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Brazil’s central bank injects liquidity in financial markets

July 8, 2020

In March, Brazil’s central bank (BCB) unveiled a series of liquidity measures totaling $243 billion (1.2 trillion Brazilian reals) to ensure that “financial institutions have funding to meet the market’s liquidity needs.” The measures represent about 16.7% of last year’s GDP. In addition, the BCB can now temporarily purchase government bonds directly in the primary market and purchase corporate bonds in the secondary market due to recent constitutional amendements.

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US Treasury Extends $700 Million Loan to YRC Worldwide Inc. under CARES Act Provision

July 1, 2020

On July 1, the US Treasury announced it would make a $700 million loan to YRC Worldwide Inc., a heavyweight equipment transportation company that was deemed by the US Secretary of Defense to be critical to national security. Treasury will receive a 29.6% equity stake in the company in connection with the loan.

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U.S. Banks to Maintain Dividends for Now, Following Pre-COVID Stress Test

July 1, 2020

Most of the largest U.S. banks announced Monday that they will continue to pay dividends in the third quarter at the same level as the second quarter. This news comes just two business days after the Federal Reserve announced the results of its annual stress test and an unprecedented “sensitivity analysis” estimating the potential impact of different economic recoveries from the COVID recession on bank performance. Based on these scenarios, the Fed announced a number of temporary restrictions on dividends and other corporate actions. 

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