Tag Archives: Amazon

Financial Daily Dose 9.11.2019 | Top Story: Hong Kong Stock Exchange Makes Surprise Bid for London Exchange

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 11, 2019

There’s some surprise market wheeling and dealing afoot this morning. The Hong Kong stock exchange has offered to buy its London counterpart as part of a deal valued at $37 billion that would connect “the established financial markets in the West with the emerging financial markets in the East” – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.26.2019 | Top Story: Amgen to Pay More Than $13 Billion for Otezla

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 26, 2019

Amgen will pay $13.4 billion in cash to buy psoriasis treatment Otezla, a deal that will “pave the way for Bristol-Myers Squibb to complete its acquisition of Celgene” by addressing “regulatory concerns over their union” – WSJ Fed Chair Powell seemed to hit just about all the right notes in Jackson Hole on Friday (with … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.13.2019 | Top Story: Global Volatility Sends Bonds Yields to Near-Record Lows

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 13, 2019

A volatile August on Wall Street has insiders asking whether we should be taking our cues from 1998 or 2007 – NYTimes With that in mind, our financial term of the week is “countercyclical capital buffer,” a wonkish special for you econ diehards out there that’s a potential new tool for the Fed that would … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 8.8.2019 | Top Story: L Brands CEO Claims Epstein Misappropriated “Vast Sums”

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 8, 2019

Les Wexner, the billionaire CEO of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works parent company L Brands, has accused his former money manager and confidant, Jeffrey Epstein, of misappropriating “vast sums of money” from Wexner and his family. Wexner claims he first learned of the wrongdoing in 2007 – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg China … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.30.2019 | Top Story: Capital One Reveals Data Breach Affecting 106 Million

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 30, 2019

Financial giant Capital One, the fifth-largest credit card issuer in the U.S., announced on Monday that a hacker illegally accessed “the personal information of approximately 106 million card customers and applicants, one of the largest ever data breaches of a big bank.” CapOne’s unfortunate reveal coincided with the arrest of the alleged hacker, a former … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.26.2019 | Top Story: In a reversal, ECB to revive stimulus measures to boost EU economy

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 26, 2019

The European Central Bank announced on Thursday that is likely to revive the quantitative easing program aimed at “pump[ing] money into the region’s financial system,” a major reversal from just 6 months ago, when the ECB began winding down the bond-buying program – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg McKinsey’s been in hot water with bankruptcy … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.25.2019 | Top Story: Facebook to Add Privacy Measures Under FTC Deal

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 25, 2019

Facebook and the FTC have agreed to terms on a settlement addressing the social network’s privacy violations in recent years. Along with the previously reported $5 billion fine, the deal will require Facebook to “add new positions and practices to increase the transparency and accountability of how it treats people’s information” – NYTimes and WSJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.24.2019 | Top Story: DOJ Launches Big Tech Antitrust Probe

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 24, 2019

The announcement itself isn’t a shock, but given the potential players, it’s headline-worthy anyway: the DOJ announced yesterday that it’s officially opening an antitrust probe into Big Tech companies and “whether they had acted to reduce competition” as they amassed market power – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch US regulators are likely to … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.17.2019 | Top Story: EU Antitrust Regulators Probing Amazon Third-Party Seller Data Collection

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 17, 2019

EU regulators announced today that they’ve been conducting an investigation into Amazon and “how it collects and uses data from third-party sellers who appear on the retailing giant’s website” with an eye to potential antitrust violations. Amazon requires the sellers to share certain information with it, and the probe will center on “how Amazon uses … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 7.16.2019 | Top Story: Regulators Raise National Security Concerns About Facebook’s Libra Crypto

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 16, 2019

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is the latest prominent government official to express concerns about Facebook’s coming Libra launch. Speaking at a briefing yesterday, Mnuchin focused on national security issues related to the planned cryptocurrency – WSJ and Bloomberg and Law360 Facebook will have a chance to address those (and many other) matters during Senate Banking … Continue reading