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Situational awareness:

  • Deutsche Bank confirmed merger talks with Commerzbank for a deal that would combine Germany's 2 largest banks. (Bloomberg)
  • A day after demanding that General Motors keep open a plant in Lordstown, Ohio, President Trump asked CEO Mary Barra to sell the plant or "do something quickly." (Axios)
  • The U.S. saw the largest annual increase in commercial and multifamily mortgage debt in 2018 since the Great Recession and the largest increase in multifamily mortgage debt on record. (CREHerald)