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Today's big stories

  1. Deutsche Bank was the latest financial giant dragged into the spotlight of harsh investor scrutiny
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  3. TikTok tried to placate Congress, but its promises fell on deaf ears

Dunking On Deutsche

Dunking On Deutsche

What’s Going On Here?

Deutsche Bank’s stock took a beating on Friday, as the cost of insuring against the bank's failure hit new heights.

What Does This Mean?

Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank have both weathered their fair share of financial storms. But after surviving the European banking crisis a decade ago, Credit Suisse has vanished from the scene and left its former companion in the spotlight. Maybe it's only natural, then, that worried investors are shifting their focus to Deutsche Bank now, especially given that the price of its credit default swaps – basically what investors buy to protect themselves against the bank’s failure – have spiked in recent days.

Why Should I Care?

For markets: “Nein” to a stitch in time.
This might have European investors on edge: see, while the Federal Reserve and the Swiss central bank tamed their own brewing storms very quickly, the European Central Bank (ECB) isn't famous for being quick on its feet. What’s more, the ECB's head honcho recently brushed off concerns about big banks in the region, saying that there’s nothing to worry about. Let’s hope that’s right – because if there’s one thing we know from past crises, it’s that a speedy response is vital.

The bigger picture: Banking’s built different.
Authorities can keep insisting the banking system’s safe until they’re blue in the face, but when a confidence crisis sets in, it's hard to shake. See, banking’s a unique industry: you won’t pass up on a Coke or drive past a McDonald’s because those firms’ stock prices are down – but when a bank’s shares take a dive, it can get folk worrying. That can lead to customers pulling their deposits, as well as prompting other banks to freeze lending – and with both of those out the window, banks have no banking to do, and they can run aground pretty quickly.

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Analyst Take

With All This Bank Turmoil, The Stock Market’s Reaction Has Been…Odd

With All This Bank Turmoil, The Stock Market’s Reaction Has Been…Odd
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Stéphane Renevier, Analyst

Markets don’t always do what you expect

With banking sector stresses sending shockwaves through markets around the world, it’s pretty surprising to see stocks holding up as well as they are.

Dig a little deeper, though, and it turns out their hardiness makes sense.

That’s today’s Insight: why stocks are doing so well, and what could happen next. 

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Tik For Tak

Tik For Tak

What’s Going On Here?

US politicos across the aisle put TikTok's CEO in the hot seat late last week, probing the company's rumored ties to the Chinese government.

What Does This Mean?

In a marathon congressional grilling session, TikTok's CEO stuck to his guns, insisting that the firm doesn't dish out user data to any government. What’s more, TikTok’s much-vaunted "Project Texas" – a grand plan to erect a data storage fortress in the Lone Star State – allegedly aims to keep all US user data within American borders. But lawmakers seemed less than convinced: TikTok’s under the umbrella of Chinese firm ByteDance, after all, which could be cozy with government officials, and that means the US is treating this affair as one of “national security”.

Why Should I Care?

Zooming out: Two to tango.
US authorities seem to be angling for either an outright ban on the popular app or a sale to American bidders, but both options look like non-starters right now. A ban could provoke the ire of TikTok's 150 million US devotees, which could be a dance with death for politicians' popularity. And a sale looks impossible too, given that the Chinese government’s already pooh-poohed that idea. To top it off, TikTok's price tag could stretch to hundreds of billions – and there aren’t many firms with the funds to cover that.

The bigger picture: Eye for an eye.
The prospect of a wholesale ban on TikTok will have competitors like Meta and Alphabet rubbing their hands together in glee. And there’s little doubt that those firms’ lobbyists will be hard at work in Washington, pointing out that Google and Facebook are forbidden in China, which would make banning TikTok a tit-for-tat kind of deal. But the US companies that make a killing in the Middle Kingdom (like Starbucks, McDonald's, and Estée Lauder) won’t agree: they’ll be shaking in their boots about possible Chinese retaliation – so keep an eye on their share prices as this plays out.

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