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08/14/2020 | 05:16pm EDT
Need Financing? Here, Have a Blank Check 

Nikola, DraftKings and other upstarts are turning to reverse mergers as a way of going public during the economic downturn. These "blank check" deals offer opportunities-and plenty of risk.

Muni Defaults Surge, but Yields Don't Follow 

The coronavirus has dealt a harsh blow to state and local government finances. But the municipal bond market rolls on.

Libor Troubles Deepen as Deadline for Benchmark's Demise Approaches 

Regulators and investors say the move to a replacement rate remains on track despite setbacks including the coronavirus pandemic.

Duck Creek Valuation Tops $3.5 Billion as IPO Priced Above Views 

The insurance software and services company priced its initial public offering of 15 million shares at $27 apiece.

An AmEx Manager Says She Spoke Up About Sales Problems, Then Got Pushed to the Side 

Sophia Lewis was a rising star at American Express. She says she saw co-workers mislead the company about cards they sold. "It was when I started raising red flags," she said, "that things started going downhill."

Finance Chiefs Are on the Move as Pandemic Adds Strain 

Finance chiefs are changing jobs again after a slowdown in exits and recruitment in the spring, as the pandemic is forcing them to rethink their business models and adding to an already high workload.

Financial Services Roundup: Market Talk 

The latest Market Talks covering Financial Services

Trump Administration Criticizes New Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Mortgage Fee 

The administration criticized a move by the mortgage-finance companies to charge a new fee on certain mortgages, saying it would harm consumers.

China Broadens Digital Currency Pilot Program 

China's commerce ministry unveiled a pilot program to use a digital currency across major cities, expanding on an initiative to launch the first electronic payment system by a major central bank.

Citigroup Pays Revlon Lenders Nearly $900 Million by Mistake 

The bank paid nearly $900 million by mistake to Revlon lenders and is asking for the money to be returned, according to people familiar with the matter.


Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
AMERICAN EXPRESS COMPANY -1.10% 90.03 Delayed Quote.-26.85%
CITIGROUP INC. -0.78% 40.8343 Delayed Quote.-47.85%
DRAFTKINGS INC. -4.72% 35.58 Delayed Quote.249.25%
FREDDIE MAC -1.64% 1.81 Delayed Quote.-39.08%
NIKOLA CORPORATION -8.54% 18.0663 Delayed Quote.91.77%
REVLON, INC. -6.91% 4.275 Delayed Quote.-78.38%
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