BAT heaps $47 bln of peer pressure on Reynolds

October 21, 2016

The UK tobacco giant has offered a near 20-pct premium for the 58 pct of the U.S.-based Camel-maker it doesn't own. It's opportunistic - Reynolds just named a new boss, and has disappointed investors. Still, the logic of uniting the two is as hard to resist as a Newport menthol.

Philippines U.S. “goodbye” can fix China FDI gap

October 21, 2016

President Rodrigo Duterte's boast of ditching America for China plays well in Beijing. Cash is a major motivation. China is under-invested in the Philippines compared to elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Funds from the People's Republic can help Duterte deliver on big promises.

Defiant losers are becoming a costly problem

October 20, 2016

Pro-EU campaigners and Britons who live near airports have challenged the will of the majority. Donald Trump may not accept U.S. election results. In finance, companies regularly face and resolve such insurrections. Solutions are similar in politics, but harder to implement.

Final debate leaves American assets less secure

October 20, 2016

The candidates faced off for the last time before the election. The event was supposed to focus on entitlements and the economy. Instead, voters got little substance, more rancor – and no commitment by Donald Trump to accept the will of the people. America just got a bit riskier.

Italy’s flawed hero needs more than Obama backing

October 19, 2016

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's reforms have been praised by the outgoing U.S. president. Yet polls suggest he may soon lose an important constitutional referendum. That would be a shame: Renzi has made mistakes, but his reforms are needed, and a divided Italy needs his dynamism.

Sompo buys $6 bln policy against declining Japan

October 5, 2016

The Tokyo firm is acquiring U.S.-listed peer Endurance. Japanese insurers' hunger to diversify from a tough home market has sparked a string of big deals, sometimes at crazy prices. A $6.3 bln price tag here looks fairly sane given Endurance's assets and growth prospects.

Deutsche Bank has credible shock absorbers

September 30, 2016

The German lender's shares are falling on fears hedge funds are withdrawing cash. No bank would emerge unscathed if customers really turned tail. But Deutsche's relatively strong funding, and a battery of central bank support facilities, suggest liquidity isn't its main headache.

Guest view: A new blueprint for corporate tax

September 30, 2016

Europe's complaint against Ireland and Apple reflects a problem bigger than any one company or country. The global approach to tax is past its sell-by date. A system based on revenue location, and that treats multinationals as single entities, could share the pie more fairly.

CBS-Viacom tie-up may please only the Redstones

September 29, 2016

The controlling family wants to reunite the two media firms. Les Moonves at the stronger CBS would do non-Redstone shareholders a disservice if he paid a full premium, but Viacom's owners might want one. Any middle ground is narrow at best – and a governance minefield.

Past mortgage fines give Deutsche room for hope

September 28, 2016

Settlements by other banks imply the German lender owes up to $5.5 bln for mis-selling mortgage-backed securities. That's much less than the $14 bln the U.S. government wants. But a previous Deutsche fine was much bigger than rivals'. Calculating penalties is an inexact science.