Dec 24, 2014 05:08 UTC

Cheaper oil no friend to Asia’s households

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By Andy Mukherjee

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

Cheaper fuel sounds like something no household would turn down. Yet falling energy prices are presenting Asia with a worrying prospect: wage growth may slump just when extra income is most needed.

Dec 23, 2014 19:56 UTC

Bank cyberinsurance is overdue to come of age

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By Richard Beales

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

A high-profile hack at JPMorgan – to say nothing of monstrous breaches at Sony and Home Depot – has made cybersecurity a daily concern for executives at big banks and corporations. One partial protection is to take out insurance. It’s a confusing market, but growing fast. With a U.S. government campaign on top of all the publicity, coverage may become standard.

Dec 23, 2014 19:53 UTC

Positive U.S. momentum could grow in 2015

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By Daniel Indiviglio

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

The United States may finally have the recovery it’s been waiting half a decade for. Just a few months ago, risks from abroad felt worrisome. They now pale in comparison to the tailwinds, provided by robust growth and hiring. If housing finally ticks up, even scheduled interest rate hikes look easy to shake off.

Dec 23, 2014 15:57 UTC
Edward Hadas

Even a weaker Islamic State will drag on economy

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By Edward Hadas

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

The rise of Islamic State showed just how narrow purely economic readings of politics can be. The radical group draws support from all social classes and has no economic agenda – it does not promise earthly prosperity nor exploit anyone’s material interests. All the same, its ability to disrupt politics in the already fragmented Middle East could have serious consequences for output and growth.

Dec 23, 2014 15:49 UTC

Meddling will be central banking’s new mantra

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By Andy Mukherjee

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

Central bankers in rich nations have a new mantra: meddle. In a world of ultra-low interest rates, dormant inflation and uncomfortably high leverage, the monetary authorities have to tinker with anything that can have consequences for financial stability.

Dec 23, 2014 12:54 UTC
Edward Hadas

Stick with BRIC

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By Edward Hadas

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

The BRIC ideal is worth keeping. While all four members of the most popular emerging nations club – Brazil, Russia, India and China – face some troubles, the basic idea behind the grouping looks sound.

Dec 23, 2014 05:55 UTC

India’s growth spurt could be for real this time

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By Andy Mukherjee

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

India’s decade-long obsession with GDP expansion has proved a costly misadventure. In recent years, inflation has surged even as growth has slowed, damaging the balance sheets of corporate borrowers as well as state-run lenders.

Dec 22, 2014 22:06 UTC

First case against algorithm could reboot U.S. law

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By Reynolds Holding

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

A new test is coming for U.S. law: the first criminal case against an algorithm. The prosecution of an energy trader essentially turns on whether one computer program duped another. Proving intent seems futuristic at best where software is the de facto defendant.

Dec 22, 2014 21:53 UTC

China-U.S. shift will end Cold War peace dividend

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By Daniel Indiviglio

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

China’s defense outlays may match those of the United States in 15 years. Meanwhile, America’s relative austerity paired with Russian aggression could force European military spending higher. Western makers of aircraft and other weaponry will face new global competition from Chinese companies, though revenue prospects may improve. Governments, meanwhile, may have to choose between just rearming and an all-out arms race.

Dec 22, 2014 06:16 UTC

China will make 2015 year of missed opportunities

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By John Foley

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

The penny is starting to drop for foreign investors in China. Two years into the leadership of President Xi Jinping, there’s little sign of the country opening, relaxing and rebalancing as outsiders expected. It’s likely that 2015 will be another year of missed opportunities.

COMMENT

I do believe that China leaders can cope with the current economic condition just as they have well done in past three decades although they have been suffering so much ulterior motive critics and alarmist of collapse .The government of china is confident of their ability to maneuvre the balance between the economical reform and political reform .now ,most common Chinese are concerned on the economic development rather than political change .

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