May 18, 2012 10:13 UTC
Hugo Dixon

Greek dilemma might come to head before next poll

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By Hugo Dixon

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

So the world has to wait until June 17 to find out whether Greece stays in the euro? Not so fast. Things might come to a head even before the next poll if deposit flight accelerates.

May 18, 2012 10:06 UTC

Botched bailout rebounds on Bankia

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By Fiona Maharg-Bravo

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

Bank nationalisations are never pretty, but they are generally supposed to reassure savers. That’s why a report that depositors fled Bankia after the government last week took control of Spain’s fourth-largest lender is so troubling. The government has denied the report, and Bankia’s new chairman said depositors can be absolutely calm. Yet the latest share price plunge inflicts further pain on clients who participated in the lender’s IPO last summer.

May 17, 2012 20:43 UTC

Facebook tax witch hunt looks in wrong place

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

There’s outrage on Capitol Hill about one tangential aspect of Facebook’s initial public offering. U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Bob Casey object to co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s tax “duck” on his stake in the social network now that he has given up his U.S. citizenship. But becoming a non-American is expensive and complicated. Lawmakers might instead ask what they’re doing wrong for U.S. expatriates even to consider it. 

COMMENT

Mr. Beales,

You would do your readers a service if you would inform them of the last dozen years of history in which Senator Schumer defended the favorable capital gains tax rate that the hedge fund managers of NYC have enjoyed. The 15% that they pay on billions of dollars when they bet that the US economy would tank on the effects of poor mortgage loans is salt in the wound of the millions of workers in this country who pay a significant portion of their income which is based on their labor. Schumer has functioned as a protector of the high and nightly in finance. I suspect that if Saverin had made a large contribution to the Democratic Senate campaign fund he would not be spoken of so harshly.

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May 17, 2012 11:02 UTC

Samsung investors should worry less about Apple

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By Wayne Arnold

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

Samsung investors are worrying too much about Apple. The company’s shares have slid on concern the iPhone’s maker might be buying Japanese memory chips to cut its dependence for parts on its South Korean rival. But Apple’s diversification only reflects how smartphone demand is outpacing parts supply. Apple still needs Samsung and Samsung’s valuation has fallen too far.

May 17, 2012 10:57 UTC

Tempting mining valuations aren’t hard to resist

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By Kevin Allison

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

It’s easy to see the temptation to pile into mining industry bellwethers BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto after the sector’s recent pummelling. The miners’ valuations looked depressed even before the market’s recent Greece-related sell-off. After a near-15 percent slide since May 1, the companies’ shares are trading close to forward enterprise multiples last seen during the dark days of 2008-2009. But any rally could be a way off.

May 17, 2012 10:52 UTC

Emerging markets hit by double troubles

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By Robert Cole and Jeff Glekin

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

Emerging-market investors seem to get hit by trouble near and far. They suffer when euro zone troubles erode investment confidence generally. But they also have their own particular concerns about a slowing China and an intensification of resource nationalism.

May 16, 2012 21:15 UTC

Law site’s IPO evokes a future beyond dying firms

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

LegalZoom’s planned initial public offering evokes a future beyond dying law firms. It’s coincidence that the U.S. self-help legal website’s $120 million filing has landed just as New York partnership Dewey & LeBoeuf is evaporating. But the rise of the online provider of legal documents sends old-line lawyers a sharp warning.

May 15, 2012 21:28 UTC

Oracle suit gives Google a chance not to be evil

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

An Oracle lawsuit is giving Google a golden opportunity to regain its non-evil image. The search giant has been thumped lately on privacy, antitrust and governance grounds. But it looks almost virtuous in a patent spat with Larry Ellison’s Oracle.

May 15, 2012 20:07 UTC

Facebook winning Keynesian beauty contest

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

Give Facebook the tiara. The social network may be worth more than $100 billion on its debut. As a result, the art of valuing Facebook has officially entered what economist John Maynard Keynes called the “beauty contest” realm. In justifying such a lofty number, Facebook’s supporters are resorting to increasingly wacky rationalizations, from the old chestnut monetization of eyeballs to comparing the company to credit scorers. But Facebook’s value, like beauty, is merely in the eyes of the beholder.

May 15, 2012 09:54 UTC

Euro stocks discount lion’s share of new fear

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By Robert Cole

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

It’s hard to be bullish about European equities. The economies look weak both inside and outside the euro zone and the single currency’s crisis only seems to get worse. But the share prices may be discounting even more bad news.