Claire Williams, Morning Consult

Claire Williams

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Recent articles by Claire:

Voters Believe CARES Funding Has Helped Small Businesses as Intended

As Washington debates how to best oversee the funds distributed to help offset the economic damage of the coronavirus pandemic, voters mostly believe the aid has helped small businesses and middle-income workers, according to new polling by Morning Consult and Politico. Congress and oversight committees have been grappling with how to best monitor the funds that the federal government authorized… → Read More

Sen. Booker Aims to Curb Price Gouging During Emergencies in New Bill

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is unveiling a bill that would ban price gouging of essential goods and services during emergencies, his office told Morning Consult on Wednesday, with the legislation to be formally introduced when the Senate returns to Washington next week. → Read More

Amid Record Job Loss, More Than 3 in 4 Adults Support Collective Bargaining Actions

As Americans lose their jobs in record numbers and low-wage employees are asked to put their lives on the line to stock grocery store shelves, treat patients in hospitals and staff warehouses, worker protests and labor movements are increasingly popping up across the country. → Read More

Coronavirus Fears Begin to Weigh on Consumers in Markets' Worst Week Since '08

Morning Consult’s Index of Consumer Sentiment tumbled 2.3 points to 112.5 for the week of Feb. 24-March 1. It’s the largest weekly decline in Morning Consult’s consumer confidence data since the week ending Jan. 12, 2019. → Read More

Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Finance, Transport Sectors See Dip in Consumer Expectations

The Index of Consumer Sentiment, a broader metric, dropped 0.6 points to 114.8, close to where it began the year. The drop represented less than half the week-over-week decline that occurred in early January at the peak of the U.S.-Iran conflict. → Read More

In Another Letter, Elizabeth Warren Again Presses Fed Nominee on Past Statements

The Massachusetts senator pressed Judy Shelton again on her position on deposit insurance and what the Federal Reserve nominee believed was the cause of the 2008 financial crisis, saying that Shelton’s responses to an earlier letter “require further clarification.” → Read More

How the Democratic Socialist Label Is Playing in the 2020 Presidential Race

Sanders has long identified as a democratic socialist, thought by some in the Democratic party to be an impediment to seeking national office. But that notion appears to be shifting, especially among Democratic primary voters, according to new Morning Consult data. → Read More

Senate Banking Panel Said to Plan Fed Nominee Hearings for as Soon as Feb. 13

The Senate Banking Committee is considering starting nomination hearings for President Donald Trump’s Federal Reserve Board of Governor nominees, including noted Fed critic Judy Shelton, as early as Feb. 13, a committee staffer with direct knowledge of the matter said Friday. → Read More

Waters Vows Subpoena on OCC Community Reinvestment Act Proposal

House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) promised to subpoena the data used to develop the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s proposed rewrite of the Community Reinvestment Act, if the agency doesn’t provide it willingly. → Read More

OCC’s Otting Says Rewrite of Anti-Redlining Law Going Ahead

Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting said Wednesday that he doesn’t see a compromise with the Federal Reserve on the Community Reinvestment Act before the OCC and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. release their joint final rule, despite a key Fed official’s call for an interagency process. → Read More

Trump Supporters, Opponents Both Less Confident in Economy Amid Iran Conflict

Americans might be politically polarized, but they’re on the same page for at least one thing: Everyone feels less economically confident amid the most recent conflict in the Middle East. → Read More

Key Federal Reserve Official Ups the Interagency Ante on Redlining Regulation

Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard is pushing her own plan to overhaul anti-redlining regulation, challenging a proposal put out by other bank regulators. → Read More

Consumer Sentiment Drops Amid Intensifying U.S.-Iran Conflict

Although consumer sentiment remains relatively high, that could change if the Middle East conflict continues to escalate and pushes up energy prices. → Read More

Office of Financial Research Picks Up Hiring After Trump Cuts, Director Says

The Office of Financial Research, a government agency created by the Dodd-Frank Act that is designed to warn policymakers of risks to the U.S. economy is, once again, hiring. → Read More

Facebook’s Digital Currency Could Pose a Systemic Risk, Fed’s Powell Says

Facebook Inc. could pose a risk to financial stability with its digital currency project because of the tech giant’s sheer size, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said in his semi-annual testimony in front of the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday. → Read More

Trump Predicts Stock Market Crash in 2020 if He Loses, but History Says Otherwise

President Donald Trump paints a bleak picture of the economy and stock market if he loses the presidential election in 2020. History suggests a far more subdued outcome. → Read More

FDIC Chair Hoping to Clarify Volcker Rule’s Proprietary Trading Ban This Summer

The FDIC will also finalize a directive completely exempting community banks from the Volcker rule within the month, she said. → Read More

In Consumer Debt Boom, Americans Many Are Using Credit Cards to Shop

Discretionary spending -- such as shopping for new clothes or paying for entertainment -- is the top driver of credit card debt for Americans, according to a Morning Consult/CNBC survey. → Read More

OCC Will Review Next Wells Fargo CEO

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency will review Wells Fargo & Co.’s selection of its new chief executive, but the agency has no plans to make its results public, Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting said at a Senate Banking Committee hearing today. → Read More

As Nonbank Lending Rises, Clayton Says SEC Keeping Eye on CLOs

The Securities and Exchange Commission is playing an increasingly important role in discussions of economic stability as the share of nonbank lending rises, the agency’s chairman, Jay Clayton, said at an industry conference Thursday. → Read More