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Jun 2, 2015
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Rob Cox: If FIFA were a country it would be Russia

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

It is hard for most people to fathom how Sepp Blatter last week clinched a fifth four-year term as the head of FIFA, the international soccer federation. Just days after the U.S. Department of Justice sent the sport’s fans, sponsors and players into a tizzy by indicting some of the 79-year-old’s senior associates for racketeering, the Swiss native won re-election with 133 of the organizing body’s 209 votes.

May 26, 2015
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Rob Cox: Bolivarian bank dream faces Andean climb

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

Nearly two centuries ago, Simón Bolívar dreamed of uniting the liberated colonies of Latin America into a single, great nation. Brazil’s Itaú Unibanco espouses a similar strategy to create the first truly pan-Latin American regional bank. The $62 billion lender is learning, as Bolívar did, how difficult such unification is to achieve.

May 26, 2015
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Rob Cox: Bolivarian bank dream faces Andean climb

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

Nearly two centuries ago, Simón Bolívar dreamed of uniting the liberated colonies of Latin America into a single, great nation. Brazil’s Itaú Unibanco espouses a similar strategy to create the first truly pan-Latin American regional bank. The $62 billion lender is learning, as Bolívar did, how difficult such unification is to achieve.

May 19, 2015
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Rob Cox: Why Remington’s investors shouldn’t sell

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

Cerberus dodged a bullet with its recent decision to let investors sell out of one of the world’s biggest gunmakers, Remington Outdoor. It’s the company that made the assault rifle used to kill 20 children and six of their teachers in a Connecticut elementary school in December 2012.

May 19, 2015
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Rob Cox: Why Remington’s investors shouldn’t sell

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

Cerberus dodged a bullet with its recent decision to let investors sell out of one of the world’s biggest gunmakers, Remington Outdoor. It’s the company that made the assault rifle used to kill 20 children and six of their teachers in a Connecticut elementary school in December 2012.

May 12, 2015
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Rob Cox: Parsing the short life of Dave Goldberg

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

Reactions to the untimely death of Dave Goldberg say a lot about Silicon Valley. Though I never met the chief executive of SurveyMonkey, the near-universal outpourings of emotion since his tragic death a little over a week ago in a treadmill accident suggest he was sui generis. Eulogies from friends, poker buddies, fellow technology luminaries and accomplished journalists – not to mention the president of the United States – also tell a bigger story about the world he inhabited.

May 12, 2015
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Rob Cox: Parsing the short life of Dave Goldberg

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

Reactions to the untimely death of Dave Goldberg say a lot about Silicon Valley. Though I never met the chief executive of SurveyMonkey, the near-universal outpourings of emotion since his tragic death a little over a week ago in a treadmill accident suggest he was sui generis. Eulogies from friends, poker buddies, fellow technology luminaries and accomplished journalists – not to mention the president of the United States – also tell a bigger story about the world he inhabited.

May 7, 2015
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Rob Cox: Wall Street suits revel in Bonnaroo vibe

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

Something odd occurred last week on Wall Street: A gaggle of financial analysts gathered around their star phones for a discourse on the profitability of entertaining 80,000 sweaty hippies in the backwoods of Tennessee. The reason was the purchase of a controlling stake by concert conglomerate Live Nation in a happening called the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

May 7, 2015
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Rob Cox: Wall Street suits revel in Bonnaroo vibe

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

Something odd occurred last week on Wall Street: A gaggle of financial analysts gathered around their star phones for a discourse on the profitability of entertaining 80,000 sweaty hippies in the backwoods of Tennessee. The reason was the purchase of a controlling stake by concert conglomerate Live Nation in a happening called the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

Apr 30, 2015
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Rob Cox: Bitcoin enters age of Goldman and lawyers

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

At the end of a panel discussion at the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York this week – billed as the largest such event in the world – a supporter of the cryptocurrency pointed to one of the three lawyers discussing bitcoin’s struggle for mainstream acceptance. “You all say you want bitcoin to just work,” he said. “But the only way that will happen is if regulators are completely out of the way.”

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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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