Tag Archives: SEC

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 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

Financial Daily Dose 9.5.2019 | Top Story: YouTube Fined $170 Million for Violating Kids’ Privacy Law

BY: Michael D. Reif | September 5, 2019

Google will pay a “record $170 million fine and make changes to protect children’s privacy on YouTube” as part of a deal it reached this week with the FTC and NY AG’s office, both of whom had accused YouTube of “violating the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA.” Though the fine is the … 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 8.20.2019 | Top Story: Top Execs Signal Shift in Corporate Priorities Beyond Just Shareholder Gain

BY: Michael D. Reif | August 20, 2019

A survey of the country’s most powerful CEOs by the Business Roundtable shows an interesting shift in how they view their top priority—no longer does advancing the interests of shareholders take the top spot. Instead, the leaders identified investing in employees, delivering value to customers, and dealing “fairly and ethically with their suppliers” as primary … 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

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 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 7.16.2019 | 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

Financial Daily Dose 7.11.2019 | Top Story: Fed Chair Primes Markets for July Rate Cut

BY: Michael D. Reif | July 11, 2019

The big takeaway from Day 1 of Fed Chair Powell’s Congressional testimony is that a July rate cut is still definitely on the table, despite last week’s strong US jobs numbers.  As the Times puts it, “That the Fed is considering a rate cut a moment when the United States economy is strong and job … Continue reading