Jeremy Warner: There goes another Murdoch lieutenant

Outlook Peter Chernin's resignation as chief operating officer at News Corp will come as no surprise to followers of Rupert Murdoch's far-flung media empire. Mr Chernin is only the latest in a long line of executives to realise that unless your last name is Murdoch, you are never going to get to be top dog.

Jeremy Warner: Ninety per cent mortgages courtesy of the taxpayer

Outlook: The debt overhang of the boom has to be removed before a proper recovery can begin

Jeremy Warner: In half-hearted defence of hedgies

Outlook: Hedgies are speculators – no more, no less – and a lot of them aren’t even particularly clever

Jeremy Warner: We don’t need this many car-makers. Get used to it

Outlook If there was no future for Saab under General Motors’ ownership, there certainly won’t be as an independent entity. It’s still possible that a reluctant Swedish government might be persuaded to add the company to Sweden’s growing list of publicly owned enterprises, but absent of nationalisation, it is hard to see how else Saab can stagger on, even as a much-reduced, restructured organisation. Saab owners swear by them, but the company that makes these distinctively styled marques has always been sub-scale and struggled to make a profit even in the good times.

Jeremy Warner: Commercial property takes a terrible bath

Outlook A couple of years ago, when it looked as if we were app-roaching the top of the cycle, I asked a number of property companies how they expected to cope in a downturn. Remember, many commercial property developers had been completely wiped out in the recession of the early 1990s.

Jeremy Warner: Watch out for bond yields as public debt spirals out of control

Outlook So maybe bumper City bonuses weren't such a bad idea after all. City bonuses, together with the soaraway profits that their sponsoring organisations once used to make, have been helping sustain the public finances for years. Now they are largely gone, and the public finances are looking sicker than at any time since the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.

Jeremy Warner: Crisis envelops eastern Europe

Outlook Eastern Europe is the latest shoe to drop in the credit crisis. It's been bubbling up for ages, but exploded fully into the open this week when Moody's warned that it might downgrade the credit ratings of Western banks active in eastern Europe and the former Soviet bloc. Austrian banks are particularly heavily exposed.

Jeremy Warner: Thanks Dave. That’s just what investors needed

Outlook To believe the way they are reported in published company accounts, there is no problem with pension fund deficits right now. Some of them are obviously whoppers, but across the piste, defined benefit pension schemes look to be marginally in surplus. Unfortunately, this is just a trick of the accounting light.

Jeremy Warner: Bank resorts to extreme solutions. Possibly lethal too

Outlook Quantitative easing (QE) here we come. QE is the fancy term for increasing the money supply, or turning on the presses and printing money. Nothing exactly like it has been tried before on these shores, but something similar has, and on virtually all occasions it has proved disastrous.

Jeremy Warner: In attacking deflation are we not just stoking inflation?

Outlook To believe the noise, we are already in a 1930s-style deflation. Yet inflation figures announced yesterday show that we are not there quite yet. To the contrary, consumer price inflation (CPI) was still a way above target 3 per cent last month, while even the retail prices index (RPI), which takes account of plummeting mortgage and housing costs, is still above zero, albeit only marginally.

Jeremy Warner: L&G attempts to reassure on bonds

Outlook Tim Breedon, chief executive of Legal & General, hopes to put the lid on negative talk of rights issues and dividend cuts with yesterday’s statement on the group’s capital position. Has he succeeded? Precedent from the banking sector, where attempts to reassure have repeatedly been overtaken by events, would suggest not. With the mood in markets deeply bearish, analysts and investors seem unwilling to listen to the positive.

Jeremy Warner: Japanese horror show reveals depths of the global slump

Outlook: The data just keeps on getting worse and worse. The 3.3 per cent reduction in GDP reported yesterday by Japan for the final quarter of last year is by far the largest economic contraction for any of the big developed nations announced so far, and dwarfs anything that Japan experienced during its infamous "lost decade" of growth during the 1990s.

Jeremy Warner: Lloyds only has itself to blame for HBOS misery

Outlook: Is the mess Lloyds TSB has got itself into by acquiring HBOS down to the Prime Minister? It suits the Opposition's agenda to argue as such, but it is a long way from the truth. The reality is that both Sir Victor Blank, the Lloyds TSB chairman, and his chief executive, Eric Daniels, were hot to trot.

Jeremy Warner: Rights issue queue just keeps building

Outlook: There are not many things about the credit crunch that hand on heart I can claim to have seen coming, but I did repeatedly warn about the idiocy of share buybacks and leveraged takeovers. These fashions were in fact two halves of the same coin – they were about replacing equity with debt in the mistaken belief this was a more "efficient" use of capital.

Jeremy Warner: Right way forward for Rio, or another Chinese takeaway?

Outlook In attempting to address its short-term financing needs, Rio Tinto seems to be selling its soul. With credit about as scarce as hen's teeth, lots of companies are facing a similar dilemma – sell choice assets for bottom-of-the-market prices, or go down.

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