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Aug 27, 2015
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Rob Cox: Double-duty CEOs are a worrisome trend

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

Elon Musk is working on some pretty visionary projects. Among those most far along are Tesla Motors’ electric cars, SolarCity’s renewable energy grid and SpaceX’s rockets to Mars. As far as the world knows, though, one thing the billionaire has not managed to develop is a cloning device.

Aug 27, 2015
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Rob Cox: Double-duty CEOs are a worrisome trend

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

Elon Musk is working on some pretty visionary projects. Among those most far along are Tesla Motors’ electric cars, SolarCity’s renewable energy grid and SpaceX’s rockets to Mars. As far as the world knows, though, one thing the billionaire has not managed to develop is a cloning device.

Aug 20, 2015
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Rob Cox: Tianjin deserves to be a Cuyahoga moment

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

A few days after a series of apocalyptic blasts shook Tianjin, residents of China’s sixth-largest city reported an odd precipitation resembling snow flurries falling from the sky. On Monday, the streets near Binhai – the port area where warehouses holding 3,000 tons of chemicals including sodium cyanide exploded, killing at least 114 people – were covered in strange white foam. One Chinese journalist reported a stinging sensation from skin contact with the stuff.

Aug 20, 2015
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Rob Cox: Tianjin deserves to be a Cuyahoga moment

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

A few days after a series of apocalyptic blasts shook Tianjin, residents of China’s sixth-largest city reported an odd precipitation resembling snow flurries falling from the sky. On Monday, the streets near Binhai – the port area where warehouses holding 3,000 tons of chemicals including sodium cyanide exploded, killing at least 114 people – were covered in strange white foam. One Chinese journalist reported a stinging sensation from skin contact with the stuff.

Aug 17, 2015
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Amazon swaps more than size with Wal-Mart

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

Amazon’s latest results were so superb they catapulted the online retailer’s market value beyond Wal-Mart’s for the first time. Now, the $250 billion goliath led by Jeff Bezos finds itself in another spot that its bricks-and-mortal rival will more happily cede: defending labor practices.

Aug 17, 2015
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Amazon swaps more than size with Wal-Mart

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

Amazon’s latest results were so superb they catapulted the online retailer’s market value beyond Wal-Mart’s for the first time. Now, the $250 billion goliath led by Jeff Bezos finds itself in another spot that its bricks-and-mortal rival will more happily cede: defending labor practices.

Aug 6, 2015
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Humpty Dumpty M&A sings song of excess

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

Some of the finest minds in finance seem to have missed the lesson of the classic nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty”: All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put that anthropomorphic egg-like character together again.

Aug 6, 2015
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Humpty Dumpty M&A sings song of excess

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

Some of the finest minds in finance seem to have missed the lesson of the classic nursery rhyme “Humpty Dumpty”: All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put that anthropomorphic egg-like character together again.

Jul 30, 2015
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Rob Cox: Rick Perry is running for the wrong job

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Rick Perry looks to be running for the wrong job. The former governor of Texas is one of the 17 candidates duking it out to be the American presidential nominee for the Republican Party. Judging by a speech he gave to the elite minds of global finance this week in New York, he might be better suited as a banking regulator.

Jul 24, 2015
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Rob Cox: FT is to Nikkei as Jim Beam is to Suntory

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

Lionel Barber, the editor of the Financial Times, might not fancy his pink newspaper for the global elite being compared to Tennessee bourbon. But Nikkei Inc’s super-sized $1.3 billion purchase of the Financial Times is philosophically no different than another major Japanese purchase abroad – booze group Suntory Holdings swallowing Jim Beam for $16 billion.

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      "Rob Cox helped establish Breakingviews in 2000 in London. From 2004 he spearheaded the firm's expansion in the United States and edited its American edition, including the daily Breakingviews columns in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Rob has worked as a financial journalist in London, Milan, New York, Washington, Chicago and Tokyo. Rob graduated from Columbia University’s Journalism School and the University of Vermont. Follow Rob on Twitter @rob1cox"
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