[Yahoo/Bloomberg] U.S. Stocks Rise; Pound Gains on Brexit Deal Hope: Markets Wrap

[Reuters] Brexit deal anticipation fuels stocks and sterling

[CNBC] GOP blocks House Democrats’ attempt to pass $2,000 stimulus checks after Trump voices support

[AP] Trump threatens COVID relief bill, testing loyalty of GOP

[CNBC] Covid live updates: Some Americans still planning trips for the new year despite rising cases, new strain

[Reuters] ‘Santa Claus rally’ threatened by COVID-19 resurgence, Georgia elections

[Reuters] Youth unemployment: a scourge of the COVID-19 economy

[Reuters] Millions of U.S. vaccine doses sit on ice, putting 2020 goal in doubt

[Yahoo/Bloomberg] Brexit Deal Gets Held Up by Last-Minute Haggling Over Fish

[Yahoo/Bloomberg] China Targets Jack Ma’s Alibaba Empire in Monopoly Probe

[Yahoo/Bloomberg] M&A Deals Come Roaring Back as Executives Plot Post-Covid Future

[Reuters] Singapore confirms first case of new coronavirus variant found in UK

[Bloomberg] McConnell, GOP Face Double Split With Trump Over Relief, Defense

[Bloomberg] Dollar Loses Luster Against Asia’s Top Performing Currency of 2020

[Bloomberg] New Virus Strain’s Transmissibility to Cause More Deaths: Study

[NYT] The Year the Fed Changed Forever

[NYT] With Alibaba Investigation, China Gets Tougher on Tech

[FT] Tett: Central banks are starting to put more value on anecdotal evidence

[FT] US banks rack up $200bn in fines and penalties over 20 years

[FT] Covid crisis opens chasm between hedge fund winners and losers

[WSJ] How British Scientists Tracked Down the New Covid-19 Variant

[WSJ] How the U.S. Misread China’s Xi: Hoping for a Globalist, It Got an Autocrat