Jan 30, 2019

5. Former Trump aides charging $200,000 on speaking circuit

Nikki Haley. Photo: Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

President Trump’s former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and top economic adviser Gary Cohn are charging $200,000 for speaking engagements in the U.S., and Haley requires the use of a private jet, CNBC reports.

The big picture: Because she left the White House amicably — and is viewed as a future GOP presidential contender — Haley is raking in more than double the amount of other past Trump aides, like former national security adviser H.R. McMaster and former chief of staff John Kelly. Coupled with his White House work, Cohn's past experience on Wall Street as the president and COO of Goldman Sachs is allowing him to pull in higher amounts.

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Special report: Health care workers vs. coronavirus

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Health care workers are at an especially high risk of catching the coronavirus, because of their prolonged exposure to patients who have it. Making matters worse, the U.S. doesn't have enough of the protective equipment, like masks and gloves, that keeps them safe.

  • And yet these workers, with loved ones of their own, keep showing up at hospitals across the country, knowing that more Americans than they can possibly care for are depending on them.

Backed by the Fed, bond investors get bullish

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The Fed's massive injections of liquidity have reopened much of the bond market, and after back-to-back weeks in which more than $100 billion flowed out of bond funds, investors have regained their bearings and now see opportunity.

What's happening: But after the hemorrhaging outflows relented last week, bulls may now be sticking their heads out a bit too far. Junk bond funds took in more than $7 billion for the week ended April 1, according to Refinitiv Lipper, setting a new weekly record.

What top CEOs fear telling America about the coronavirus shutdown

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Top CEOs, in private conversations and pleas to President Trump, are warning of economic catastrophe if America doesn't begin planning for a phased return to work as soon as May, corporate leaders tell Axios.

Why it matters: The CEOs say massive numbers of companies, big and small, could go under if business and government don't start urgent talks about ways groups of workers can return.