Jeffrey oversees Asia for Reuters Breakingviews from Hong Kong. He previously spent seven years in New York, most recently as U.S. Editor. Before becoming a columnist in 2007 and helping spearhead European commentary of the financial crisis for Breakingviews, Jeffrey wrote about banking, M&A, international trade, healthcare and tech for Reuters and BNA in New York, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. From London, he led the European corporate finance team for Reuters and coverage of the continent's media sector. He has a master's in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's in finance from the George Washington University.
Nissan’s ex-boss didn’t like Japan’s justice system, and so arranged an escape to his former home Lebanon. The grotesque use of wealth ties a bow on a lucrative 10-year run for the ultra-rich. Leave it to a man who once partied at Versailles to rally the anti-plutocracy movement.
There’s talk of delisting People’s Republic stocks from U.S. bourses and a proposal to block public pension funds from buying them. Concerns about human rights, audits and price swings are also being amplified. That feeds into the social-impact hype and will spark capital flight.
The city’s stocks have lagged the S&P 500 since violent protests started in June. Yet the slide has been less severe than during the Asian financial crisis or the SARS outbreak. Local unrest, trade tensions and a U.S. market reversal should prompt some overdue reconsideration.