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Rob Cox

Breakingviews - Cox: Swiss firms get too global for local britches

27 Nov 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Upon moving to Switzerland around the start of the pandemic, the first thing that stuck out in my leafy Zurich neighborhood was the orange flags. They seemed to flutter from every other stately or middle-class home, bearing a large “JA!” and one of those German portmanteau words, “Konzernverantwortungsinitiative,” which translates into English as corporate responsibility initiative.

Breakingviews - Cox: Donald Trump is the new Benjamin Harrison

19 Nov 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Eight years ago, New York Magazine proclaimed Benjamin Harrison the most forgotten of America’s commanders in chief. Donald Trump’s turbulent stint as a fellow one-term president may, ironically, revive interest in his 19th century Republican forebear’s four years in the White House.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Vaccines suggest light at tunnel’s end

19 Nov 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) - Moderna and Pfizer came out with encouraging news on the fight to immunize the world against Covid-19, giving hope the pandemic’s end is near. Meantime, China’s Sinovac finds its trials are undermined by a puzzling governance disaster. Breakingviews columnists weigh in globally.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Chinese tech crackdown, The vax trade

12 Nov 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Beijing took Alibaba, Tencent and others to task over monopolistic practices; and global financial markets got a boost from Pfizer’s revelation that its Covid-19 vaccination may be super-effective. Breakingviews columnists around the world weigh in on both developing stories.

Breakingviews - Cox: American progress hangs on geriatric trinity

09 Nov 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - American presidents typically spend their first term in the White House trying to fulfil campaign promises in the hopes this will grant them another four years in office. But at 78 years of age when he is inaugurated in January, Joe Biden doesn’t realistically, or actuarially, have eight years to make his mark.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: What Biden bodes for money and markets

07 Nov 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Without a clear Senate majority, the former vice president will need to tack to the center when he occupies the White House. For Wall Street that’s a bullet dodged. For other industries, it’s a mixed bag. For multilateral institutions, it’s an improvement from Donald Trump.

Breakingviews - Big democratic dividend paid out in 2020 election

04 Nov 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Uncle Sam deserves an A for participation. For what’s shaping up to be the first time in more than a generation, as many as two thirds of eligible U.S. voters turned off Netflix and left their couches long enough to mail in, or physically cast, their ballots. Setting aside the final verdicts of the presidential and congressional election it’s at least a sign that the world’s first modern democracy is very much alive.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: What we’re expecting on election night

29 Oct 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - If Joe Biden wins Donald Trump’s place as POTUS on Nov. 3, and the Senate turns Democrat, lots of things will change – chief among them tax and economic policy. But big tech companies and China’s Communist Party will gain no reprieve. Rob Cox, Gina Chon and John Foley discuss.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: Asia’s richest man, China dependency

22 Oct 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - Mukesh Ambani can divide his $200 bln Reliance Industries and still rule, says India editor Una Galani. Meantime, European and U.S. multinationals are growing increasingly reliant on Chinese growth, seeding future financial and political risks, Rob Cox and columnists discuss.

Breakingviews - Cox: China addiction looms as big corporate risk

22 Oct 2020

ZURICH (Reuters Breakingviews) - “Nice business you have got here, it would be a shame if something happened to it.” What sounds like a bad line from a mafia television sketch is pretty much the dilemma facing Western multinationals in China.

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