Monday, January 29

ByKevin Sheekey

Most Read/Emailed on the Bloomberg Terminal:
Massive Cryptocurrency Heist Spurs Calls for More Regulation (Bloomberg)

President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address tomorrow night will be one of his last, best chances to win over more of America’s public to his nationalist agenda ahead of midterm elections. Trump to Test Political Base with Bipartisan Call in Key Speech (Bloomberg)

Sentiment among London’s Brexit-hit bankers sank to its gloomiest depths since the 2008 financial crisis, a survey showed — a stark contrast to the bullish tone of finance executives gathered last week in Davos, Switzerland. London’s Bankers Haven’t Been This Gloomy Since 2008 (Bloomberg)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will travel to Tokyo for his country’s first joint summit with Japan and South Korea since 2015, the clearest sign yet of improving ties between the three neighbors. China Will Join First Japan, South Korea Summit Since 2015 (Bloomberg)

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and other billionaires were released after three months in detention in their luxury jail at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh. What’s Next for Saudi’s Elite After Leaving Ritz? (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg TicToc, our Twitter TV network, is showing early signs of success: Bloomberg’s Twitter TV Network TicToc Is Already Getting 750,000 Viewers Per Day (Digiday)

From Barron’s cover story this weekend — Goldman shares could rise another 20% this year if they continue with the improvements they’re making. How Goldman Sachs is Regaining Its Touch (Barron’s – subscription)

Bloomberg Philanthropies has recognized 9 U.S. cities with high achievement in how well the cities use data-driven decisions to improve residents’ lives. These 9 American Cities are Revolutionizing How Data Can Improve Lives (Quartz)

Weekend Best:

Mike Bloomberg, outgoing president of the Alfalfa Club, introduced former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry as the next president of the club at the group’s annual dinner in Washington on Saturday.

Mike said: “Who needs the White House when you can be president of the Alfalfa Club? Actually, I’ve loved every minute of it. I come to the office every weekday at 11 a.m.” “Two of our most powerful members — Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan — haven’t had an easy year … They’ve had to deal with the Democratic resistance, led by Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, Joe Biden and Jerry Brown. No wonder the Democratic Party is fighting so hard to protect Medicare!”

Read more: John Kerry at Alfalfa Club: “Thank God I Didn’t Get Swift-Yachted” (Axios)

Best of Late Night:

George W. Bush (Will Ferrell) returned to open Saturday Night Live from a makeshift Oval Office in Texas.

“According to a new poll, my approval rating is at an all time high. That’s right. Donny Q. Trump came in and suddenly I’m looking pretty sweet by comparison. At this rate, I might wind up on Mount Rushmore, right next to Washington, Lincoln and — I want to say, Kensington? I don’t know. But the point is, I’m suddenly popular AF.”

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