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Aug 24, 2015
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China’s ailing stocks are now contagious

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

China’s stock market sickness is becoming contagious. Shockwaves from the latest selloffs in Shanghai and Shenzhen have rippled across currencies, commodities and Asian bourses. Investors may be losing confidence in China’s ability to micro-manage the financial sector – and steer a slowing economy.

Aug 20, 2015
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SoftBank’s hired gun takes high road to ownership

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

SoftBank’s hired gun is taking an unusually straightforward route to ownership. Recent recruit Nikesh Arora is investing 60 billion yen ($483 million) in the Japanese tech group’s shares. It’s a refreshing alternative to the stock-based pay schemes that are the norm for SoftBank’s Silicon Valley rivals. A strong show of confidence may also help the ex-Googler push through some of his more adventurous ideas.

Aug 20, 2015
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SoftBank’s hired gun takes high road to ownership

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

SoftBank’s hired gun is taking an unusually straightforward route to ownership. Recent recruit Nikesh Arora is investing 60 billion yen ($483 million) in the Japanese tech group’s shares. It’s a refreshing alternative to the stock-based pay schemes that are the norm for SoftBank’s Silicon Valley rivals. A strong show of confidence may also help the ex-Googler push through some of his more adventurous ideas.

Aug 12, 2015
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China’s yuan devaluation push looks far from done

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

China’s new exchange rate policy is guiding the currency down. The central bank has fixed the official price of the yuan against the U.S. dollar sharply weaker for the second day running. It’s the strongest signal yet that the country’s devaluation push is far from a one-off.

Aug 7, 2015
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Singapore at 50 ought to loosen up

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

Fifty years is not long in the history of nations. The period of Singapore’s existence as an independent state would be just a few chapters in the chronicle of most countries. Yet as the southeast Asian city-state marks its golden anniversary, citizens will have genuine cause to celebrate past achievements – and contemplate future change. It is time to loosen up a bit.

Aug 7, 2015
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Singapore at 50 ought to loosen up

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

Fifty years is not long in the history of nations. The period of Singapore’s existence as an independent state would be just a few chapters in the chronicle of most countries. Yet as the southeast Asian city-state marks its golden anniversary, citizens will have genuine cause to celebrate past achievements – and contemplate future change. It is time to loosen up a bit.

Jul 31, 2015
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Numbers add up to HSBC leaving London

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By Peter Thal Larsen and George Hay

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

Data points to HSBC leaving the United Kingdom. The global bank is reviewing the location of its head office based on considerations such as economic importance, transparency and tax. Breakingviews has crunched the numbers to compile its own rankings. Our figures suggest Singapore, Hong Kong and even Canada would be more attractive than HSBC’s current home.

Jul 31, 2015
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Numbers add up to HSBC leaving London

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By Peter Thal Larsen and George Hay

The authors are Reuters Breakingviews columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

Data points to HSBC leaving the United Kingdom. The global bank is reviewing the location of its head office based on considerations such as economic importance, transparency and tax. Breakingviews has crunched the numbers to compile its own rankings. Our figures suggest Singapore, Hong Kong and even Canada would be more attractive than HSBC’s current home.

Jul 24, 2015
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Review: A partial defence of financial innovation

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

Bashing finance is fashionable. Ever since the crisis, critics have lined up to topple the false idol of financial innovation from its pedestal. Spurred on by revelations about irresponsible lenders and rate-rigging traders, they have forged a consensus: institutions need more regulation, excessive growth in activity is dangerous, and anything that claims to be a new idea is to be viewed with suspicion.

Jul 10, 2015
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What was lost in China’s stock market slide

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

China’s sell-off will be felt far beyond its see-sawing stock markets. The month-long slide in share prices has called into question the country’s recent conversion to market dogma, while the state’s floundering response has exposed the limits of its grip on China’s financial system. Broader reforms may suffer.

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      "Peter is Asia Editor of Reuters Breakingviews, based in Hong Kong. He oversees coverage of financial services and regulation. Prior to joining Reuters, Peter spent 10 years at the Financial Times. From 2004 to 2009 he was the FT’s banking editor, leading award-winning coverage of global banking during the credit crunch. Between 2000 and 2004 Peter reported for the FT from New York. He played a leading role in the paper’s coverage of the 9/11 attacks. Follow Peter on Twitter @Peter_TL"
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