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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Two-fifths of FTSE 100 companies are heeding calls to reform bosses’ long-term incentive plans. But several of reformer-in-chief Fidelity’s UK quoted fund manager peers are yet to sign up. They should be championing governance best practice. Non-compliance merits explanation.
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The $88 bln brewer is defying fears that Latin America, Africa and Asia are struggling. SABMiller’s constant currency operating profit rose 6 pct last year. Its position as a supplier of affordable luxury helps. The big question is what it will do with its prodigious cashflows.
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