Tag Archives: Tariffs

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

Financial Daily Dose 6.14.2019 | Top Story: Oil prices shoot up after attacks on tankers

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 14, 2019

In case you haven’t had your eye on matters of global intrigue of late, figured we’d get you a bit caught up so that you know why your gas prices are heading north in the next couple of weeks – MarketWatch and NYTimes Facebook has recruited a stable of major backers—including Visa, Mastercard, PayPal, and … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.11.2019 | Top Story: Opioid Maker Insys Files for Chapter 11 Protection

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 11, 2019

Opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics, which just last week agreed to pay $225 million to “settle a federal investigation into the marketing practices for its powerful fentanyl painkiller,” has filed for bankruptcy protection, announcing that it will continue operating while putting together a plan to pay its creditors – NYTimes and WSJ and Law360 More details … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.10.2019 | Top Story: U.S. Reverses Course on Tariffs Set to Hit Mexican Goods Today

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 10, 2019

The White House announced on Friday that the US and Mexico reached a deal that it deemed sufficient to keep from levying the threatened 5% tariffs on Mexican goods that was set to take effect today. As details of that deal have emerged, however, officials familiar with the negotiations are raising questions about what, exactly, … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.7.2019 | Top Story: Markets Keep Eye on US Jobs Report

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 7, 2019

Jobs Report Friday again! Lots to look for in the numbers this month, especially considering the economic uncertainty that’s defined the past few weeks – WSJ and Bloomberg and NYTimes Wells Fargo will fork over $385 million to resolve force-placed insurance allegations from customers who have accused the bank of signing them up for auto … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.6.2019 | Top Story: FiatChrysler Withdraws Offer to Merge With Renault

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 6, 2019

Well, that was short lived.  FiatChrysler broke news late yesterday that it’s withdrawing its offer to merge with France’s Renault, mere weeks after the companies bowled over the auto world with the proposal. Fiat blamed the French government for taking too long to support the deal, though it appears Nissan also played a role in … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.5.2019 | Top Story: SEC Votes Today on New Broker Conduct Standards

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 5, 2019

The SEC will vote today on what it’s calling Regulation Best Interest, “which says brokers can’t put their own paychecks ahead of a customer’s needs”—the more-industry-acceptable revision of an Obama-era fiduciary duty rule for advisors that has since died a slow death. Still left unclear under the new plan, however, is “whether it would disrupt … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.4.2019 | Top Story: DOJ, FTC, and Congress Set to Investigate Big Tech

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 4, 2019

Much more on the suddenly hot topic of Big Tech antitrust oversight, including a negotiated agreement among regulators that will see the DOJ handling Apple and Google while the Federal Trade Commission will take on Facebook and Amazon. Separately, the House Judiciary Committee is taking up its own probe of the tech industry giants – … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.3.2019 | Top Story: DOJ Mulling Google Antitrust Action

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 3, 2019

The DOJ is considering joining its European counterparts in targeting Google for potential antitrust violations focused on Google’s “advertising practices and influence in the online advertising industry,” possibly including the company’s search practices – NYTimes and  WSJ and Bloomberg Such a probe would be consistent with a marked shift in Washington’s thoughts on Big Tech—from … Continue reading