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Breakingviews TV: Retail duel

Dec 24 – Amazon and Walmart are U.S. retail’s biggest rivals, and they’re starting to look more alike. Jen Saba predicts that the two giant companies will take more leaves from each other’s strategy books in 2019, while the rest of the sector goes through further painful gyrations.

Breakingviews TV: Xi's speech

The Chinese president gave a much-anticipated speech honoring the 40th anniversary of China’s reform movement. Pete Sweeney and Chris Beddor talk about what, if any, substance there was behind his platitudes about market forces, Marxism and Party leadership.

Breakingviews TV: Holy smokes!

Altria’s $12.8 bln purchase of a third of Juul Labs is a Hail Mary pass of an M&A deal. The Marlboro maker hopes the vaping boom can supplant its waning cigarette business, but it’s slashing jobs to pay for the deal and still won’t escape the risk of health regulations.

Breakingviews TV: Buyout blues

Dec 19 – Private equity investors could be in for a shock if debt markets sag and the economy slows. John Foley says the industry’s vaunted 15 percent annual returns on M&A deals could fall as low as 5 percent if valuations return to historical levels and profit growth dips.

Breakingviews TV: New Goldman

David Solomon starts his first year as Goldman Sachs CEO with a mandate to grow the Wall Street firm, and something to prove. John Foley looks at how he could close the gap with crosstown rival Morgan Stanley, provided the bubbling 1MDB scandal doesn’t dominate his to-do list.

Breakingviews TV: Woe Canada

U.S. corporate tax cuts and rising shale oil production pose an economic threat to the country’s northern neighbor. John Foley says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau can best respond by cutting Canada’s internal trade barriers and being more welcoming to foreign investment.

Breakingviews TV: Ottawa pinch

Dec 14 – Two Canadian citizens have been detained in China on suspicion of harming national security. Meanwhile, Huawei’s CFO has been freed in Canada on bail but still faces extradition to the U.S. Christopher Beddor and Pete Sweeney discuss the situation and Beijing’s motives.

Breakingviews TV: Fiat first

Peugeot chief Carlos Tavares is a logical replacement for detained Renault and Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn. But there might be a better use of his time: buying Italian-American carmaker Fiat Chrysler. Liam Proud explains.

Breakingviews TV: Rays of hope

The petro-axis of the United States, Saudi Arabia and Russia stalled progress at the UN climate change conference in Poland. Yet Antony Currie explains that investors are driving change, such as prodding Royal Dutch Shell to tie executive pay to carbon emission targets.

Breakingviews TV: Shocking GE

General Electric could go from bad to worse in 2019. With the ailing firm ever more dependent on aviation, Lauren Silva Laughlin explains that a downturn in the airline business or poorer financing terms at GE Capital could frustrate CEO Larry Culp’s turnaround efforts.

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