Commentary: Nations aim to safely pause economy | US aims to begin making small-business loans by Friday | Mnuchin expects US economic rebound in Q3
April 1, 2020
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Governments are responding to the coronavirus pandemic by effectively closing large parts of the economy and hoping they restart when the crisis eases, Marcus Walker writes. However, economists point to numerous pitfalls in this unproven strategy.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/30) 
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The Trump administration promises to get a loan program for small businesses up and running by Friday, aiming to prevent companies from going out of business or laying off workers. Companies with fewer than 500 employees can seek as much as $10 million to pay expenses, including wages and rent, for two months.
Full Story: MarketWatch (3/29) 
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Cybersecurity
The coronavirus outbreak has brought an epidemic of phishing emails -- they're up more than 600% since the end of February, reports Barracuda Networks. The security firm says it has detected more than 9,000 attacks in March, compared with 1,188 in February and 137 in January.
Full Story: Infosecurity (U.K.) (3/26) 
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Government Regulation
Pricing for US short-term corporate loans suggests the Federal Reserve's effort to boost liquidity is delivering results. Rates for commercial paper declined Friday.
Full Story: Reuters (3/30) 
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The Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency are postponing the current expected credit losses standard until 2022. The regulators hope to smooth disruption to bank lending.
Full Story: Reuters (3/28),  American Banker online (subscription required) (3/27) 
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