Richard Beales joined Breakingviews in 2007 from the Financial Times, where he was U.S. markets editor and a Lex columnist. Prior to the FT, he spent more than 10 years as an investment banker at Schroders and Citigroup, based largely in Hong Kong and working on project finance, mergers and acquisitions. He has also lived in Sydney, Australia, and began his working life in London at Mars & Co, a management consultancy. Richard holds a masters in business journalism from New York University and a degree in biochemistry from St John’s College, Cambridge.
The Macau gambling doyen, who has died aged 98, once provided half the former colony’s tax revenue. His SJM empire weathered the handover of the territory to China, its emergence as a competitive Las Vegas-beating hub, and family feuds. Punters have proved resiliently profitable.
Some to-and-fro over value is normal in a potential merger. But for two money-losing companies with volatile stocks, financial tweaks are a second-order issue. The more critical question about combining their meal-delivery operations is whether antitrust watchdogs would block it.
Futures markets are pricing in a small chance of policy interest rates going below zero even though Jay Powell, chair of the U.S. central bank, rebuffed the idea this week. Europe and Japan are already in that territory. Breakingviews explains why D.C. can afford to say no.