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Bloomberg gives Clinton big wet Wall Street kiss

By Rob Cox
July 25, 2016

The former Republican New York mayor, who considered an independent run for president, will endorse the Democratic nominee at the party's convention this week. Bloomberg's backing will play like an endorsement from the financial-industry plutocracy. Clinton could do without that.

Clinton and Kaine become globalization’s defenders

July 23, 2016

The Democratic presidential candidate selected Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. The former governor is a moderate who backed trade deals in the past. Their first task will be to win over liberals who supported Bernie Sanders and are being courted by Donald Trump.

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Viewsroom: Republican convention, Tesla, banks

July 22, 2016

The confab to anoint Donald Trump the GOP presidential candidate is full of controversy, but short on business support and cogent financial policy. Tesla boss Elon Musk unveils his master plan, to underwhelming response. And there are silver linings to recent ho-hum bank results.

Review: Trump foretold his own grander artifice

By Rob Cox
July 22, 2016

Despite recent misgivings by its ghostwriter, "Art of the Deal" is a useful volume to revisit as the Republican convention points to the November election. The blustery façade even in 1987 masked a dearth of substance. Potemkin showmanship was, and is, Trump's greatest skill.

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.

Assembling economic dream team is more than a game

July 14, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump soon will unveil detailed economic plans as party officials gather at upcoming conventions. To help them draft a team of advisers, Breakingviews blends the fun of fantasy sports with the real consequences of policy in a new interactive graphic.

Trump’s Fed position befits a banana republic

By Rob Cox
May 6, 2016

The reality-TV veteran turned White House contender says Janet Yellen is following the right monetary policy, but he’d replace her because she’s not a Republican. That’s not only a break with decorum. It’s a red flag that a President Trump would meddle in central-banking affairs.

Financiers may want to keep a closer eye on Trump

May 4, 2016

The bellicose real-estate mogul has all but sewed up the Republican presidential nomination. Markets are pricing in a Hillary Clinton victory, however, as Carlyle’s David Rubenstein told an elite Beverly Hills gathering. Trump doubters have learned how the odds can swing quickly.

Scalia’s empty seat reverberates beyond Washington

February 26, 2016

Dow Chemical is paying $835 mln in a decade-old lawsuit that was heading to the Supreme Court. The company decided the conservative judge’s death changed the balance of the outcome and settled. It’s a reminder that politics surrounding the top U.S. bench has real-world effects.

Cox: How gun control is like zero interest rates

By Rob Cox
January 5, 2016

A White House order to require more dealers selling their wares at gun shows to conduct background checks has kicked off the third firearms bubble of Obama’s presidency. As in previous booms, bringing forward future demand stores up trouble down the road for the weapons trade.