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.
GSX Techedu deflected one sloppy short-seller attack and a second sensational one. A third from Muddy Waters calling the $7 bln company a fraud hit as Luckin buckled and Congress moved on U.S.-listed Chinese stocks. Growing scepticism will require targets to have strong defences.
Australia overfunded an $85 bln wage subsidy programme due to excessively pessimistic epidemic models and data entry errors. Canberra thought 6.5 mln workers needed help, nearly twice the real number. Others will find it similarly difficult to cut through the noise.
Apple, Airbus and Asahi are among many companies withdrawing forecasts during the pandemic. It’s a good time to reconsider campaigns by JPMorgan boss Jamie Dimon and others to end quarterly profit guidance. Covid-19 should help refocus attention on the longer-term.