The U.S. pipeline operator can wriggle out of its disastrous $20 bln takeover of rival Williams. A Delaware judge says a botched tax interpretation by lawyers was a genuine mistake, not part of a scheme to prevent the deal from closing. There may yet be a price to pay, however.
Older Britons voted to leave the EU, while younger ones wanted to stay. It’s a flashpoint in a wider global story of inter-generational strife. Unless some of the wealth is diverted their way, a brain drain of justifiably cheesed-off millennials will hit economic growth.
The travel agent is the latest U.S.-listed Chinese group to get a buyout proposal from back home. A 15 pct premium to a depressed stock price is hardly generous. But if major shareholder Ctrip can be persuaded to hop aboard, this deal could work.
Amid the worst market meltdown in ages, the German consumer goods giant is forking out $3.6 bln for U.S. home-care rival Sun Products. The price is rich and the timing bold. But at least today Henkel looks smart to lower its European exposure and transform its position in America.
There are two ways for the EU to avoid copycat referendums. One is to doggedly insist that free movement and free trade are inseparable. The other is to flex that ideal. Doing so could neutralise populism and avoid a breakup of the euro zone.
England saw 53 pct of voters opt to leave the EU, but in Scotland and Northern Ireland, a majority wanted to stay in. A second referendum on Scots leaving the UK now looks logical, while a united Ireland poll has been mooted. Economic issues will stop these occurring soon.
Asset price turmoil unleashed by Britain’s vote to leave the EU is a foretaste of things to come. Policymakers have their work cut out to pour oil over such troubled waters. Rate-setters have singularly failed to revive inflation despite their best efforts.
Globally, they’re down about 8 pct. Local pain explains Lloyds and Bank of Ireland. Sovereign debt exposure is a problem for Intesa Sanpaolo and others. Santander has a Spanish election to worry about. The likes of BofA and SocGen, though, seem swept up in a sea of confusion.
Britain’s referendum decision is an unwelcome blow to an already fragile world economy, but the real change is that it forces companies and investors to reconsider other once-remote risks. A Donald Trump presidency or the break-up of the euro zone may deserve more consideration.
Prime Minister David Cameron says he will resign. He and his finance minister, George Osborne, stood for competent economic management and stability. Britain lacks obvious replacements who have experience as well as mass appeal. The economy and UK assets will pay the price.
Shares in banks and homebuilders fell sharply as investors reacted to Britain’s referendum vote. As leveraged bets on the domestic economy, the selloff reflects fears of a contraction. But at least lenders are now better equipped to deal with financial turmoil than a decade ago.
The public wants to exit Europe. Political upheaval is likely. Beyond that, Britain’s future ties with the EU depend on whether it enters negotiations feeling economically strong or weak. But the victors will struggle to deliver on promises, and the country is deeply divided.
Nearly $10 bln gets spent each year educating undocumented children legally in public schools. Two valedictorians and a Supreme Court ruling shine a light on the human capital being wasted. With employers braying for skilled workers, fixing this policy could deliver big returns.