Breakingviews

Credit Suisse beats Deutsche despite rotten year

June 29, 2016

The banks' stocks are down 50 pct since they switched leaders last July. Deutsche boss John Cryan had the harder task. But while Credit Suisse's Tidjane Thiam botched an investment bank revamp, geographic and business mix suggests he's more likely to restore shareholder value.

Local brands lead race for China’s savvy consumers

June 29, 2016

From shampoo to snacks, upstart Chinese companies are challenging foreign rivals, a new report shows. They heed digital trends, adapt to local tastes and respond to customers' increasingly sophisticated demands. Western firms that don't follow their lead risk being left behind.

Chancellor: Brexit can make a stronger, fairer UK

June 28, 2016

The British elected to pop the UK’s bubble economy, which delivers appalling productivity growth and unequally distributed gains. Turmoil unleashed by the vote could put the economy on a sounder footing. As asset prices deflate, the distribution of wealth becomes less unequal.

Lyft mulls trip out of capital destruction

June 28, 2016

The $5.5 bln ride-hailing app has hired Frank Quattrone’s Qatalyst – an adviser with a knack for selling tech firms at hefty premiums. With rivals Uber and Didi raising and burning billions in an attempt to gain control of markets, M&A discretion may prove wiser than valor.

Bank stress exams may test investor patience

June 28, 2016

Results are due this week from the Fed on how 33 financial institutions performed in a simulated bad economic downturn. Countercyclical factors included this year could mean even banks that ace the tests will be required to keep more profit rather than pay out bigger dividends.

Football apart, UK has no reason to envy Iceland

June 28, 2016

The Nordic nation outshone England on the pitch but its EU trade ties are nothing to emulate. It has the single market access that Britain already enjoys, only without any say over the rules. Nor can it dodge the free movement of people or contributions to the bloc’s budget.

China has more to lose from Western turmoil

June 28, 2016

As voters in developed countries reject globalisation, Premier Li Keqiang has called for more international economic cooperation. That makes sense: rising protectionism and resistance to foreign investment will hurt Chinese business and exacerbate its own economic slowdown.

Trump and UK’s Leave campaign are peas in a pod

By Rob Cox
June 27, 2016

Like the Brexiteers, the presidential nominee says things often disproven by facts. He makes promises without plans to enact them. When these prove unworkable, there’s regret and backtracking. By invoking NATO’s future, the stakes may be as high or higher for a Trump victory.

Britain was lost on the playing fields of Eton

June 27, 2016

The school’s alumni include outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron and Boris Johnson, who hopes to replace him. The Duke of Wellington supposedly attributed his victory at Waterloo to an Eton education. Cameron’s folly in calling an EU referendum suggests less desirable aspects.

“Frack Master” suit is a sign of bezzle shrinkage

June 27, 2016

The U.S. SEC says Chris Faulkner inflated his shale-oil company’s prospects, then blew $80 mln of investors’ money on dodgy expenses. Hard times tend to reveal bad boom-era behavior. The oil patch’s lax governance makes it an obvious place for regulators to hunt for culprits.