Dec 11, 2013 06:43 UTC

Private equity taps happy hour at Oriental Brewery

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By Una Galani

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

Oriental Brewery may produce a happy hour for its private equity investors. Belgium’s Anheuser-Busch InBev has started discussions over buying back the South Korean brewer, which it sold to Kohlberg Kravis Roberts in 2009 for $1.8 billion. A back-of-the-beer mat calculation suggests that would earn OB’s private equity backers a 34 percent annualized return.

Dec 11, 2013 06:33 UTC

Japan index: Abenomics momentum masks weakness

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By Andy Mukherjee

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

A second straight gain in October pushed the Breakingviews Abenomics index to its highest since the 2008 crisis. But Prime Minister Shinzo Abe must worry about the durability of the recovery. Wage gains aren’t yet large enough to compensate households for rising prices.

Dec 10, 2013 12:04 UTC
Edward Hadas

Mandela’s successors can shape his economic legacy

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By Edward Hadas

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

As world leaders gather to remember Nelson Mandela, they may ponder South Africa’s middle-income trap, with economic growth held back by poor education, inadequate investment and excessive corruption. Yet compared with other post-colonial economies, even stagnation would be a tribute to Mandela’s peace-making.

COMMENT

The threat of industrial and mineral “nationalization” is ever present in SA, and that specter is already hurting developmental momentum of its economy. Investors don’t like uncertainty.

Unfortunately, the wide-eyed idealists who initially occupy the political halls of emerging nations such as South Africa, reach too readily, heavily, and often into the pockets of what should be their economy’s saviors…its capital investors.

Then the politicians point fingers, blame conspiracies in general, and the U.S. or Eurozone specifically when capital-flight sets in.

My guess is South Africa will soon go the way of Venezuela and others.

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Dec 10, 2013 07:44 UTC

Narendra Modi could be India’s Shinzo Abe

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By Andy Mukherjee

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

Narendra Modi could be India’s Shinzo Abe. If the recent state polls are any indicator of the electorate’s mood, the opposition politician will be prime minister of the world’s largest democracy by May next year. Just like his Japanese counterpart, Modi would oversee higher asset prices and revive growth, but struggle with structural reforms.

Dec 9, 2013 13:08 UTC

FX increasingly slave to other markets’ moves

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By Swaha Pattanaik

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

Currencies have been especially tough to call in the past year. New analysis suggests that when global interest rates are uniformly low, moves in the mammoth foreign exchange market seem to be a by-product of what is happening in stocks or bonds. That makes predictions almost impossible.

Dec 9, 2013 08:35 UTC

Banks’ taper rehearsal gives emerging markets hope

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By Andy Mukherjee

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

The banking industry’s dress rehearsal for tapering by the Federal Reserve has given emerging markets hope.

Dec 6, 2013 13:49 UTC
Edward Hadas

Cheap money wrong cure for West’s long-term stasis

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By Edward Hadas

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

When distinguished economists come close to defending asset price bubbles, something has gone badly wrong. Larry Summers, for example, overestimates the power of monetary policy and underestimates the importance of economic trends.

Dec 6, 2013 02:12 UTC

Benefits of being “G-SIFI” seem to outweigh costs

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By Peter Thal Larsen

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

The benefits of being labeled “too big to fail” may just outweigh the costs. Since regulators first published their list of global systemically important financial institutions, or G-SIFIs, the banks concerned have boosted capital and tamped down balance sheets. But smaller lenders, particularly in Europe, have done the same without joining the club. And shareholders seem not to notice much of a difference.

Dec 5, 2013 22:15 UTC

Mandelanomics was too conventional to shine

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

Nelson Mandela, who has died aged 95, was a rare and brave leader. But economically he was, ironically enough, too timid. He set post-apartheid South Africa on course toward a mostly free market economy with stable finances, avoiding the errors of others like neighboring Zimbabwe. But he left the country slow-growing and still suffering from inequality.

Dec 5, 2013 15:39 UTC

Forget museum art – Banksy might help Detroit

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By Richard Beales and Kevin Allison
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

Christie’s says artworks owned by bankrupt Detroit could fetch up to $866 million. But there’s no need to stop there. With 78,000 abandoned buildings and a Banksy tag potentially worth $1 million or more, graffiti could help save the day.

COMMENT

Shallow and vague……….Banksy does what he does for artistic values not for money. Art made for money is worthless.

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