Breakingviews

A double-speak guide to modern markets

January 5, 2015

As the market perpetually shifts, so do the rhetorical stylings its players use to talk their way out of problems. The past year saw above-average creativity when it came to saying one thing and meaning another. Breakingviews offers up 10 euphemisms we’d like to see disappear.

SoftBank’s bump for Sprint isn’t a knock-out

June 11, 2013

The Japanese group’s new $22 bln offer for a controlling stake in the U.S. telco gives shareholders more value. But investors would retain exposure to a Sprint that has $3 bln more debt than first envisaged. That erodes SoftBank’s key advantage over leveraged rival bidder Dish.

Apple gives finger to the skeptics

September 11, 2013

New plastic and gold iPhones arrived with software, speed and camera upgrades. In lieu of a watch or TV, biometric security features provided the wow factor. Though the bottom-line benefits for Apple aren’t immediately clear, it may have just started a mobile payments revolution.