George Hay coordinates European financial coverage and writes about macroeconomics, the euro zone and UK/European financial policy. He covered European banks for Breakingviews during the financial crisis, and has also worked as a correspondent for AFX News and at United Business Media. He attended Edinburgh University and his work has been recognised at the UK’s Business Journalist of the Year Awards.
The rouble has slumped on fears that Russia’s sovereign bonds will be next in the crosshairs of U.S. sanctions. That would cause a stink, but the bill may not pass into legislation. If it does, oil prices and Moscow’s low debt mean President Vladimir Putin can weather a crisis.
Shares in the London-listed Chilean copper miner slumped after it said U.S.-China trade tensions may hit demand for the metal. Antofagasta had a weak first half, but its guidance is unchanged. Macro jitters mean investors are unwilling to give companies the benefit of the doubt.
Mohammed bin Salman wants to diversify the desert kingdom away from oil. Buying pricey Tesla stock while selling Canadian assets seems a strange way to do that, though. To stop further net outflows of capital, the crown prince could do with sticking more closely to his mandate.