from Breakingviews:

Rouble free fall throws Russia into ugly spiral

December 16, 2014

The Central Bank of Russia was successful for about two hours. Its overnight decision to hike the main interest rate from 10.5 percent to 17 percent initially shocked markets enough to arrest the rouble’s fall after the currency sank almost 12 percent on Dec. 15. But the Russian currency quickly resumed its slide, smashing record lows – as if the central bank hadn’t moved at all. That leaves policymakers with few sensible short-term options. Further out, only an end to the Ukrainian stand-off and related Western sanctions or sharply higher oil prices could soothe markets. Neither is likely to happen soon.

from Hugo Dixon:

Greece still several steps from chaos

By Hugo Dixon
December 15, 2014

By Hugo Dixon

Hugo Dixon is Editor-at-Large, Reuters News. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

French reform bill more talk than walk

December 10, 2014

By Pierre Briançon

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Tesco troubles are deep and long-lasting

December 9, 2014

By Robert Cole

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

UK’s economic torpor looks structural

By Edward Hadas
December 4, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Edward Hadas:

Cultural gloom spawns economic decay

By Edward Hadas
December 4, 2014

By Edward Hadas

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

E.ON’s “bad power” spinoff promises little upside

December 1, 2014

By Olaf Storbeck

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Private equity shows signs of pre-crisis brio

November 25, 2014

By Chris Hughes and Olaf Storbeck

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

from Hugo Dixon:

What to do about populism?

By Hugo Dixon
November 24, 2014

By Hugo Dixon

Hugo Dixon is Editor-at-Large, Reuters News. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

London gets closer to harsh bonus cap reality

November 20, 2014

By Dominic Elliott

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.