Jennifer joined Breakingviews after three years as Reuters’ Asia Finance and Markets Editor. Prior to that, Jenn spent 18 years at the Financial Times covering various aspects of banking, finance and markets in London and New York before her move to Hong Kong in 2012. Jennifer has a BA in History from the University of Exeter and won a Knight-Bagehot fellowship to study at Columbia University, where she earned an MSc in Journalism studying alongside the MBA class.
A long who’s who list, including Thailand’s richest man and China’s national pension fund, stand to clean up from Jack Ma’s fintech titan. Not long ago, a $200 bln IPO might have made public investors look like suckers. This number is less scary thanks to Apple and others.
Masayoshi Son’s conglomerate has bought $30 bln of exposure to U.S. tech stocks with $4 bln of call options, media reports say. It’s yet another risky proposition that exposes the company’s weak governance. Months of steady progress suggest more buybacks might have been better.
Storied wealth management giant AMP put itself on the block days after Chairman David Murray quit over the promotion of an executive accused of sexual harassment. The firm has been lurching from problem to problem for years. Fixing culture and regaining trust is hard to do.