Nov 18, 2014 20:13 UTC

Rob Cox: Good news for guns is bad for gunmakers

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

Two days after the U.S. midterm elections on Nov. 4, National Rifle Association Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre crowed about the success his group achieved in helping Republicans take control of the Senate and getting pro-gun candidates elected nationwide, effectively putting a bullet in legislative attempts to enact new federal controls on firearms.

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“Their problem is that weapon sales are driven by fear.”

Duh. That’s why they have the NRA. Which has basically become a partisan dealer lobby and giant turd-stirring machine to drum up business.

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Nov 17, 2014 12:09 UTC
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Guest view: German growth fears are overblown

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By Mark Haefele

Mark Haefele is global chief investment officer at UBS Wealth Management. The opinions expressed are his own.

With GDP growing just 0.1 percent in the third quarter, it’s fair to say the recent news about the German economy has been poor. However, it would be unwise to get too caught up in the slowdown hype. Although the European Commission downgraded its forecast for the country’s 2015 GDP growth to 1.1 percent earlier this month, our research indicates this should be more like 1.5 percent. Despite renewed uncertainty over the euro zone’s stuttering economy, and over European Central Bank policy in particular, Germany is still competitive enough to pave the way for euro zone growth next year.

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‘Germany should remain a primary driver of European growth next year’

That would be the UK, growing more right now than the entire eurozone put together.
You actually meant the eurozone, not Europe. I am not surprised though as you managed to conflate the two several times in this article.

‘The euro could be stronger than expected’

Or this could be the year that Italy defaults, with the resulting inevitable Euro devaluation forcing Germany out of the eurozone. Aren’t guessing games fun?

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Nov 14, 2014 18:00 UTC

EU helps New York beat London in hot art market

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By Carol Ryan

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

Contemporary art just keeps on getting hotter. Christie’s smashed its own record on Wednesday night, selling $853 million of works in its New York auction, including Andy Warhol’s “Triple Elvis,” Jeff Koons’ orange balloon monkey and an untitled work by Cy Twombly.

Nov 14, 2014 15:44 UTC

Review: Through a distorting mirror, darkly

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By Martin Langfield

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

William Gibson’s new novel “The Peripheral” paints future worlds that are built of present fears writ large. Trading algorithms not only roil financial markets, they hunt in packs and travel in time. Nanotech eats people. Money corrupts and spies surveil even more than now. Human decency, though, has at least a fighting chance.

Nov 14, 2014 15:17 UTC
Edward Hadas

Euro zone stuck between health and healing crisis

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By Edward Hadas

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

If the euro zone economy were in truly dire condition, someone might do something dramatic. In fact, gross domestic product in the third quarter increased by a paltry 0.2 percent. That is not healthy, but neither is it bad enough to convince governments or central bankers to take the risks of a radically new approach to fiscal, monetary or regulatory policy.

Nov 13, 2014 16:13 UTC

Heady Topper points to beer business peak

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By Rob Cox

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

John Kimmich sparked a Twitter mini-sensation last month when he posted a picture someone had sent him of a four-pack of Heady Topper, the unfiltered double IPA he produces at his Vermont brewery, The Alchemist. The photo showed four 16-ounce cans sitting unrefrigerated, with a $42 price tag. “Shameful,” he tweeted.

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What? Back to the ’80s? Microbreweries have been in fashion and out of fashion; some population centers can support an “x” number of them but not above a certain number. The concept of “artisanal” beers is note worthy and commendable but, again, nothing new. Investment-wise, they should only be considered by hobbyists who are not looking to build empires that support workers and their families and not to generate any IPO.

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Nov 12, 2014 08:24 UTC

Japan index: Tightening the purse strings

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By Katrina Hamlin

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

Unexpected growth in manufacturing output helped our alternative economic index to a new high in September. But it wasn’t enough to lift consumers: stagnant wages and higher sales taxes left spending in the doldrums. No wonder the central bank decided to ramp up bond purchases.

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please explain how giving billions to currency traders and bankers helps the average person. Bond buy and ramping stock market actually hur people

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Nov 12, 2014 06:06 UTC

Chinese flirt app seeks undiscerning IPO investors

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By Robyn Mak

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

China’s latest tech initial public offering looks like a date from hell. Social network Momo has a fast growing user base and puts a flirtatious twist on location-based chat apps. But a recent history of widening losses and very peculiar governance risks suggest investors should commit at their own risk.

Nov 11, 2014 07:47 UTC

China embraces troublesome cult of consumption

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By John Foley 

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

China has no more potent symbol of consumer power than “Singles’ Day”. Alibaba, the e-commerce giant that invented the shopping frenzy which takes place every Nov. 11, shifted $2 billion of goods on its websites in the first hour of trading. If consumers kept that up all year, retail sales in the People Republic would be five times bigger than they actually were in 2013. Fortunately, they don’t.

Nov 10, 2014 07:18 UTC

Obama and Xi compete to put the “I” in “APEC”

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By John Foley 

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

There is no “I” in “APEC”. Yet the leaders of China and the United States are both using the Beijing round of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation this week to push their own agendas. Using the global stage to play domestic political games leaves room for dangerous mistakes.