Tag Archives: Fintech

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 8.3.2020 | Top Story: Microsoft in Talks to Acquire ByteDance’s U.S. TikTok Operations

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 3, 2020

Following recent histrionics from the White House, ByteDance, “the Chinese internet giant that owns TikTok, has offered to sell all of the popular video app’s American operations as a way to save the business from being banned” by the administration. Microsoft is one of several notable suitors for the site, though its precise path forward … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.16.2020 | Top Story: Crypto Scheme Hacks Big-name Twitter Users

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 16, 2020

A Twitter-based crypto scam managed to hack some high-profile accounts yesterday. VERY high profile – MarketWatch and NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and Law360 In a surprise ruling, the European Court of Justice—the EU’s top court—has struck down the popular Privacy Shield tool, which more than 5000 companies use “to transfer data from the EU … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.11.2020 | Top Story: Europe to Charge Amazon with Antitrust Violations Over Treatment of Third-Party Sellers

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 11, 2020

The European Union’s antitrust authority is reportedly within days of filing charges against Amazon for the company’s “treatment of third-party sellers,” the latest step in a “two-year probe into Amazon’s alleged mistreatment of sellers that use its platform” related to its “dual role as a marketplace operator and a seller of its own products” – … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.23.2019 | Top Story: Top exec exodus continues, this time at Nike, Boeing, and WeWork

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 23, 2019

Nike’s top dog, CEO Mark Parker, is stepping down at the beginning of 2020, to be replaced by board member and ServiceNow CEO John Donahoe. Parker, who will assume the role of executive chair when Donahoe takes over, has been involved in a series of controversies in recent years, including doping allegations directed at the … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.4.2019 | Top Story: DOJ, FTC, and Congress Set to Investigate Big Tech

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 4, 2019

Much more on the suddenly hot topic of Big Tech antitrust oversight, including a negotiated agreement among regulators that will see the DOJ handling Apple and Google while the Federal Trade Commission will take on Facebook and Amazon. Separately, the House Judiciary Committee is taking up its own probe of the tech industry giants – … Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 30, 2019

Though expected after its earlier move to cut its revenue forecast, Apple’s official quarterly profits reporting yesterday still disappointed, as the company posted its “first holiday-quarter drop in both revenue and profit in over a decade” – WSJ and NYTimes and Bloomberg and MarketWatch That and news of a major FaceTime bugs that lets users … Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 14, 2018

Elon Musk had some explaining to do in light of his “funding secured” tweet on August 7 in the context of taking Tesla private, and he’s gone to the corporate blog to do so, arguing that his meetings with representatives of Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund before his tweet provided him with a defensible basis … Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 1, 2018

The US government is officially greenlighting fintech, with both the OCC and the Treasury Department issuing statements yesterday in support of the “emerging corner of the financial sector.” For the OCC, that means welcoming applications for a federal charter that would allow fintech firms to operate across state lines – WSJ and Law360 and NYTimes … Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

BY: Michael D. Reif | December 13, 2017

Crowdfunding site Indiegogo is hoping that a bold move—as one of the first mainstream companies to do so— into the roller-coaster world of ICOs will help make the offerings more palatable for small and large investors – NYTimes French Mall king Christophe Cuvillier (CEO of Unibail) has taken over Australia’s Westfield Corp. and its string … Continue reading