Tag Archives: Germany

Financial Daily Dose 6.24.2020 | Top Story: Top German Court Upholds Antitrust Ruling Against Facebook Over Illegal Data Harvesting

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 24, 2020

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice upheld a decision by the country’s antitrust watchdog on Tuesday that “Facebook had abused its dominance in social media to illegally harvest data about its users”—a “major victory for proponents of tougher regulation of the world’s largest technology companies” – NYTimes and Law360 Meanwhile, here in the States, the DOJ … 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 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

Financial Daily Dose 1.17.2020 | Top Story: Senate Passes USMCA by Wide Margin to Update NAFTA

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 17, 2020

While there’s plenty of other business afoot in D.C. these days, it also happens to have been a pretty big week for trade deals. A day after Phase One with China was inked, the Senate overwhelmingly approved a revised NAFTA—now officially the USMCA—which will get final executive approval next week – NYTimes and WSJ and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.22.2019 | Top Story: CBO Projects $1 Trillion Annual US Deficit in 2020

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 22, 2019

The CBO sent shivers down the spines of deficit hawks yesterday with its latest forecast that shows federal cost overruns hitting $1 trillion for fiscal 2020, an increase of more than $100 billion from projections just 3 months ago – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg Not that there’s any definite cause-and-effect at play here, but … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.19.2019 | Top Story: US Weighing Huawei Reprieve to Smooth Trade Talks with China

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 19, 2019

The White House is reportedly extending the temporary license for some US businesses to work with Huawei, a move that would likely help smooth the way for trade negotiators between the US and China to see their way back to the table – WSJ and MarketWatch After last week’s drama, it doesn’t feel like a … Continue reading