China’s car joint ventures – graphic of the day

Chinese drivers are increasing in number, and foreign auto companies have cruised away with most of the sales. But access to the world’s largest auto market has come with a big financial concession: joint ventures with local partners. Today’s graphic shows the biggest foreign carmakers and their local Chinese partners. Read more about why these joint ventures aren’t built to last.

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Kiwi policy the envy of other central banks

New Zealand has become the first advanced nation to exit record-low rates, boasting inflationary pressures that some powerful central bankers could only wish for, says Breakingviews’ Andy Mukherjee.

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Safeway the hard way

Jeffrey Goldfarb talks to Breakingviews columnists about Cerberus’ complicated $9.4 bln buyout of supermarket chain Safeway and the struggle to provide a healthy premium.

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What’s in store for 2014? Take a look at Breakingviews Predictions

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Prepare for a year of turning points. Politics have paralyzed America and Europe, and invigorated Japan and China. Companies and investors nervously eye U.S. monetary policy, while some of Wall Street’s finest wonder if this year might be their last on the job.

Predictions 2014: Reversals and Revivals tackles these issues and more. Thought-provoking, punchy and contrarian views on what will happen in 2014 – and what won’t happen but should. Breakingviews columnists across three continents weigh in on topics including:

Ten people who could surprise you in 2014 (more…)

Mark Zuckerberg’s wizardry

Jeffrey Goldfarb and Breakingviews columnists discuss Facebook’s $19 bln acquisition of WhatsApp and the magical logic that needs to be used to explain the deal. Use this Breakingviews calculator to see what Facebook needs to do to make the deal stack up.

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Comcast cable hook-up

Reynolds Holding and Richard Beales discuss the biggest U.S. provider’s deal to buy No. 2 Time Warner and the host of questions it raises.

Six things to know about Davos 2014


Get ready for Davos, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, held in Davos, Switzerland over January 22 – 25. This year’s theme, “The Reshaping of the World: Consequences for Society, Politics and Business” explores how profound political, economic, social and, above all, technological forces are transforming our lives, communities and institutions. As a strategic partner, we’ll be both covering and participating in the event with leaders from around the globe, including our own CEO Jim Smith, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown from the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company and Al Gore, Laureate, Nobel Peace Prize.

David Craig, Brian Peccarelli, Monique Villa Stephen Adler and Mark Rodrigues will also be there to meet with clients and business leaders.

Our own Stefan Reichenbach will be attending as a Young Global Leader (YGL). Learn more about the leadership program here. 

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Journalist spotlight: John Foley offers an inside look at the new Breakingviews Predictions Book

Reuters Breakingviews recently debuted its annual book of predictions for the coming year, aptly titled Predictions 2014. This year, the book explores reversals and revivals, including who has the power to surprise in 2014, the outlook for China’s banks, how the U.S. housing recovery will fare this year and what to expect from the markets. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, John Foley – who led the charge from Hong Kong – offers an inside look at Breakingviews’ Predictions 2014.

Q. How did the idea for this book come about?

A. Breakingviews has published a Predictions book for several years. The idea is to come up with a fun, insightful agenda for what we think will happen in financial markets in the coming year – and what probably won’t happen, but should. It’s a global effort, but this year we led the production and editing from Asia, to celebrate the fact that we’ve got a newly beefed-up team of Asia-based columnists.

Q. How does the book come together with so many differing opinions? (more…)

Reuters Breakingviews Predictions 2014

Reuters Breakingviews Predictions 2014

Breakingviews editor in chief Rob Cox will host a VIP panel discussion on what to expect in the year ahead from global markets, economies and corporate finance.

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Predictions 2014

This new book from Breakingviews examines the year ahead from global markets, economies and corporate finance. Their views have been divvied up into six sections: people and power, money and markets, buys and sells, fees and fortunes, mergers and manias and odds and ends. Click here to find out more.

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Renaissance City?

Antony Currie and Breakingviews columnists discuss the economic and legal implications of Detroit’s bankruptcy for both Motown and other cash-strapped U.S. cities.

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