Apple Is Worth $2 Trillion, Punctuating Big Tech’s Grip

Apple is the first U.S. company to reach $2 trillion in value, capping a staggering ascent that began in the pandemic.

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Too Big to Fail: The Entire Private Sector

Large parts of financial markets are now being managed by the government. Even if they don’t like it, investors must acknowledge it.

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Should There Be Deals During a Pandemic?

Elizabeth Warren and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez escalated a Washington pushback against M.&A., introducing a bill to block many corporate acquisitions.

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A Big, Once-Reliable Source of Investor Cash Is Drying Up

The losses aren’t coming just from the drop in stock prices. The effect of the dividend cuts sweeping through the market will hurt, too.

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Some Companies Seeking Bailouts Had Piles of Cash, Then Spent It

They poured the money into stock buybacks and dividends. Now, those hurting from the pandemic want government aid.

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Fed Gives Banks a Break to Keep Markets Calm, Asking for Little in Return

The Federal Reserve is giving banks room to maneuver with regulatory tweaks. But it isn’t barring them from paying dividends, fueling concerns that it is ignoring the lessons of the last crisis.

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