Sep 5, 2014 13:25 UTC

Euro has further to fall

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By Swaha Pattanaik

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

Euro zone inflation is too low, and economic activity sluggish. But at least one thing is going the European Central Bank’s way. Its hankering for a weaker currency will be fully gratified.

Sep 5, 2014 06:04 UTC

South Korea repeats Sweden’s monetary mistake

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By Andy Mukherjee 

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

South Korea’s finance minister has warned that the economy is entering “an early stage of deflation”. His admonition should stir the country’s central bank from slumber.

Sep 4, 2014 14:02 UTC

Scottish secessionists in bind over North Sea oil

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By Fiona Maharg-Bravo

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

How much oil is left in the North Sea? The question is playing a key role in the debate over Scottish independence, since most of the bounty would probably remain in Scotland, and would make up around 15 percent of national output. But the real question isn’t just how much is left, but what politicians can do to get it out of the ground.

Sep 4, 2014 06:59 UTC

China’s consumers show early signs of a debt wish

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By John Foley

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

It’s a truism that Chinese people don’t like to borrow – but one that may no longer be true. China hasn’t gorged on consumer lending in the way that U.S. shoppers did, but rising credit card activity shows their traditional aversion to debt is fading fast.

Sep 3, 2014 21:24 UTC

Home Depot hack scarier than Hollywood breach

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By Richard Beales

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

It’s no surprise that stolen nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence attract more attention than a nerdy report on Home Depot’s security breach. But it’s an unfortunate reality that Hollywood celebrities need to guard their privacy, whether threatened by paparazzi or hackers. Corporate breaches that expose millions of people to financial loss are, on the other hand, in a different league.

With Home Depot, it’s not yet clear what the scale of any hacking may have been, or whether the company’s systems were violated despite strong defenses. But security blogger Brian Krebs said he had received information suggesting the Home Depot episode could be larger than last year’s hack of Target. That attack, which he first publicized, exposed the credit card data of at least 40 million customers.

COMMENT

Easier to pay cash when you go to Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s and other stores. Of course, you are sometimes considered old-fashioned if you do so, but better safe than sorry.

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Sep 3, 2014 08:22 UTC
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E-book: Alibaba and the twelve digits

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By Breakingviews columnists

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

 

China’s e-commerce colossus is hitting the road for a $100-billion-plus IPO. But a spectacular growth story comes with quirks, including bizarre governance and founder Jack Ma’s penchant for offbeat deals. Breakingviews offers a punchy primer on the risks and rewards.

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Sep 3, 2014 08:17 UTC

Tianhe fraud claims hit at China free-rider effect

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By John Foley

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

Fraud allegations and China are seemingly inseparable. Tianhe Chemicals, an industrial group that listed in Hong Kong less than three months ago, is under fire from a group alleging it cooked its books. This challenges not just the company’s integrity, but investors’ belief that when big names have pored over an initial public offering, they don’t have to.

Sep 2, 2014 07:20 UTC

Six steps to Alibaba’s twelve-figure valuation

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By Peter Thal Larsen 

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

How do you value a tech company? What about a dominant, fast-growing, profitable tech company with no peers that operates in an opaque economy? Fund managers need to decide as Alibaba kicks off the roadshow for its long-awaited initial public offering. Breakingviews offers a six-step guide to sizing up China’s biggest e-commerce group.

COMMENT

I would not say Alibaba is out. It’s a brand has several sub brands underneath, such as Taobao, Tianmao, and probably more. Taobao targets small business vendors, Tianmao is for Brands. What was the number of cash flow Taobao + Tianmao made within 24 hrs on the 11th of last November? 6 billion dollars. It’s a win win for both sides, for example brand Jack Jones made 2 million dollars within just one hour, that’s just insane. It’s hard to believe a giant thing like this is out when there’s nothing replaceable.

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Sep 1, 2014 12:36 UTC

Gold’s geopolitical ledge won’t hold up

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By Ian Campbell

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

The Ukrainian crisis and Middle Eastern conflict have provided a respite for the price of gold. After going over a cliff and dropping from heights of $1,700 an ounce during 2013, it has found a ledge at around $1,300. The ledge is eroding.

Sep 1, 2014 06:32 UTC

Democracy snub leaves Hong Kong only bad choices

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By Peter Thal Larsen

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

Hong Kong’s narrowing options over future leadership elections could have broad repercussions. Voters in the former colony face only bad choices after Beijing proposed a tightly controlled system for choosing its chief executive. The decision escalates the risk of a showdown with protestors. It also suggests China’s leaders care ever less about the rest of the world’s opinion.

COMMENT

Maybe the EU will impose sanctions on China, along with the US like they did when Ukraine attacked the East. This should be real interesting…..

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