Tag Archives: China

Financial Daily Dose 10.8.2020 | Top Story: Feds fine Citi $400M over “Longstanding” Governance Failures

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 8, 2020

Federal regulators—including the Federal Reserve and the OCC—have fined Citigroup $400 million over “longstanding” failures in the areas of risk management, data governance, and internal controls. In addition to the fine, the OCC will require Citi to seek its approval before making even minor acquisitions of credit-card portfolios or non-bank companies  – Law360 and WSJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.10.2020 | Top Story: EU Regulators Challenge Facebook Data Transfers

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 10, 2020

New concerns from Ireland’s Data Protection Commission about Facebook’s protection of information from American government surveillance may soon force the social networking giant to “overhaul its operations to keep data on Europeans stored within the European Union, an immensely complicated task given the way Facebook moves data among data centers around the world” – NYTimes … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.8.2020 | Top Story: Markets Slide Amidst So-So Jobs Report and Tech Reset

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 8, 2020

Last Friday’s US Jobs Report saw unemployment fall to 8.4%, but the end of federal aid programs and a solid-but-not-gangbusters 1.4 million jobs gained in August leads many to fear a much worse employment picture ahead – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and Marketplace It certainly didn’t do enough to reverse already falling stocks, which … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.2.2020 | Top Story: Treasury Secretary Calls for More Virus-Related Relief As U.S. Economic Recovery Stalls

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 2, 2020

In a House Select Subcommittee meeting on Tuesday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called for more Congressional action to provide coronavirus relief and promised a White House initiative to protect renters from eviction. Most in Congress agree, though no bipartisan path forward has yet emerged  – WSJ and Bloomberg and NYTimes Meanwhile, the Fed’s doing its … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.1.2020 | Top Story: Walmart to Roll Out Shipping Membership to Challenge Amazon’s Prime Dominance

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 1, 2020

Walmart is again preparing to roll out its answer to Amazon Prime: Walmart+, a sub-$100/year membership service that features gas discounts and some free shipping (at qualifying thresholds) – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg Even with the Dow and S&P 500 slipping a bit on Monday, the three major U.S. indices wrapped August with 7+% … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.31.2020 | Top Story: New Chinese Tech Law Threatens U.S. Bids for TikTok

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 31, 2020

Whoever emerges as the victor in the competition for TikTok will have to contend with another complication—this time from China, where on Friday the country “updated its export control rules to cover a variety of technologies it deemed sensitive, including technology that sounded much like TikTok’s personalized recommendation engine.” The change means that TikTok parent … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.27.2020 | Top Story: TikTok CEO Resigns After Just 4 Months on Job

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 27, 2020

Still-new TIkTok CEO Kevin Mayer has stepped down, “just months after taking the helm of the viral short video app.” ByteDance had appointed Mayer in May in an effort “to make the case that TikTok operates as a separate entity from its Beijing-based parent to assuage concerns about national security,” but the White House was … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.25.2020 | Top Story: U.S. and China Resume Trade Talks Over Phase One Status

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 25, 2020

Despite an earlier White House promise to postpone, American and Chinese trade negotiators met via videoconference on Monday to discuss “the status of the trade deal both nations signed in January, a pact that continues to open up some commerce between the world’s largest economies even as the bilateral relationship deteriorates in other areas” – … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.19.2020 | Top Story: S&P 500 Erases Pandemic Losses Despite U.S. Failure to Control Virus

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 19, 2020

Unlike much of the world, the U.S. has not turned the corner on the coronavirus outbreak. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at the markets. On Tuesday, the S&P 500 topped out at its highest level ever, “capping a remarkable rebound fueled by unprecedented government stimulus and optimism among investors about the world’s ability … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.13.2020 | Top Story: Uber and Lyft Warn Gig-Worker Ruling Could Push Them Out of California

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 13, 2020

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft are warning that California’s new moves forcing them to classify their drivers as employees could force them both to shutter their operations altogether in that state (at least while they appeal the adverse ruling). The strategy’s become a tried-and-true approach for Uber at this point – Bloomberg and MarketWatch and … Continue reading