A $15 bln settlement with U.S. regulators all but buries the German carmaker’s emissions fraud. Now for the next crisis: falling sales. Since Britain plunged Europe into uncertainty, markets have priced in a 13 pct drop in 2017 earnings. That calls for zealous cost-cutting.
The Nordic nation outshone England on the pitch but its EU trade ties are nothing to emulate. It has the single market access that Britain already enjoys, only without any say over the rules. Nor can it dodge the free movement of people or contributions to the bloc’s budget.
The Swiss consumer giant’s new boss spent the last decade running medical company Fresenius. It’s a nod to the convergence between food and healthcare. But it makes more sense when the transfusion runs the other way. Nestle’s unhealthy governance, meanwhile, remains untreated.
Combining Baosteel and Wuhan Steel would create a global giant. If cost and capacity cuts followed, that would underline how serious China is about industrial reform, and suggest a flood of cheap exports could recede. For now, though, it’s easy to be sceptical.
Like the Brexiteers, the presidential nominee says things often disproven by facts. He makes promises without plans to enact them. When these prove unworkable, there’s regret and backtracking. By invoking NATO’s future, the stakes may be as high or higher for a Trump victory.
The school’s alumni include outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron and Boris Johnson, who hopes to replace him. The Duke of Wellington supposedly attributed his victory at Waterloo to an Eton education. Cameron’s folly in calling an EU referendum suggests less desirable aspects.
Chancellor George Osborne has since 2010 aimed to cut public debt and deficits in the name of financial stability. He may now need to row back to cope with any post-vote economic slowdown. Investors’ reaction so far suggests his fiscal rigour was over-zealous in the first place.
Ditching EU state aid rules means Britain can in theory set different corporate tax rates around the country. That could ease regional economic disparities - a key flashpoint from the referendum. The catch is such a move would require a cleaner break with the single market.
As voters in developed countries reject globalisation, Premier Li Keqiang has called for more international economic cooperation. That makes sense: rising protectionism and resistance to foreign investment will hurt Chinese business and exacerbate its own economic slowdown.
Homegrown firms have been busy building a war chest of patents. A recent ruling in Beijing against a design of Apple’s iPhone suggests local tech rivals are increasingly willing to wield them too. As competition for market share heats up in China, more skirmishes will follow.
After voting to quit the EU, Britain faces an economic slowdown that will warrant more monetary easing, a pickup in inflation, and huge political uncertainty. It’s a toxic mix for any currency. Spectacular plunges in the pound will give way to steady falls to new lows.
The U.S. SEC says Chris Faulkner inflated his shale-oil company’s prospects, then blew $80 mln of investors’ money on dodgy expenses. Hard times tend to reveal bad boom-era behavior. The oil patch’s lax governance makes it an obvious place for regulators to hunt for culprits.
Britain’s Leave vote could strip so-called passporting rights from domestic banks and asset managers. One solution is to claim the UK merits equivalent status as its rules match Europe’s. But even if euro peers okay that, London will lose control over future policy-making.