Oct 30, 2014 17:43 UTC

Tim Cook’s pride may expand corporate talent pool

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

Tim Cook’s pride may expand the corporate talent pool. The Apple chief executive’s decision to speak publicly about being gay should help advance the slow march toward acceptance. As boss of the world’s biggest company by market value, Cook could inspire others, giving C-suites and boardrooms more choice. They need it.

Oct 30, 2014 17:23 UTC

REIT scandal could be good test for Sarbanes-Oxley

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By Reynolds Holding

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

A scandal at one of America’s biggest real-estate investment trusts could be the perfect test for the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. American Realty Capital Properties’ stock tanked nearly 20 percent on Wednesday after the company said mistakes in its financial statements were intentionally left uncorrected. That sounds tailor-made for a case under the often-ignored law inspired by Enron, WorldCom and other accounting debacles.

Oct 30, 2014 07:59 UTC

QE gave emerging markets brief gains, lasting pain

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By Andy Mukherjee

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

Six years of quantitative easing in the United States have brought fleeting gains to emerging markets, and more enduring pain.

Oct 29, 2014 07:25 UTC

Train merger could be China’s ticket to elite club

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By Ethan Bilby

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

China’s bullet-train builders are on track for a tie-up that might help secure membership of an elite club. At first glance, merging CNR and CSR into a domestic monopoly sounds like a step backwards. But it would help China better compete against an oligopoly of big, rich-world rivals. For a growing superpower, that probably seems a good enough reason to bend the market norms.

Oct 28, 2014 15:28 UTC

Rob Cox: Zuckerberg’s Chinese lessons are scalable

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By Rob Cox

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

Mark Zuckerberg whipped up a media frenzy last week. It wasn’t quite as big a deal as inventing Facebook. But journalists, bloggers and the Twitterati went gaga after the social network’s founder conducted a question-and-answer session with students at Beijing’s elite Tsinghua University entirely in Mandarin.

Oct 28, 2014 06:23 UTC

Hong Kong protests reach polite impasse

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By Peter Thal Larsen

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

The most surprising thing about Hong Kong’s pro-democracy campaigners is that they are still there. A month after a small group of students stormed a space outside the government’s head office, the protests now known as the “umbrella movement” have confounded predictions of chaos, apathy or a violent crackdown by China. Though a compromise on democratic reform remains as distant as ever, Hong Kong’s mostly civil activists have changed the city’s political geography for good.

Oct 27, 2014 15:58 UTC

EU bank stress-test winners still short of capital

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By George Hay

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

Investors are turning their noses up at the European bank stress tests. Shares in the sector fell 1.9 percent on average on the morning after publication, with both banks that passed and those that failed being targeted. That’s because a clean bill of health on the test’s headline terms does not necessarily mean a lender has enough capital over the medium term.

Oct 27, 2014 07:09 UTC

Missed stock connection hurts China’s reform drive

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By Peter Thal Larsen

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

China’s financial reform drive has suffered another setback. A flagship scheme to link the Hong Kong and Shanghai stock exchanges has been delayed after regulators failed to approve it ahead of an expected launch on Oct. 27. The setback puts another question mark over why foreign investors would want to access China’s markets in the first place.

Oct 24, 2014 16:32 UTC

Review: World needs agreed ground rules for peace

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By Martin Hutchinson

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

Henry Kissinger argues in “World Order” that the world needs agreed ground rules as a precondition for achieving peace. The prevailing approach in the West, derived from the 1648 Treaty of Westphalia, of nation states with limited conflicts isn’t reflected in the traditions of emerging nations like China or India. However the 1814 Vienna Congress’s innovation of allowing intervention of great powers only to protect stability might work better.

Oct 24, 2014 15:53 UTC

Zuckerberg’s Chinese chat leaves CEOs tongue-tied

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By Katrina Hamlin

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

Mark Zuckerberg may spend his days running a $200 billion internet giant, but somehow he found the time to pick up Chinese. The Facebook founder surprised and delighted his hosts by answering questions in Mandarin during a visit to Beijing on Oct. 22. Other corporate chiefs may feel pressure to do the same.