The long-awaited parliamentary report on UK banks is underwhelming. A “Fred Goodwin” law that could put the reckless in prison is a bold idea. A call for an inquiry into banking competition is right but hardly novel. Ultimately, the work is long on words and short on deeds.
Mengniu’s $1.6 billion bid for Yashili gives the target’s founding clan the chance to cozy up to a national champion, and buyout firm Carlyle a good return. Other investors are less fortunate - they will be selling for less than Yashili’s IPO price just three years ago.
The bank blamed a tough March and April for a 27 pct drop in Q2 fixed-income trading. That’s at odds with both market data and larger rivals – JPMorgan, for one, was well up on last year as of May. It doesn’t help that newly private Jefferies’ opacity makes comparisons tricky.
The rich world summit could come up with a substantive agreement on corporate tax avoidance. It might be an important step towards an efficient global system. But it can’t do much without a broader consensus. Leaders need to be tax reform evangelists, both at home and abroad.
The country’s plan to hike energy prices is a welcome reduction in a $20 billion subsidy bill. But inflation could surge, raising the risk of capital outflows. That leaves the central bank no room to offset the fiscal tightening; sacrificing GDP growth is the only option.
The telecom company had a $93 bln bid for Telefonica blocked by Madrid, according to a Spanish newspaper. The target has denied the story. But it’s a sign of the problem AT&T faces: a lofty stock multiple makes M&A tempting, but it seems shut out of both domestic and foreign deals.
The election of moderate cleric Hassan Rohani to the presidency showed the level of public discontent with Iran’s ruling hardliners. A radical change in foreign policy, allowing an economic turnaround, is unlikely. But the balance of power in Tehran has definitely shifted.