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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 1.16.2020 | Top Story: US and China Make Phase One Official While Trade Questions Linger

BY: Michael D. Reif | January 16, 2020

Well, Phase One is official, thanks to a White House signing yesterday that included Chinese Vice Premier Liu He. With that act comes our first substantive look at the deal that’s been thus-far shrouded in secrecy. Some highlights: commitments from China to purchase “an additional $200 billion worth of American goods and services by 2021,” … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 1.15.2020 | Top Story: Dating Apps Face Scrutiny for Likely Data Privacy Violations

BY: Mercedes Smith | January 15, 2020

Popular app-based dating services—from Tinder to OkCupid to Grindr—are the subject of unwanted scrutiny this week after a report by the Norwegian Consumer Council that they’re “spreading user information like dating choices and precise location to advertising and marketing companies in ways that may violate privacy laws” – NYTimes and Forbes and Law360 Here’s a … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 1.14.2020 | Top Story: Amazon Hit with Antitrust Case by India’s Government

BY: Juvian Hernandez | January 14, 2020

BlackRock Inc. will sell out of all companies “that get more than 25% of sales from thermal coal.” This threshold, however, won’t affect larger, diversified miners—which includes some of the biggest coal shippers. – Bloomberg and NYTimes MGM Resorts International agreed to sell the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay and casinos to Blackstone Group Inc. Blackstone would own … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 1.7.2020 | Top Story: Facebook Ban of “Deepfakes”

BY: Juvian Hernandez | January 7, 2020

Facebook wages a war on misinformation. On Monday, Facebook announced it will start removing videos altered by artificial intelligence that are likely to mislead people into thinking that a subject of the video made statements they never actually stated. The policy will not apply to parody and satire. New York Times – Bloomberg and WSJ … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 12.17.2019 | Top Story: USMCA Back on Track After Last-minute Wrangling

BY: Michael D. Reif | December 17, 2019

The United States and Mexico appear poised to move past a last-minute snag over new language on Labor Department attaches to posts in Mexico. Mexico feared that the diplomats would “act as labor inspectors,” and for a day or so, the planned congressional vote on the new Nafta was back in jeopardy – WSJ and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 12.05.2019 | Top Story: CBS and Viacom Finalize Deal to Reunite Media Empire

BY: Michael D. Reif | December 5, 2019

CBS and Viacom are back together again. The deal to reunite the former partners, which closed late yesterday, was pushed by National Amusements’ chief Shari Redstone since 2016 and hasted along recently by the precipitous fall from grace of CBS’ Les Moonves last year – NYTimes and Bloomberg The OCC has “rebuked” Wells Fargo’s HR … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 12.02.2019 | Top Story: US Restores Metal Tariffs on Argentina and Brazil

BY: Juvian Hernandez | December 2, 2019

The White House will again slap tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Argentina and Brazil in an apparent reaction to “massive devaluation” of  currencies in both South American nations – WSJ and NYTimes and Bloomberg Chinese tech giant, Huawei Technologies Co., can resume trading with some U.S. chip suppliers. Huawei, long seen as a … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.26.2019 | Top Story: Viagogo buys ticket reseller from StubHub for $4 billion

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 26, 2019

The merger craze keeps on keeping on, with news that Ebay’s selling secondary ticket marketplace StubHub to Viagogo, a smaller rival with a strong presence in Europe helmed by StubHub’s co-founder Eric Baker, for more than $4 billion – NYTimes and WSJ and CNN As US retailers anxiously await the official kickoff to this year’s … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 11.21.2019 | Top Story: UAW President Resigns After GM Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Bribery

BY: Michael D. Reif | November 21, 2019

More than a bit of drama in the auto world yesterday, with General Motors suing rival Fiat Chrysler, accusing it of “bribing United Auto Workers officials to gain competitive advantages in contract negotiations.”  The UAW’s president resigned within hours of GM’s filing – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Law360 The latest from … Continue reading