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Trump chooses fear mongering over economic promise

July 22, 2016

The White House hopeful was anointed at the GOP convention. He and other speakers, like tech investor Peter Thiel, presented a dire picture. The economy is stable but violence at home and abroad has unnerved voters. The grim message, coupled with populist appeal, could resonate.

Malaysia fiasco undercuts Goldman’s standards push

July 22, 2016

After the financial crisis, the Wall Street firm overhauled its business practices in an effort to avoid big reputational as well as financial risks. But its dealings with scandal-hit sovereign fund 1MDB, spelled out in new lawsuits, cast doubt on the depth of Goldman's changes.

Elon Musk’s new plan will test investor faithful

July 21, 2016

The Tesla boss has a compelling vision for building more vehicles with more autonomy for a sharing economy. But Musk's missive fails to address shareholder concerns about the electric carmaker's planned merger with SolarCity. It's also unclear how he will finance his ambitions.

EasyJet is post-Brexit bet for the brave

July 21, 2016

The UK airline says it doesn’t know what security scares, currency turmoil and Britain’s exit from Europe will do to earnings. The shares have fallen around 30 pct in less than a month. Yet in past downturns easyJet has snatched market share. There’s no reason it can’t again.

Fat-tail US legal risk keeps Malaysian scandal hot

July 21, 2016

The Justice Department has alleged over $3.5 bln was siphoned off from 1MDB. The legal details join the dots of the controversy, with plenty of colour. Everyone involved with the sovereign fund, from the Malaysian premier to Goldman Sachs, should feel uncomfortable.

Republicans find Hillary easier mark than economy

By Rob Cox
July 20, 2016

The GOP convention day devoted to jobs was spent bashing the Democratic rival instead. Low unemployment makes important caveats harder to knock. America is also in a healthy state relative to the world. Voters prefer Trump on economic matters but he is struggling on substance.

VW profit rebound may run out of gas

July 20, 2016

While the emission scandal's costs are rising, Volkswagen has beaten second quarter operating profit forecasts by a mile. Successful cost cutting and rising sales point to inherent strengths. Yet a new risk looms: a possible slump in car demand due to the shock of Brexit.

The realist’s approach to Brexit

July 20, 2016

It's easy to think of things Britain might want to keep if it leaves the European Union. But an alternative approach is to work out what aspects it most wants to cast off. That leads to a difficult conclusion: what the UK really wants is what it already has.

ASML could be cousin to ARM in next tech wave

July 20, 2016

Like the UK chip-designer Japan's SoftBank has agreed to buy, ASML is a niche but dominant player. Its tools make chips smaller and punchier. ASML would be harder to take over than ARM, but if big data and the internet of things merit the hype, it's in a good position to cash in.

Activist faces long odds to stop Baidu video deal

July 20, 2016

Acacia Partners objects to a bid from Baidu's CEO for the group's video unit. The U.S. fund is right to highlight potential conflicts of interest. But it is hard to see an activist victory here, given the boss's influence. Same goes for China's other internet giants.