Rob Cox

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Asia’s richest man, China dependency

23 Oct 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Mukesh Ambani can divide his $200 bln Reliance Industries and still rule, says India editor Una Galani. Meantime, European and U.S. multinationals are growing increasingly reliant on Chinese growth, seeding future financial and political risks, Rob Cox and columnists discuss.

Breakingviews - Cox: China addiction looms as big corporate risk

22 Oct 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - “Nice business you have got here, it would be a shame if something happened to it.” What sounds like a bad line from a mafia television sketch is pretty much the dilemma facing Western multinationals in China.

Breakingviews - Cox: It’s time for an age limit on the presidency

16 Oct 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - American voters will soon choose between the two oldest candidates in the history of presidential elections. If he wins, former Vice President Joe Biden will be 78 years old when he is inaugurated, a full 28 years older than the average age of all newly elected Democratic commanders-in-chief since Franklin D. Roosevelt. He will also be the same age as my father.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: On the road again, Zambia, Super-apps

15 Oct 2020

MUNICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Airlines columnist Ed Cropley boards his first plane since Covid-19 hit, and experiences travel in the pandemic era on a visit to Munich. He also discusses the financial proxy war over Zambia’s debt restructuring. Meantime, Asia goes mad for all-singing mobile applications.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Masks, masks everywhere; Tech breakups

08 Oct 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - The widespread covering of mouths and noses to stifle Covid-19 has spawned a mini-manufacturing boom, with some downsides, Sharon Lam tells Rob Cox. Yet the economic benefits of mask mandates are plentiful, Lisa Jucca argues from Milan. Plus, Congress targets Big Tech bigly.

Breakingviews - Cox: U.S. cabinet picks have never been as crucial

05 Oct 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - One anecdote in “Rage”, Bob Woodward’s recent book about Donald Trump is required reading for anyone considering a job in his administration, should he gain a second term as U.S. president in November’s election. It’s the chapter where Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, is summarily sacked by the president on Twitter without clear explanation. It’s an astonishing, but not unique, example of Trump’s imperious and impulsive management style.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Disastrous debate, Italian soccer deal

01 Oct 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - The first of the U.S. presidential debates was shambolic, with almost no substance on economic policy for investors or markets to sink their teeth into. On a lighter front, though, Italy’s Serie A soccer league has a chance to regain its glory. Breakingviews columnists discuss. 

Breakingviews - The Exchange: UBS CEO exit interview

29 Sep 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - After 10 years leading Switzerland’s biggest bank, Sergio Ermotti is handing off to Ralph Hamers and becoming chairman of Swiss Re. In a wide-ranging conversation with Rob Cox, he shares his views on banking, M&A, his tenure as CEO and the advice he offered his successor.   

Breakingviews - Review: GE’s decline is the story of corporate BS

25 Sep 2020

MILAN (Reuters Breakingviews) - In 2006, Breakingviews criticised General Electric for its sprawl. We argued that “spinning off NBC to shareholders would make GE a more focused industrial company”, bring in some $35 billion of cash and aid Chief Executive Jeff Immelt’s desire to bolster the group’s finances. The only reason GE kept the media business was because its executives liked to hobnob with celebrities, we wrote.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: The dream team to fix America’s economy

24 Sep 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - As voters head into the final stretch of the U.S. presidential election, Breakingviews has released a new interactive tool to help Joe Biden or Donald Trump pick a cabinet of economic all-stars. Listen to our picks for the battling candidates and learn how the graphic works.

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