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Breakingviews - Top Trump economic aide sells last of credibility

Kevin Hassett is an economist who might have proved a champion of reason – and reasoning – in President Donald Trump’s administration. He has blown it with a report from the Council of Economic Advisers, which he chairs. It’s a thinly veiled political tilt at the economic straw man of socialism, issued just days before America’s midterm congressional elections.

Breakingviews - Record lottery threatens Silicon Valley self-worth

The Mega Millions lottery jackpot, available in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, has reached a record $1.6 billion. A successful punter or several will become at least as well off as founders of a hefty Silicon Valley technology unicorn. Rubbing shoulders on rich lists might rankle with startup billionaires – but their wealth owes plenty to luck, too.

Breakingviews - The Exchange: Kevin Rudd

Australia's prime minister in 2008 told Breakingviews how his government decided to spend some 6 pct of GDP on tax breaks, infrastructure and cash payments to citizens. That helped the country heavily exposed to China, commodities, finance and housing avoid a recession – just.

Breakingviews - Breakdown: Libor habit is hard and costly to kick

Finance and business will find Libor a painful and expensive habit to kick. Financial contracts worth more than $300 trillion are linked to the discredited London Interbank Offered Rate. Switching to new benchmark interest rates could disrupt economies as well as markets. Avoiding that outcome will take a lot of money, time, and a willingness to reconcile conflicting interests. Breakingviews explains what’s at stake.

Breakingviews - One alternative to tainted Saudi cash: Qatar

Epic natural-resource wealth, a ruling family becoming more progressive, and a pot of cash to invest in diversifying the economy. Until recently, asset managers looking for all that, plus Gulf exposure, would think first of Saudi Arabia. Ditto start-ups and governments attracted by the $45 billion pumped into SoftBank’s Vision Fund or $20 billion destined for a Blackstone infrastructure fund from the kingdom. With Riyadh’s reputation now crushed following the

Breakingviews - Kimberly-Clark points to end of long-tenured CEOs

Company bosses' shelf lives are getting shorter. Thomas Falk is stepping down as chief executive at Kimberly-Clark after 16 years, following in the recent footsteps of longstanding bosses at PepsiCo and Campbell Soup. It’s a sign of accelerating executive turnover at consumer-goods and industrial companies.

Breakingviews - KKR throws autos shareholders into a spin

KKR’s $7.1 billion splurge on a Fiat Chrysler-owned supplier is sending auto industry valuations into a spin. The buyout group is paying 16 times next year's earnings for Magneti Marelli, which will be merged with KKR portfolio company Calsonic Kansei. That's double what publicly traded car-parts peers are worth, according to Refinitiv data. Meanwhile, shares of marquee manufacturers trade at an even bigger discount. 

Breakingviews - Saudi turmoil is new twist on old C-suite dilemma

If Saudi Arabia was a corporation, its executive chairman would now consider replacing its chief executive, whose underlings have officially been accused of murdering an unarmed civilian in an overseas branch – the consulate in Istanbul. Saudi is not a company. It is an absolute monarchy, with a king and a crown prince rather than a chairman and CEO.

Breakingviews - The Exchange: Stephen Harper

Canada’s former prime minister, in office through the financial meltdown a decade ago, is an advocate for conservative politics with a small “c.” He talked to Breakingviews about the revamped NAFTA, Donald Trump’s standoff with China and the pros and cons of the loonie.

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