Tag Archives: Unemployment

Financial Daily Dose 10.9.2020 | Top Story: New Jobless Claims Top 800,000 Again As U.S. Recovery Stalls

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 9, 2020

Yesterday’s jobless numbers were down a bit from a week earlier but still topped 800,000 for the 4th week in a row. “Claims remain above the pre-pandemic peak of 695,000 and are higher than in any previous recession for records tracing back to 1967” – WSJ and Marketplace and NYTimes We’ve been talking in the … 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 9.3.2020 | 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 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 8.28.2020 | Top Story: In Major Policy Shift, Fed Embraces Inflation to Keep Rates Low

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 28, 2020

In hotly anticipated comments on Thursday—and yes, such a designation applies to a speech on monetary policy—Federal Reserve Chair Jay Powell “announced a major shift in how the central bank guides the economy, signaling it will make job growth pre-eminent and will not raise interest rates to guard against coming inflation just because the unemployment … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.21.2020 | Top Story: Court Stays CA Gig-Worker Law; Uber and Lyft to Keep Operating in State During Appeal

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 21, 2020

A state appeals court in California has preempted Uber and Lyft’s threatened state-wide shutdown over a new state law ordering them to reclassify their drivers as employees by “allowing them to continue operating [under their current model] while the court weighs their appeal” – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Marketplace Initial U.S. … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.20.2020 | Top Story: Apple Becomes First U.S. Company to Hit $2 Trillion Valuation Mark

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 20, 2020

Apple tipped the $2 trillion mark this week, the first U.S. company to reach that valuation milestone, doing so just 2 years after it first hit $1 trillion. That it’s done so in the middle of a pandemic only punctuates how the coronavirus crisis “has been a bonanza for the tech giants” – NYTimes and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.7.2020 | Top Story: White House Issues EOs Banning Transactions with TikTok and WeChat Parent Companies in 45 Days

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 7, 2020

Jobs Report Friday again. Yes, it’s been another month already, and yes, we’re still in desperate need of some signs of strength in what appears to be a flagging U.S. economic comeback from the spring lockdown – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch Meanwhile, US weekly jobless claims fell to their lowest level since … Continue reading