Feb 24, 2019

Global banks are facing foreign fines

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Malaysia is seeking a $7.5 billion fine from Goldman Sachs; France is seeking a $4.2 billion fine from UBS. Both cases are unabashedly political, and are accompanied by criminal charges against the relevant bankers.

My thought bubble: Foreign banks make for a very appealing piñata in most countries at most times. Global banks such as Goldman and UBS should expect more fines and prosecutions in future, whether they're deserved or not. After all, there are 195 countries in the world today. It stands to reason that at any given moment, one or two of those countries will find bank prosecutions rather appealing.

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BIG3 to create a hybrid reality show about quarantine basketball

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Sports are on pause, and there's no timetable for their return. In the interim, leagues, teams and athletes are getting creative with ways to keep fans engaged.

The latest: A "quarantined reality show basketball tournament," courtesy of the BIG3, the upstart 3-on-3 basketball league founded by Ice Cube and his longtime business partner Jeff Kwatinetz.

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Trump on coronavirus misinformation from China: "Every country does it"

President Trump brushed aside allegations that China — as well as Russia and Iran — are spreading misinformation about the origin of the coronavirus during a 64-minute call with "Fox & Friends" on Monday, telling the hosts that "every country does it."

Why it matters: Multiple verified Chinese government Twitter accounts have promoted different conspiracy theories, and Chinese foreign ministry deputy spokesperson Zhao Lijian suggested that the virus come from a U.S. military lab, Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian reports.

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Investment pros are selling while mom and pop buy the coronavirus dip

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As traders around the globe have frantically unloaded positions in recent weeks, so-called mom and pop retail investors have kept level heads and not sold out of stocks.

What they're saying: In fact, "the typical trader is buying equities on the dips," passive investment firm Vanguard notes in a research paper, adding that "older, wealthier traders are moving modestly to fixed income."