Motown’s plan for restructuring $18 bln of debt envisions paying equity holders – i.e. ordinary Detroiters – at the expense of secured creditors. This shareholder-friendly approach might save the city, and make Judge Rhodes a hometown hero. But markets may yet exact a price.
Probes into possible currency market manipulation will speed up industry change. The shift to electronic trading will be accelerated, squeezing banks’ trading profits. And with traders cagier about sharing juicy titbits on flows, exchange rates may start to move differently.
The single-horned stallions have made the leap from legend to run free through Silicon Valley, New York, London and the plains of Israel. The term unicorn is now used to describe the most successful startups. In a different and unintended sense, the trope couldn’t be more apt.
Debt levels have grown, but not nearly as much as chains of interconnected borrowers and lenders. Poor capital allocation has encouraged companies and individuals to step in where banks don’t. Longer chains could magnify the effects of a default and turn confidence to chaos.
The Breakingviews Abenomics Index inched higher in January. But manufacturing stumbled, and the trade deficit zoomed, suggesting anaemic demand both at home and abroad. With wages subdued and sales taxes about to rise, the economy may need a fresh dose of monetary easing.
FMC, a $10 bln pesticide-to-battery-parts maker, is splitting its fast-growing ag and pharma businesses from stodgier commodity minerals. It’s similar to the breakup activist Dan Loeb wants at Dow Chemical. Boss Andrew Liveris is standing firm. FMC’s move weakens his case.
Central banks’ long-range rate forecasts prod excessive financial risk-taking and may slow necessary tightening, says the Bank for International Settlements. Forward guidance fails the risk-reward test. Although the BIS didn’t say it, the policy just doesn’t stack up.
Tencent is injecting its also-ran e-commerce units and $215 million into online retailer JD.com for a 15 percent pre-IPO stake. More importantly, the two will collaborate on mobile commerce. Both companies have the same objective: erode rival Alibaba’s dominant market share.