wiar 01-02-19

Mary FanslauWhat I Am Reading

January 2 (Wednesday)

Video Podcast
Daily Markets Overview

Why 2019 could be very good for stocks, after the worst year in a decade (C)
US stocks post worst year in a decade as the S&P 500 falls more than 6% in 2018 (C)
Corporate Profit Crunch Looms as Stocks Slide (W)

Central banks
The Fed Is Fighting for Control of Its Key Interest Rate (B)

Want a free country house in Japan? They’re giving them away (C)

China Slowdown Continues With Factory Gauge at Lowest Level Since 2016 (B)
Brazil’s new President Bolsonaro vows to ‘strengthen democracy’ (R)

US politics
Sen. Elizabeth Warren launches 2020 presidential exploratory committee (C)
A potential Trump impeachment is a ‘huge risk’ for 2019, expert says (C)
Trump Calls Meeting With Lawmakers, Suggests He’s Open to a Deal (B)
House Democrats announce plan to end government shutdown without funding border wall (C)

Geopolitics & trade
China’s Xi issues a message for Trump: We’ve got to cooperate (C)
North Korea’s Kim says a ‘new path’ is inevitable if the US demands unilateral action (C)

Industries & companies
Energy: Chesapeake Energy Bet on Oil. Then Crude Prices Plunged. (W)
Financials: Rewards Credit Cards Gained a Fanatic Following—Now Banks Are Pulling Back (W)
Media: In the Race for Content, Hollywood Is Buying Up Hit Podcasts (N)
Retail: Walmart isn’t the only retailer already winning in 2019 (C)
Tech: Big Tech May Look Troubled, but It’s Just Getting Started (N)

5G Is Coming This Year. Here’s What You Need to Know. (N)
These Startups Want to Shake Up Home Buying, Shopping, Lidar and Agriculture