Alan Murray, Fortune

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Recent articles by Alan:

When Two Models of Capitalism Collide

Good morning. The quick collapse of Kraft Heinz Co.’s $143 billion bid for Unilever over the weekend has sparked lots of analysis about what went wrong. Some say Kraft, which is backed by the Brazilian private equity firm 3G and by Warren Buffett, was surprised by Unilever CEO Paul Polman’s vehement opposition to the deal. Buffett has a well-known aversion to hostile bids. Others cited cultural… → Read More

Accenture to Create 15,000 Jobs at New Regional Innovation Hubs

Julie Sweet promises 15,000 new jobs in regional 'innovation hubs'. → Read More

Trump: The Case for Optimism

Why the better instincts of the new administration may outweigh the bad ones. → Read More

Capitalism at the Crossroads

Good morning. “Capitalism is at a crossroads: renewal or decline.” So say Steve Odland and Joseph Minarik of the Council for Economic Development in their new book, Sustaining Capitalism. The book argues that plunging trust in business, diminished confidence in the fairness of the economic system, and a loss of faith in capitalism itself, pose a crippling threat to our economic future. Odland is… → Read More

Brian Krzanich and Intel's Delicate Dance With Donald Trump

Encouraging the good, while lobbying against the bad → Read More

Long-Term Thinking Is Best, New Study Shows

Those who take the longer view outperform on key metrics → Read More

China's Foreign Reserves Hit 6-Year Low, Giving Beijing a Headache

Beijing's foreign reserves just hit a six-year low → Read More

Battered CEOs Meet With Trump in Washington

President Trump meets this morning with the CEOs of major U.S. corporations who have agreed to sit on his Strategic and Policy Forum—a group led by Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman that includes GM’s Mary Barra, J.P. Morgan’s Jamie Dimon, Disney’s Bob Iger, Pepsi’s Indra Nooyi, IBM’s Ginni Rometty, Walmart's Doug McMillon and more. Two weeks into his administration, they all must be feeling the… → Read More

The End of the Honeymoon

Silicon Valley pushes back against the immigration ban → Read More

Filet Mignon and a Howitzer

The macro and the micro of Donald Trump's policy agenda → Read More

Big Carrot, Big Stick

Good morning. Donald Trump doubled down on his carrot and stick routine with big business Monday, reinforcing the central message of his economic policy: Manufacture in the U.S., and I will shower you with benefits. Manufacture abroad, and you will be hit with tariffs and taxes. The President met with a dozen top U.S. CEOs, and promised to wipe out 75% of the regulations that hinder their… → Read More

Donald Trump's Zero-Sum Vision for the U.S. Economy

Protectionism will have a dire effect on U.S. companies → Read More

Davos, AI and a New Social Contract

Good morning from Davos. At 7 a.m., I was standing at the back of a long line in near-zero weather, waiting to get through security and wondering if it was worth the effort to start my day so early (especially after visiting Anthony Scaramucci’s fine wine party the night before.) Turned out, it was. The breakfast discussion on artificial intelligence, hosted by McKinsey, included Mustafa… → Read More

Xi Jinping Warns on Protectionism at Davos

Protectionism is like sitting in a dark, closed room, Xi says → Read More

Davos in Crisis as Trust in Business, Government Crumbles

Good morning. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m in Davos - the Swiss mountain retreat for the global corporate elite that has fallen out of favor in an era of anti-global, anti-corporate, anti-elite public sentiment. Judging from my calendar, there’s no sign CEOs are pulling back this year. They apparently still find it an efficient place to do business -- in four days’ time, they can arrange meetings… → Read More

Of Tillerson and Taxes

Good morning. The business press is having a hard time this week sorting out whether Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson is getting a sweetheart tax deal for joining the Trump administration. At the New York Times, Andrew Ross Sorkin took on those who say Tillerson is dodging a huge tax bill, with a headline that declared: “That’s not the case.” But Jesse Drucker at the same paper quoted tax experts saying… → Read More

Are Millennial Leaders Different?

The next generation of CEOs will bring a new approach to leadership → Read More

Passengers Shows There Are Some Questions You Can't Ask Robots

'Passengers' gets to the heart of the big robotics question → Read More

Trump's Industrial Policy: Twitter Threats and Promises of Lower Taxes

A potent combination of Twitter bullying and promises on taxes → Read More

A Path Through the Washington Gridlock

It’s now up to business leaders to break through the Washington mess. → Read More