BB&T Acquires SunTrust, China Trade Tensions Ramp Up (Again)

  • BIG BANK DEAL: SunTrust Banks has been acquired by BB&T in the largest bank merger since the financial crisis, Reuters reports. The deal is interesting from a regulatory perspective: it's unclear whether it'll pass FTC muster. Have an account with either bank? Stand by for deal approval from the regulatory body before expecting to hear any changes to your account.

  • TRADE TENSIONS: A tariff deadline is looming: President Donald Trump promised to raise taxes on imported Chinese goods on March 1, Bloomberg reports. While Trump had said he would meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in late February, that meeting no longer seems to be on the table.

  • CHANGING THE WORLD ON A 40 HOUR WORK WEEK: In response to theNew York Times piece on hustle culture that we featured last week, Jennifer Chanshared her thoughts on how workers can still change the world, without devoting their lives to their work.

  • CROWD-FUNDED: Candice Payne, an ordinary woman living on Chicago's South Side, managed to help 30 homeless folks into hotel rooms during last week's cold snap with money she raised through crowdfunding, the New York Times reports. 

  • MONEY REMIX: We are officially obsessed with this Girl Scout troop's remix of Cardi B's Money. (related: it's cookie season, so don't forget to support your local Girl Scout troop!)