Tag Archives: China

Financial Daily Dose 7.27.2020 | Top Story: Goldman Sachs Settles Out of 1MDB Scandal for $3.9 B

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 27, 2020

Aaaand, we’re back. Let’s get to it. Goldman Sachs has reached a deal for $3.9 billion with the Malaysian government to resolve allegations of wrongdoing related to the massive 1MDB scandal. Goldman was the “main banker for the Malaysian fund” and raised “billions of dollars” for it, “much of which was allegedly stolen by people … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.1.2020 | Top Story: Airbus to Cut 15,000 Jobs in Effort to Weather Pandemic-induced Drop in Air Travel

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 1, 2020

French aircraft giant Airbus is cutting 15,000 jobs—the “largest downsizing in the company’s history”—as it prepares for a “lasting decline” in airline demand in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic – NYTimes and WSJ and MarketWatch More on the U.S.’s suddenly hot tech cold war with China, with the FCC on Tuesday designating Chinese telecomm … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.30.2020 | Top Story: Supreme Court Allows President to Fire CFPB Director, Lets Agency Remain

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 30, 2020

By a 5-4 margin, the Supreme Court has ordered the restructuring of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, “ruling the agency’s structure was unconstitutional because its director held too much unchecked power.” The fix, according to the Court, is allowing the President to remove the CFPB’s director “for any reason,” which it deemed sufficient to reject … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.29.2020 | Top Story: Fracking Giant Chesapeake Energy Files for Ch. 11 Protection

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 29, 2020

Fracking pioneer Chesapeake Energy has filed for bankruptcy, “unable to overcome a mountain of debt that became unsustainable after a decade of stubbornly low gas prices.” The company grew wildly in the early 2000s under co-founder and former CEO Aubrey McClendon, but it also amassed $20 billion in debt before McClendon was pushed out in … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.23.2020 | Top Story: White House Suspends Work Visas for Hundreds of Thousands

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 23, 2020

On Monday, the White House announced its plan to extend a “freeze on ‘green cards’ for new immigrants” and to “suspend H-1B, L-1, J and other temporary work visas for skilled workers, managers and au pairs through the end of the year,” ostensibly to “protect 525,000 jobs as part of [its] response to job losses … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.1.2020 | Top Story: Civic Unrest in Wake of Floyd Slaying Complicates Pandemic Reopening Plans

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 1, 2020

Civic unrest in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis is complicating reopening plans for cities and businesses around the country trying to restart after months of coronavirus-related closures – WSJ and Bloomberg Inconceivable? Perhaps. Incredible? Not any more for Nestle, which has lost a branding battle in The Hague with … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.8.2020 | Top Story: U.S. and China to Resume Trade Talks

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 8, 2020

Deep breaths, people. It’s Jobs Report Friday – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Marketplace Still, as weekly unemployment claims show a slowing pace, stocks found enough good news to rally on Thursday, with the Nasdaq up enough to erase all of its 2020 losses. The Dow and S&P500 are still down roughly … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 4.17.2020 | Top Story: Amazon asking customers to buy less

BY: Juvian Hernandez | April 17, 2020

Amazon asking customers to buy less! The pandemic has forced businesses, both winners and losers, to act “in unusual ways” – Bloomberg Stocks rise as discussions for reopening the economy begin; yield on 10-year Treasuries decreased two basis points to 0.60%; oil traded near $18 a barrel – Bloomberg and NYT The US job market continues to suffer with … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 3.23.2020 | Top Story: The Fallout of COVID-19 Continues

BY: Juvian Hernandez | March 23, 2020

The fallout of COVID-19 continues: “S&P 500 futures fell nearly 4%;” the yield on 10-year U.S. Treasury notes fell to 0.788%; Brent crude fell by 4.6%; the stimulus and fiscal relief package hit a roadblock in the Senate; and the US’s COVID-19 infections jumped 10x from just a week ago. – WSJ and Bloomberg and NYTimes For more on oil … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 3.5.2020 | Top Story: HP Rejects Xerox’s Hostile Takeover Bid

BY: Michael D. Reif | March 5, 2020

HP has officially rejected Xerox’s enhanced takeover bid, again calling the offer “too low” and decrying its “disproportionate[] benefit” for Xerox shareholders – WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch A new House of Representatives report reveals that in 2018, a top-ranking CFPB official “privately offered reassurances” to interim Wells Fargo CEO C. Allen Parker that there … Continue reading