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Breakingviews columnists talk about the big numbers, crunchy deals and nasty spats in global business and economics, offering a weekly dose of financial insight that goes beyond the concise and provocative views readers get from our columns every day.

Breakingviews columnists talk about the big numbers, crunchy deals and nasty spats in global business and economics, offering a weekly dose of financial insight that goes beyond the concise and provocative views readers get from our columns every day.
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Breakingviews columnists talk about the big numbers, crunchy deals and nasty spats in global business and economics, offering a weekly dose of financial insight that goes beyond the concise and provocative views readers get from our columns every day.

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English


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Viewsroom: AB InBev’s stubborn financial beer gut

7/18/2019
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The $150 bln brewer of suds like Budweiser and Stella has scrapped its Asia unit’s Hong Kong float. CEO Carlos Brito now needs new ways to reduce the company’s debt. And as the second pulled IPO in weeks amid civil unrest, it puts the city’s financial hub under a spotlight. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:14:26

Viewsroom: Can India solve its water crisis?

7/11/2019
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Chennai, the country’s Motor City, has run dry. Another 20 metropolises could follow by next year. The personal and economic toll is mounting. Plugging leaks, better crop choices and proper pricing can help. Often, as water problems elsewhere show, that requires good governance. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:16:14

Viewsroom: The great EU jobs carve-up

7/4/2019
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After much unedifying horse-trading, European leaders have finally agreed on who will head the commission, central bank and other top roles. That has implications for the bloc’s future. Plus: Why Africa’s growth figures make worrying reading for the continent’s democrats. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:22:16

Viewsroom: What makes companies proud of Pride?

6/27/2019
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Neither profit nor investor pressure explain U.S. firms lining up to mark 50 years of the LGBT-rights movement. They may simply be doing the right thing. But the nation still has a long way to go. Plus: how the UK prime minister race affects the Bank of England’s next boss. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:20:45

Viewsroom: UBS gets lost in translation

6/20/2019
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A star economist at the Swiss bank sparked outrage on Chinese social media after his remarks about the country’s pigs were misconstrued. UBS’s decision to put him on leave seems overdone. And: Those weighing the benefit of a Facebook cryptocurrency must ask if “In Zuck we trust.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:18:33

Viewsroom: When dealmaking gets difficult

6/13/2019
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Raytheon and United Technologies’ planned $114 bln tie-up raises questions about strategy, cost cuts and executive overreach. It’s prompted their shares to tank and activist Bill Ackman to oppose it. And Fiat Chrysler and Renault’s mooted merger has crashed. Can they salvage it? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:18:39

Viewsroom: Hong Kong's scary extradition idea

6/5/2019
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The territory's government, under pressure from Beijing, is trying to ram through a rule change that would allow suspects to be transferred to mainland courts. Foreign executives have cause to be worried. Plus: Steve Bannon wants to ban Chinese IPOs from New York. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:17:23

Viewsroom: A new game of carmaker matchmaker

5/30/2019
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Fiat Chrysler spurned Peugeot by offering to merge with France’s Renault, which is itself joined to Nissan. How will the pairings play out, and what does it mean for the automotive sector? Plus: Why fossil-fuel giants like BP are painting themselves a pale shade of green. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:27:18

Viewsroom: America’s topsy-turvy regulators

5/23/2019
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Qualcomm lost a lawsuit brought by one DC overseer, even as the DOJ intervened, while $26 bln T-Mobile US-Sprint merger is getting yanked around by agencies with opposing views. Doing business is hard when agencies no longer act in unison. Plus: Is Luckin Coffee going cold? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:20:46

Viewsroom: The lasting effects of Trump’s tariffs

5/16/2019
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Washington and Beijing may yet find a way to end their escalating trade war soon. But for many businesses, the damage already inflicted will be hard to undo. Plus: CEO Mark Zuckerberg might not welcome more calls to break up Facebook, but shareholders could benefit. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:20:57

Viewsroom: Oil M&A fight may end with no winner

5/9/2019
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Occidental boss Vicki Hollub corralled BofA CEO Brian Moynihan and investor Warren Buffett to her side to seal a $38 bln offer for Anadarko. Her tactics scared off rival bidder Chevron but may alienate her own shareholders. Plus: Malaysia’s reform efforts since the 1MDB scandal. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:13:59

Viewsroom: Apple versus Alphabet

5/2/2019
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Both Silicon Valley giants are looking for the next big thing after a slowdown in their main product – iPhone sales at Apple and online ads at Alphabet. Lower expectations mean Tim Cook’s outfit has more time to act. Plus: Activist Dan Loeb puts Sony back under the microscope. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:16:07

Viewsroom: Will millennials kill Silicon Valley?

4/25/2019
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Young, tech-savvy adults say everything from high prices to climate change may prompt them to leave the San Francisco area. Other U.S. cities can benefit. Also: Why CEO Jack Dorsey should favor Square over Twitter. And what to expect from Indonesian President Widodo’s second term. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:21:16

Viewsroom: 'Game of Thrones'-style war heads to TV

4/18/2019
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HBO’s hit series is ending as parent AT&T, Amazon, Apple and Walt Disney launch their claims to the streaming-video crown. Netflix, though, will be hard to usurp. Elsewhere, India’s weeks-long election gets underway. And global economic growth collides with nationalism’s rise. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:22:29

Viewsroom: Wells Fargo searches for a leader

4/11/2019
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The U.S. bank may be tempted to recruit from splashy peers like Goldman Sachs. But there are better reasons to poach from smaller firms. Meanwhile, the $170 bln Chinese liquor maker Kweichow Moutai is worth more than Diageo. Breakingviews columnists discuss the firewater’s draw. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:21:06

Viewsroom: What’s driving Lyft’s valuation?

4/4/2019
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The ride-hailing firm is worth $30 bln after its stock-market debut, even though its losses are growing. Shareholders are betting a shift to autonomous driving will steer it to a profit, but that may be a long way off. Plus: Saudi Aramco lets investors drill into its finances. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:25:02

Viewsroom: Who will drive off with Fiat Chrysler?

3/28/2019
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Peugeot and Renault both seem keen to merge with the Italo-American carmaker. Either deal could improve earnings from smaller cars, but couldn’t plug all Fiat Chrysler’s gaps in Asia and new tech. Plus: Apple’s underwhelming new services. And can Huawei’s charm offensive succeed? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:34:02

Viewsroom: German bank M&A’s questionable logic

3/21/2019
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Putting Deutsche and Commerz together might create a national banking champion. A more likely outcome, though, would be a poorly performing behemoth. Meanwhile, Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess commits the mother of all CEO gaffes. Plus: sizing up a Chinese housing unicorn. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:22:55

Viewsroom: Boeing’s struggles

3/14/2019
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The U.S. aircraft maker is facing a crisis after a second crash involving an updated version of its workhorse 737 jet. There’s a financial hit to Boeing from countries grounding the plane; but there are geopolitical implications, too. Plus: China tries to stimulate its economy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:20:13

Viewsroom: Hostile gold diggers

3/7/2019
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The three-way takeover fight involving Newmont, Barrick Gold and Goldcorp is full of aggression and big egos. Breakingviews columnists unpick the gold-mining M&A frenzy and debate whether cooler heads can prevail. Plus: China telecom giant Huawei has a public-relations challenge. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

Duration:00:24:23