Dec 19, 2012 07:38 UTC

South Korea’s next leader will face a currency war

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

By Andy Mukherjee

Every new South Korean president has to contend with sabre-rattling by Pyongyang. It won’t be any different this time. North Korea’s recent rocket launch shows just what kind of reception the next occupant of Seoul’s Blue House can expect from across the demilitarized zone.

Dec 18, 2012 18:23 UTC

Market signals turning point in U.S. gun debate

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By Robert Cyran

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

Private equity isn’t known for squeamishness – or for dumping promising investments. So it’s significant that Cerberus Capital Management is selling its stake in Freedom Group, the largest U.S. firearms maker, following the Newtown school atrocity last week. Gunmakers’ shares are plunging, too: big money is betting on tougher restrictions.

Dec 18, 2012 02:34 UTC

India in depth: Consumption bets will outperform

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By Andy Mukherjee

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

The Indian economy has at least another year of poor-quality GDP growth ahead of it, even if the pace of expansion is somewhat faster than the 5.5 percent expected for 2012.

Dec 17, 2012 20:57 UTC

Congress should push for mandatory gun insurance

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By Robert Cyran and Reynolds Holding

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

Congress should push for mandatory gun insurance. Firearm ownership is a U.S. constitutional right. But as last week’s massacre again demonstrated, it comes at a cost. Requiring liability coverage could be one way to keep the most dangerous weapons from unstable hands without infringing the law.

COMMENT

I totally agree with guns requiring liability insurance, even in case of a stolen weapon, the owner / insurance should liable if it was due to his negligence.

For all you gun nuts flashing the 2nd amendment. Realize that the 2nd amendment was not written by God, it was written by men & at a time when the world was a much different place with very different weapons.

You want to own a weapon, you should also own the responsibility & liability.

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Dec 14, 2012 05:52 UTC

India’s Jet a better bet than Kingfisher for Etihad

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By Andy Mukherjee and Una Galani

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

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways is spoilt for choice in India: It could decide to be a white knight to billionaire Vijay Mallya’s beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines. Or the Gulf carrier could snap up a smaller stake in Jet Airways, which controls a quarter of the domestic Indian market. The latter looks the better bet.

Dec 12, 2012 13:07 UTC

Diageo’s M&A machine misfires with Jose Cuervo

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By Quentin Webb

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

The sun is setting on Diageo’s ambitions to be a big shot in tequila. A generous reading is that Diageo remains disciplined about deals. But letting Jose Cuervo go is a meaningful setback in the group’s largest market.

Dec 11, 2012 13:53 UTC

Record fine shows some banks are too big to indict

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By Dominic Elliott

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

HSBC’s $1.9 billion fine for money-laundering is a record for a bank, but its one-off nature means that it’s largely symbolic for an institution with a market cap of 118 billion pounds. The outcome could have been worse. Some U.S. regulators wanted to indict the UK lender, according to a New York Times report, but they backed down on fears that a heavy-handed approach could destroy HSBC’s U.S. arm and destabilise the wider banking system.

Dec 7, 2012 20:13 UTC

Freeport deal triangle gets cozier and cozier

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By Christopher Swann

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

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold’s foray into energy keeps getting cozier for the top executives involved. The U.S. mining group’s market value has plunged $6 billion following news of its planned purchase of Plains Exploration & Production and McMoRan Exploration. Yet Jim Bob Moffett, Freeport’s chairman, and James Flores, chief executive of Plains, will come out ahead.

Dec 6, 2012 18:48 UTC

HP breakup is on tech world’s 2013 agenda

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By Rob Cox and Robert Cyran

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

David Packard and William Hewlett may be Silicon Valley’s answer to Romulus and Remus in Rome’s founding story, but the era of their brainchild, Hewlett-Packard, as an everything-to-everyone conglomerate is coming to an end. Chief Executive Meg Whitman and HP’s board, not to mention investors, won’t stick around for an arduous and risky five-year turnaround project. Breaking the company into good bits and selling bad ones must be on the agenda for 2013.

COMMENT

Dell also includes the former Perot Systems (similar to HP’s EDS). Doesn’t this effectively count the value of EDS twice – alone, and in the PC division (a la Dell)?

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Dec 6, 2012 15:18 UTC

Barclays bet lives up to rich billing for Qatar

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By Una Galani

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

A massive bet on Barclays is living up to its rich billing for Qatar. The complex 3.4 billion pound investment in the UK bank has earned a 19 percent internal rate of return for the sovereign fund, according to a Breakingviews calculation. That’s pretty good, factoring in the huge risk of propping up a universal bank at the height of the financial crisis. But it will grate for Barclays shareholders who resented the deal in the first place.