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.
The Hong Kong bank grew into one of the world’s biggest financial institutions. But poor results and a furore over Swiss tax make for an unhappy 150th anniversary. A new history shows how hands-off management and breakneck M&A under former chairman John Bond are partly to blame.
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.
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 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.
Corruption is causing trouble for elites from Sao Paulo to Virginia and Santiago to London. Inequality can be a tolerable byproduct of free-market capitalism, but not when the winners are profiting from a rigged system. As a new book argues, such gains encourage radicalism.