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Breakingviews - Oil market inferno claims victims of all sizes

This week’s inferno in the oil market looks like a depressingly familiar story. Scores of dumb retail investors hoping for a bounce in the price of crude were immolated while savvy institutional players supplied petrol and matches. The reality is less straightforward.

Breakingviews - Tesla gets board street cred it sorely needs

Elon Musk is making Tesla’s board more sustainable. On Thursday the electric-car maker unveiled Hiromichi Mizuno as its newest director. Until last month he was the investment chief of Japan’s $1.5 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund, the world’s largest. That experience alone will be valuable to Tesla. But it’s the clout that Mizuno developed and wielded in environmental, social and governance issues during his five-year stint at GPIF that will serve t

Breakingviews - Tesla gets board street cred it sorely needs

Elon Musk is making Tesla’s board more sustainable. On Thursday the electric-car maker unveiled Hiromichi Mizuno as its newest director. Until last month he was the investment chief of Japan’s $1.5 trillion Government Pension Investment Fund, the world’s largest. That experience alone will be valuable to Tesla. But it’s the clout that Mizuno developed and wielded in environmental, social and governance issues during his five-year stint at GPIF that will serve t

Breakingviews - NFL draft is an anti-capitalist oddity to treasure

The NFL draft, a three-day bonanza in which U.S. professional football teams sign up rookie players, is as American as apple pie. It is also a total repudiation of the country’s most fiercely held principles about how markets should work. It should be treasured, and copied.

Breakingviews - Viewsroom: The F’d up oil market

Breakingviews columnists in London, Mumbai and Brooklyn discuss what’s going on in the global energy markets amid the coronavirus crisis, as well as Facebook’s big Indian deal and the U.S. government’s attempt to prop up small businesses with the Paycheck Protection Program.

Breakingviews - Just Eat puts convertibles at top of bankers’ menu

Just Eat Takeaway.com’s latest hot dish is a convertible bond. The Dutch food delivery group sold 300 million euros of the funky debt that converts into equity, capitalising on demand for the product amid volatile markets. For bankers, investors and the companies that issue them, the feast isn’t likely to end soon.

Breakingviews - Private banks’ loan push will survive virus scare

Wealth?managers’ lending appetite?should?survive the pandemic. Collapsing markets triggered a raft of margin calls on?loans?to rich clients?in the first quarter.?Yet Credit Suisse’s relatively modest first-quarter?bad debt?provisions suggest?the pain for big?wealth?managers?will be?manageable. And the promise of quick credit should ensure the?wealthy keep borrowing.

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