Updated Dec 23, 2018

Mnuchin works the phones to ward off fears on Trump and the Fed

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed in a statement that he spent much of Sunday speaking to bank executives about liquidity in the market, which followed a CNN report that he reassured them Trump doesn't plan on firing Fed chair Jerome Powell.

Why it matters: It's unclear Trump would have the legal authority to take such action. Such a move would also undermine international faith in the Fed.

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The NFL warms up to betting

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Starting this season, NFL teams in states with legal sports betting will be allowed to have in-stadium betting lounges and accept sponsorships from sportsbooks and betting operators, per multiple reports.

One caveat: There will not be any physical betting windows in the lounges, so they're more "hangout spots for bettors" than an actual "places to make bets."

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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump at the Taj Mahal. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Coronavirus shakes the global economy

Health workers spray disinfectant in Seoul on Feb. 24. Photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

New cases of the novel coronavirus have rocked asset prices in Japan, South Korea and Italy, as those nations and others have ratcheted up emergency efforts to contain the outbreak.

What's happening: Asian stock markets continued to tank overnight, as South Korea's Kospi dropped nearly 4%, Australia's ASX fell by 2.3% and Hong Kong's Hang Seng declined by 1.8%. MSCI’s index of Asia-Pacific stocks outside Japan touched its lowest since early February.