Tag Archives: Economy

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 9.3.2020 | Top Story: CBO Projects U.S. Nat’l Debt Will Nearly Eclipse GDP for First Time Since WWII

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 3, 2020

New figures from the Congressional Budget Office predict that U.S. government debt will, thanks to the pandemic recession, just about eclipse the size of the nation’s GDP—a level not reached since just after World War II – CBO and WSJ and MarketWatch and NYTimes Still, fiscal hawks be damned, the Dow again topped 29,000 and … 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 7.31.2020 | Top Story: Amazon a Juggernaut?

BY: Juvian Hernandez | July 31, 2020

Amazon a juggernaut? Quarterly sales and profit prove how indispensable tech giants have become to our society. In the midst of a pandemic, Big Tech mostly shows gains. – WSJ Market Snapshot: S&P 500 Index increased 0.3% as of 8:23 a.m. London time; Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index declined 0.3%; 10-year Treasuries fell one basis point to … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.30.2020 | Top Story: Fed Recommits to Covid Relief Efforts as US GDP Craters

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 30, 2020

As expected, the Fed left rates unchanged at near zero as the Open Market Committee broke on Wednesday but managed to buoy stocks by pledging to “keep supporting the United States economy as the pandemic continues to depress economic growth and sideline millions of workers” – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Marketplace … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.14.2020 | Top Story: US Deficit Hits New Monthly High in June on Covid Relief Spending

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 14, 2020

The Treasury Department announced on Monday that the U.S. budget deficit hit a new record in June–$864 billion—“as the federal government continued pumping money into the economy to prop up workers and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic” – NYTimes and MarketWatch That outlay won’t be shrinking any time soon, either, especially now that a … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.17.2020 | Top Story: Consumer Spending Surged 17.7% in May, but Economists Warn of Yearslong Recovery Ahead

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 17, 2020

May saw a huge jump in consumer activity to the tune of +17.7%, as Americans unleashed their pent-up demand. It was welcome news for markets and beyond, but “the underlying data presents a more complicated picture and shows just how arduous an economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic will be” – NYTimes and WSJ and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.9.2020 | Top Story: NBER Declares US Entered Recession in February

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 9, 2020

No one—truly, not even the most casual economic observer—should be shocked by yesterday’s official declaration from the National Bureau of Economic Research that the U.S. is in a recession that officially began in February. But we’ll all dutifully report that designation anyway, along with the fact that the “longest expansion on record” [records, mind you, … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.2.2020 | Top Story: CBO Projects Decade of Recovery and GDP-Contraction From Pandemic-Induced Econ Harm

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 2, 2020

New estimates from the Congressional Budget Office suggest that the “U.S. economy could take the better part of a decade to fully recover from the coronavirus pandemic and related shutdown” and see as much as a 3% contraction in GDP over that period – WSJ and NYTimes and MarketWatch Zuck and Co. are facing a … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 5.26.2020 | Top Story: Covid-19 Drives Already-Troubled Hertz to Bankruptcy

BY: Michael D. Reif | May 26, 2020

Unable to reach a last-minute deal with investors, rental car mainstay Hertz filed for bankruptcy late Friday night, doing so “without a clear plan with creditors in place—a rare move for a company of its size.” Though, like the other big-name bankruptcies in recent weeks, the pandemic pushed the company over the edge, Hertz has … Continue reading