairman says

There are little to no gaps in Saudi Arabia's securities regulation that would complicate a Saudi Aramco IPO, Mohammed El-Kuwaiz, chairman of the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia, said.

Saudi market can become one of world’s biggest, CMA chairman says

Saudi Arabia, once open to mainly local investors, is now opening up to foreign traders, Mohammed El-Kuwaiz, chairman of the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia, said.

Rapid advancement of practical A.I., All Turtles founder says

It is easier to be negative about the downsides and risks to artificial intelligence but it takes imagination to see the upsides, Phil Libin, founder of All Turtles, said.

Asia Pacific is still the world's largest HNWI market

Investment performance by wealth managers for high net worth individuals (HNWI) in Asia Pacific was above global benchmarks, says David Wilson of Capgemini Global Financial Services.

Andrew Freris, CEO, Ecognosis Advisory, says competition and economic reform do more to boost economic growth than fiscal stimulus or tax cuts.

Francis Tang, CFO, ZhongAn Insurance, says the fintech's listing in Hong Kong makes sense because it pulls in international investors.

Tara Joseph, president, AmCham Hong Kong, says the non-political organization is watching trade policy shifts in Asia for the impact on its members.

It would not take a lot in stimulus to give the dollar a boost, but some might have gotten ahead of themselves when it comes to weighing the legislation needed for tax reform to be seen, says Todd Elmer of Citi.

Wilbur Ross: China 'quite serious' about living up to N.Korea commitments

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says it was a big deal for the People's Bank of China to tell Chinese commercial banks to implement UN sanctions against the North.

Wilbur Ross: I don't think there's chaos in the White House

It's only normal for there to be some friction with hundreds of people with high testosterone joining the new administration, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross speaks about new tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber from the White House in Washington, April 25, 2017.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says there's no deal on any specific item over North American Free Trade Agreement until you "have a deal on everything."

Wilbur Ross: Isolated US is a fiction invented by the media

The U.S. rejected the Trans-Pacific Partnership as it was not an advantageous deal, but it isn't forsaking the rest of the world, says U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.