Viewsroom: Republican convention, Tesla, banks

July 22, 2016

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The confab to anoint Donald Trump the GOP presidential candidate is full of controversy, but short on business support and cogent financial policy. Tesla boss Elon Musk unveils his master plan, to underwhelming response. And there are silver linings to recent ho-hum bank results.

Viewsroom: Brexit; Pokemon Go; Minimum wage

July 15, 2016

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New UK Prime Minister Theresa May is assembling a cabinet that may deliver Brexit-lite. Meanwhile, the surprising success of Pokemon Go bodes well for much broader use of augmented reality. And Jamie Dimon has both selfish and smart reasons for boosting bank teller pay.

Viewsroom: The Kit Kat defense; Brexit fallout

July 8, 2016

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The humble four-fingered chocolate bar could play a key role in fending off bidders for Hershey. Meanwhile, the EU-shunning UK battles political instability, a tanking currency and a run on commercial property funds, while the economic pain of allowing in far fewer migrants looms.

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Viewsroom: The art of sweet deals; Trump on trade

July 1, 2016

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Hershey kisses off Mondelez’s $23 bln bid while media mogul John Malone manages his own sweetheart wrap of Lions Gate and Starz. Plus, presidential contender Donald Trump courts Bernie Sanders’ supporters and why Europe’s banks should be prepping for the U.S. stress test.

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Viewsroom: Facts and fear in Britain’s EU referendum

June 22, 2016

Britons have been inundated with “facts” in the EU vote, but both sides have been accused of playing fast and loose with the truth. Hugo Dixon, founder of Breakingviews and InFacts, talks about the role of evidence in the campaign and outlines his vision for the future of the EU.

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Viewsroom: Clippy’s resume, Big Mac for Chicago, Lax gun laws

June 17, 2016

Microsoft’s willingness to plunk down $26 bln for LinkedIn proves the software giant is slipping back to its old habit of illogical deals.  Plus McDonald's move to Chicago is a win for the broke city and why lax gun laws in the U.S. are hurting the country’s influence abroad.

Viewsroom: Breakingviews on Brexit

June 10, 2016

Imagine Britain votes on June 23 to leave the European Union. What happens next? Breakingviews writers George Hay, John Foley, Neil Unmack, Swaha Pattanaik and Olaf Storbeck discuss the possible consequences for markets, trade, growth and the future of the EU.

Viewsroom: Apple, Facebook and Uncle Sam should just say “no”

May 27, 2016

An executive at the iPhone maker proposed a bid for Time Warner, a move that would have been at odds with Apple founder Steve Jobs’ recipe for success: Reject “1,000 ideas” and focus on the very few excellent ones. Aging smartphones, a tepid stock price and a pile of idle cash, however, could make the mediocre look awfully tempting.

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Viewsroom: Trump touts riches while banks blunt breakup talk

May 20, 2016


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The presumptive Republican nominee for U.S. president boasted about the size of his 104-page financial disclosure statement filed this week with the Federal Election Commission. It may be HUGE, but what's the upside of flaunting your wealth to an electorate fed up with Wall Street and billionaires? And The Donald has yet to release his tax returns.

Viewsroom: Ultimate Fighting, Uber drivers and fintech

May 12, 2016

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Mixed martial arts’ premier promoter may be on the block for as much as $4 billion, putting it in some pricey company. Live sports events are what TV and cable viewers most want to see, though, and therein lies a lesson for the likes of fading ESPN and parent Disney.