Tag Archives: Libra

Financial Daily Dose 10.24.2019 | Top Story: Lawmakers Grill Zuckerberg on Libra and Political Ads

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 24, 2019

We didn’t get flop sweat Zuck, but it was still a hot seat indeed for Facebook’s founder and CEO on the Hill yesterday, who fielded a wide range of questions from Libra to political freedom of expression on his platform – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Law360 In an effort to avoid … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.22.2019 | Top Story: WeWork Bailout Would Cost Company $39 billion in Valuation

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 22, 2019

SoftBank’s plan to help bail out WeWork would mean not only a takeover by Masa Son’s crew but also “would slash the co-working company’s valuation to about $8 billion”—a staggering drop of nearly $40 billion. The plan would alleviate WeWork’s cash crunch via a $5 billion loan and an offer to buy more than $1 … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.17.2019 | Top Story: GM and UAW Reach Tentative Deal to End Month-long Strike

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 17, 2019

Good news out of Detroit late yesterday, with officials from General Motors and the United Autoworkers Union striking a “tentative agreement on a new labor contract that could end the monthlong strike that has idled G.M. plants across the Midwest and the South.” The UAW’s local officials will meet this morning to vote on whether … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.14.2019 | Top Story: WeWork Board Weighing Bailout Options from SoftBank and JPMorgan

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 14, 2019

We Work’s largest investor, SoftBank, is reportedly sketching out plans in which it would drop billions of additional money on the company in return for giving Masa Son control of WeWork “and further sidelin[ing] its founder Adam Neumann.” WeWork’s board is also considering a JPMorgan option, hoping that the bank could help it raise billions … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.10.2019 | Top Story: US/China Trade Talks Resume Even as Tensions Grow

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 10, 2019

Senior negotiators from the U.S. and China will officially resume trade negotiations today, “with higher tariffs looming if [they] fail to break a five-month stalemate.” The U.S.’s moves this week to blacklist 28 Chinese tech companies and suspend some visas over China’s treatment of Muslim minorities is only complicating the high-stakes talks. New discussion of … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.9.2019 | Top Story: Chair Powell says Fed will Expand its Treasury Securities Holdings

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 9, 2019

Fed Chair Powell, speaking at an economics conference in Denver yesterday, made news by indicating that the central bank would “once again begin expanding its portfolio of government-backed securities”—a shift in policy hastened by recent repo market shortages requiring Fed intervention – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg and MarketWatch and Law360 A Philly jury has … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 10.7.2019 | Top Story: Talks Between GM and UAW Falter as Strike Hits Fourth Week

BY: Michael D. Reif | October 7, 2019

Talks between General Motors and the striking UAW broke down yesterday, threatening the progress the two sides “appeared to make in recent days,” a troubling sign as the strike heads into its 4th week – NYTimes and WSJ and Bloomberg Things at Nissan are getting worse—much worse—before getting better in the wake of the Carlos … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.16.2019 | Top Story: Weekend Attack on Aramco Oil Fields Sends Energy Prices Soaring

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 16, 2019

A drone attack on Saudi Aramco oilfields this weekend affected 5% of global production and sent “energy prices substantially higher” late Sunday and early today. Analysts don’t anticipate a “severe shock to energy markets and the world economy” for the long term, but that said, the political and military fallout from the attacks threaten to … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.13.2019 | Top Story: ECB Cuts Rates and Restarts QE in Effort to Preempt European Downturn

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 13, 2019

The ECB was even more aggressive than expected in its moves to “head off a downturn before it gained momentum,” cutting a key interest rate and reviving “a money-printing program.” At the same time, the central bank “issued an unusually strong call for eurozone governments to do more of the economic heavy lifting” – NYTimes … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 9.10.2019 | Top Story: Activist Investor Singer Discloses Stake in AT&T and Pushes for Change

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 10, 2019

Paul Singer’s Elliott Management hedge fund revealed a $3.2 billion stake in AT&T and, along with it, a healthy-skepticism of the company’s 2018 purchase of Time Warner and general calls to divest as part of a 24-page letter to the company outlining changes needed to help drive up its share price – NYTimes and WSJ … Continue reading