USA: Financial regulator looks at business loans from Jared Kushner's family

The Financial Services Regulator of New York (DFS) has asked three banks for information on loans related to the real estate business of the family of Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of President Donald Trump was learned Wednesday, February 28 from a source close to the file. DFS boss Maria Vullo sent letters last week to Deutsche Bank, Signature Bank and New York Community Bank, asking for details of the various loans or financial arrangements made or requested by Kushner, the company said. source to AFP

She gave them until March 5 to respond. The DFS services refused to comment on this information, as did Deutsche Bank, which granted millions of dollars in loans to the Kushners.

"We have not received a copy of any letter from the Financial Services Regulator. New York State, "a spokesman for Kushner Companies told AFP. He added: "Our company is a multi-billion dollar company and extremely financially sound.Before the voluntary resignation of our CEO ( Jared Kushner ) to serve our country, we never had received such a request.This type of request appears as harassment for political reasons. "

On Wednesday evening, the New York Times stated that Kushner Companies had received large loans from the Apollo Global Management Fund. and Citigroup Bank, after Jared Kushner received representatives of the two American groups in the White House.

Jared Kushner reportedly met with Joshua Harris, one of the founders of Apollo, several times in 2017 and He reportedly spoke with him about a post at the White House, which he never got off the hook, according to the newspaper that quotes several anonymous sources. In November 2017, the fund would have authorized a loan of $ 184 million to Kushner Companies, "one of the largest received last year," says the New York Times.

The son-in-law of the president would also have met the Citigroup CEO Michael Corbat in the spring of 2017 shortly before Kushner Companies receives another $ 325 million loan.

In the spotlight

Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump's husband , has become a pillar of the White House since the arrival of his father-in-law to the presidency of the United States. A graduate of Harvard and New York University in law, he took the reins of the family business before announcing in January 2017, just before his appointment as top advisor to the new US president, that he was retiring

While Jared Kushner voluntarily left high-level positions in more than 200 entities related to his family's real estate empire, he retains shares in most of these companies, likely to earn income, according to documents released by the White House in April 2017. This is not the first time that Kushner, which owns real estate assets in the states of New York and New Jersey, among others,

In May 2017, she apologized for mentioning Jared Kushner during a presentation of one of her projects to Chinese investors, in a possible sprain conflict of interest rules.

Various US regulators, including the New York State Attorney, have recently requested information from the Kushner family and their business partners, according to the US press. At the end of December, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York, asked Deutsche Bank for information on the former headquarters of the New York Times acquired in 2015 for $ 296 million by the Kushner following a line of credit granted by the bank. According to the New York Times,

Requests from regulators to institutions doing business with the Kushner are independent of the investigation by the Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 US election. December financial documents to Deutsche Bank on his business relations with Donald Trump's family empire.

(With AFP)

Financial imbalances will endure the 2018 US economy

Financial imbalances including those in credit markets and the crypto currency will overshadow the US economy that will strengthen in 2018, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. economist Jan Hatzius said in a statement released by Bloomberg on Sunday (31/12). [19659002] Hatzius has made some predictions for the new year, four interest rate hikes by the US Federal Reserve, the growth of real gross domestic product that is so fast that it reaches about 2.6%, the decline in unemployment to around 3.5% and not there are signs of risks.

In a new report, Hatzius repeated his hopes for a better overall economy, despite some concerns.

"Asset valuations in some areas, especially in credit, have risen to levels high by historical standards, "Hatzius said in a report on" 10 Questions in the Year 2018 "issued Last Friday (29/12).

"Although we have not yet seen the kind of big credit expansion that will be particularly worrisome to the American Central Bank's official financial imbalances, there are now some signs of speculative behavior in financial markets, such as crypto currency spikes. "

Goldman Sachs is not the only company to deliver warnings about crypto currency.

Previously, JPMorgan Chase & Co. officials Jamie Dimon calls bitcoin "fraud". US Central Bank President Janet Yellen said bitcoin was a "highly speculative asset", while Central Bank Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said bitcoin was used for speculation. Goldman Sachs also reported setting up the crypto currency trading department.

On the positive side, Hatzius said, the housing sector for families will begin to rise further as demand and supply imbalances continue to compete, despite adverse changes from newly signed tax legislation law by President Donald Trump.

Wage growth in America will improve with the waning of statistical distortions, and there is "evidence that high-income households have tried to delay wage increases in the hope of obtaining lower tax rates," where this could hold some wage data until now, Hatzius said. He added, core inflation will also increase from the current 1.5%. The price of imported goods burdening personal consumption expenditures (PCE) will turn into a boost in the coming year. [em/al]