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Aug 30, 2013
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Review: Thatcher’s determination battled her flaws

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By Martin Hutchinson
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The first volume of Charles Moore’s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher covers the British prime minister’s life “From Grantham to the Falklands”. In his recounting of her childhood and early years in power, Moore shows her great determination, which was often needed to overcome previous mistakes.

Jul 12, 2013
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Review: “Balance” missing from analysis of decline

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By Martin Hutchinson

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Some books cannot be judged by their titles. “Balance – The Economics of Great Powers from Ancient Rome to Modern America” is one. Glenn Hubbard, former Council of Economic Advisers chairman and adviser to Mitt Romney, and Tim Kane of the Hudson Institute think-tank are anything but balanced in their effort to draw lessons for the United States from the fate of past great powers.

Jul 8, 2013
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America’s oldest lender may inspire a new beat

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By Martin Hutchinson and Antony Currie
The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

America’s onetime oldest lender might provide the beat for a new generation. First Pennsylvania needed a bailout from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp in 1980 after rising rates whacked its portfolio of U.S. Treasuries. It’s easier to hedge such risks now, though not perfectly. And financial institutions these days mark securities they own to market prices. Complacency could cause bank history to rhyme.

Apr 25, 2013

Flawed Mexican banking revamp deserves a shot

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expressed are his own.)

By Martin Hutchinson

NEW YORK, April 25 (Reuters Breakingviews) – Mexico’s
banking revamp – postponed this week – deserves a shot. The
reforms include a universal credit registry and easier
foreclosure, both big improvements that could boost consumer
borrowing and spending. But they also allow the regulator to
force banks to lend. That’s a flaw that leaves the risk of a
Brazil-style hangover.

Apr 12, 2013
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Review: Stockman polemic gloomily convincing

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By Martin Hutchinson

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

David Stockman is a polemicist. “The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America”, the new book by the former adviser to President Ronald Reagan and private equity magnate, is a tirade, arguing over more than 700 pages that crony capitalism and central planning have increasingly corrupted U.S. policy since the Franklin Roosevelt administration.

Apr 10, 2013
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Cyprus and Jamaica – a tale of two island bailouts

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By Martin Hutchinson
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Being an island is tough. Cyprus and Jamaica both have a tourism-led economy with GDP around $25 billion on a purchasing power parity basis, and both are in line for about $1 billion in help from the International Monetary Fund. The twin island bailouts show that no euro shackles are needed for low growth and declining productivity to make it hard to keep on moving.

Apr 8, 2013
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Thatcher’s economic revolution was not bloodless

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By Martin Hutchinson

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Margaret Thatcher’s government was Schumpeterian: it destroyed as well as created. Her ultra-high interest rates and strong pound devastated industry, then her 1986 reform gutted the City of London. But her reduction in marginal tax rates and defeat of the unions restored Britain’s economic vitality.

Apr 5, 2013
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New despair seeps out of U.S. employment numbers

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By Martin Hutchinson

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

A new despair is seeping out of U.S. employment numbers. The economy added just 88,000 new jobs in March, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on April 5. And the number of people counted as available to work fell to its lowest level in 34 years.

Mar 27, 2013

BRICS inch towards alternative to dollar bloc

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By Martin Hutchinson

NEW YORK, March 27 (Reuters Breakingviews) – The BRICS countries, meeting in Durban this week, are inching towards an alternative to the dollar bloc. Brazil and China said on Tuesday that they will use their own currencies for trade and the five nations are still working on creating a rival to the World Bank. Despite flawed policies, the group is a useful counterweight in the global economy.

Mar 12, 2013
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U.S. stocks may soar higher – only to crash-land

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By Martin Hutchinson

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The S&P 500 Index of U.S. stocks is nearing a new record close to eclipse the peak of 1,565.15 set in October 2007. Simple interest-rate based valuations, such as the so-called Fed model, suggest the benchmark could more than double again – but on long-term assumptions, it would then crash-land.

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      "Martin Hutchinson is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist and writes about emerging markets, particularly in Latin America, and monetary and macroeconomic issues. He is a former merchant/investment banker with 27 years of experience."
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