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.
Cutting interest rates again was the easy part. The whimsical trade policy of President Donald Trump and threats to oil supplies call for insurance. But stress in money markets is partly the U.S. central bank’s own handiwork. Chair Jay Powell is discovering the Fed’s new normal.
Co-founder Adam Neumann has handed back $5.9 mln he was paid for trademarks. And the shared-office group has finally hired a woman as a director. Yet such easy repairs only underline the harder-to-reach problems: structurally poor governance, huge losses and impenetrable numbers.
The ex-New York Fed boss proposed monetary-policy resistance to Donald Trump’s trade war. To be fair, the president exploded norms first. Yet Dudley, though now a private citizen, has weakened the Fed's apolitical credentials. It paints Chair Jay Powell further into a corner.