The clip to borrowing costs won’t much change life for credit addicts or for savers. The central bank’s move is little more than a signal from on high that planners are up with events. When it comes to managing the Chinese economy, official interest rates play a limited role.
The government has pushed back its deficit reduction target in order to boost spending on roads, rail and power. New Delhi is now unmistakably pursuing a public investment-led growth strategy. It’s an opportunity that rich nations, which can borrow far more cheaply, are missing.
Delta, United and American want trade deals changed, arguing Gulf rivals are unfairly subsidized. That’s rich, given the bailouts, antitrust exemptions and other goodies these three enjoy. Blowback from domestic peers may persuade them that whining to Uncle Sam won’t fly.
The European aircraft maker pleased investors with higher-than-expected operating profit and a 60 pct dividend hike. Higher profitability was driven by a weaker euro. With that currency tailwind likely to persist, the annual results give a foretaste of future improvements.
The government’s ambitious plan will require finesse in raising money. But the investment case is strong. India’s British rulers reaped huge productivity gains by building out the railways 150 years ago. Modernizing the dilapidated network could produce even better returns.
U.S. light crude has rallied 12 pct from last month’s six-year low but is still shy of where shale drillers can profit. Higher demand and less capital spending may push prices up while steady output from Saudi Arabia and others limits their rise. About $60 a barrel looks likely.
The dual-listed media giant is fixing a baroque corporate setup. That should lure new investors and cut the discount on its Dutch shares. A simultaneous rebrand as “RELX” is ungainly – but at least this helps distance the largely digital group from the printed past.
Borrowing for education has soared over the past decade, ballooning to $1.2 trln and growing far faster than GDP. With serious delinquencies at 11 pct and Washington on the hook, there’s a mess in the making. A Breakingviews calculator shows how big Uncle Sam’s exposure could get.
Athens wants to slice its primary fiscal surplus to one-third of the level agreed in its current bailout programme. That might leave debt too high for comfort – yet there is room for a compromise that Greece’s euro zone partners could afford.
The UK bank’s first payout since 2008 is an encouraging milestone. But it’s largely symbolic. The critical valuation issue is whether Lloyds’ pledge to pay out at least half its future earnings represents a floor or a ceiling - and whether the regulator allows fatter payouts.
Regulators are giving consumers a boost by preventing broadband providers from offering favorable treatment to certain clients. But the telecoms giant expressed its discontent in Morse code and then in old typeset. Disagreeing is fine. Taunting your overseer, though, is a risky move.
The star investor’s acrimonious departure from Pimco caused huge outflows and hurt operating profit at Allianz, the German owner of the U.S. bond-fund firm. That obscures Allianz’s real strength. Annual results underline the insurer’s renewal under outgoing CEO Michael Diekmann.
The U.S. mega-bank may trim some Wall Street operations if returns don’t improve. It’s bad news for smaller rivals if one of the biggest players in rates and derivatives can’t make money in some areas. But if clients end up paying more, bank investors will eventually benefit.