Robert is Assistant Editor of Reuters Breakingviews, based in London. He has a special focus on investment, writing about it on a global basis. Robert worked for The Times, in London, in a variety of writing and editing capacities from 1998 to 2010. For nearly 10 years he edited the newspaper’s daily Tempus investment column. He was also deputy business editor, acting business editor, a leader writer, the chief obituaries writer and a news editor in the home affairs department. Prior to joining The Times, Robert worked on The Independent and the London Evening Standard. His most recent book is called The Unwritten Laws of Finance and Investment (Profile, 2010). As a part-time lecturer, Robert led the financial journalism specialism at The City University in London in 10 academic years between 1995 and 2007. Follow Robert on Twitter @RobertCole7
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Shareholders ultimately lose out when too-high payouts prevent companies from responding well to problems. Right now, Tesco needs all the financial flexibility it can muster. With a new CEO coming, the UK grocer has a window of opportunity it would be wise to climb through.
The plan to merge the UK construction groups always looked fraught. The potential for cost savings is high, but Carillion has left questions about execution risk unanswered. Its proposal is also less generous than its 36 pct premium claim implies. Balfour can remain stony-faced.
In a pre-August deluge, at least 50 companies worth a combined $2 trln reported results on Thursday. Good news trumped bad by a factor of two to one. Some of the strength is derived far from home, but it’s a fresh opportunity for global investors to revisit Plc, AG, NV and SA.
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