Oct 10, 2014 06:36 UTC

Hong Kong weathers Occupy’s financial disruption

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By Robyn Mak

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

Hong Kong’s economy is coping with pro-democracy protests, now heading into their third week. Some retailers and other businesses have suffered and traffic is bad, but the city’s financial system is undisturbed. A prolonged standoff between protesters and the government matters less to investors than the slowdown in consumption and spending in mainland China. Warnings that the movement would threaten Hong Kong’s financial health look misplaced.

Oct 9, 2014 21:54 UTC

Twitter free-speech chirps carry overtone of risk

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By Reynolds Holding

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

Twitter’s chirping about corporate free speech carries an overtone of risk. After its UK super-injunction tiff, the microblogging service is fighting for the right to disclose secret U.S. demands for data. The two cases show firms have power to resist being muzzled – or forced to speak. That helps check judicial and government overreach, but it could also undermine useful regulation.

Oct 8, 2014 21:08 UTC

A creative NFL would lean in to Sheryl Sandberg as commissioner

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

The latest uproar over the National Football League may have died down, but team owners convening this week are fooling themselves if they think the backlash is over – or that Commissioner Roger Goodell won’t bungle the next big controversy that comes along. An unconventional idea for a replacement is Facebook No. 2 Sheryl Sandberg.

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I like your idea here, however the commissioner has more important thing to do then taking on technological expertise. I don’t think a new commissioner is going to misstep with regard to this because he or she didn’t have a background. Actually, Former Secretary Of State Condileeza Rice says its her dream job. She has the depth the diplomatic and mediation skills and knowledge of the sport. Likewise, she has a sense of what entertainment is having been a concert pianist herself.

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Oct 8, 2014 12:28 UTC

Russian central bank intervention is a dead end

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By Pierre Briançon

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

The Russian central bank is doing what it can. The problem is that it cannot do much. It spent $1.4 billion on Oct. 3 and 6 to try stemming the rouble’s slide. But the currency keeps falling. Spending foreign exchange reserves can make sense – a little – when markets seem lost in a temporary moment of insanity. And the Russian central bank has $470 billion worth of it to spend. But there is nothing irrational about the rouble’s weakness. Its root causes are the deep flaws of the Russian economy, and the country’s new aggressive foreign policy.

Oct 8, 2014 06:55 UTC

Asian fight against capital flight helps dollar

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By Andy Mukherjee

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

The U.S. dollar could be the winner of Asia’s fight against capital flight. The world economy might be the loser.

Oct 6, 2014 11:13 UTC
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Asset price disinflation may be next big thing

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By Edward Hadas

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

The great divergence may be about to come to an end. For investors in almost everything but the safest bonds, that is bad news.

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I’ve been waiting for this.

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Oct 6, 2014 06:33 UTC

China has two bad role models on dealing with debt

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By Andy Mukherjee

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

Economies binging on leverage are all alike – fast-growing and happy. But each country struggling to pay down debt is unhappy in its own way.

Oct 3, 2014 11:12 UTC

Rocket and Zalando call top of Europe’s IPO market

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By Olaf Storbeck

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

Highflying hopes of a renewed surge in European new issues have been hit by two rockets. Weak market debuts for internet fashion retailer Zalando and tech company incubator Rocket Internet appear to mark an early zenith for initial public offerings in the region.

Oct 3, 2014 06:50 UTC

Chinese banks learn Western capital tricks

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By Peter Thal Larsen

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

Chinese banks are learning Western capital tricks. The country’s largest lenders have changed the way they measure the riskiness of their loans. For most, that has made capital ratios look healthier. It’s another reason to question Chinese banks’ balance sheets.

Oct 2, 2014 10:45 UTC

Double-digit oil forces majors into more self-help

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By Fiona Maharg-Bravo

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

The big listed oil companies had enough trouble with profitability when the price of crude was above $100 a barrel. A sustained fall into double-digit territory will force majors to step up their self-help programmes.