Gina joined Breakingviews in 2016 from the Financial Times, where she was the enforcement and regulatory correspondent in Washington, most recently focused on white-collar crime and cyber security. Before that, Gina was the corporate reporter for Quartz and spent seven years at the Wall Street Journal in New York, Baghdad and Detroit, covering M&A, war and cars. She also has written a book about the Khmer Rouge, trained journalists in Iraq and written from her native Seoul.
Big banks enjoyed a bit of a reprieve under the Republican-led Congress. Democrats now in charge of the House stress industry accountability. Left-wing additions to the financial-services panel will increase the pressure in the industry and could make it a 2020 election issue.
William Barr, set to become U.S. attorney general, wonders how Silicon Valley “behemoths” like Amazon got so big. That hasn’t been a DOJ focus. Facebook’s clout was one reason for AT&T’s purchase of Time Warner, on whose board Barr sat. It could make him a new antitrust threat.
The U.S. president often bashes the central bank’s rate increases on Twitter. It’s unhelpful but transparent – which makes it easier for the Fed to resist. The real danger is if Trump bullies Jerome Powell behind closed doors, or changes his tactics for the two open board seats.