Breakingviews is Reuters' global brand for financial commentary. Every day, the publication comments on major financial topics and news stories as they break in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. Expert analysis is provided by a global team of about 30 columnists based in New York, London, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Washington, and Madrid. Through Thomson Reuters' desktop platforms and the breakingviews.com website, the site's columns reach financial professionals ranging from asset managers and senior corporate executives to private equity partners, investment bankers and lawyers. Breakingviews also syndicates selected content on Reuters.com and in publications including the International New York Times. The company was founded in 1999 as Breakingviews.com and was acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2009.
Breakingviews subscribers receive four emails per day, plus weekly summaries ups via email. About half of the site's paid subscribers are "banking professionals" and the remainder are "fund managers, corporates, public relations people or other professional services" including law firms and media organizations. Most subscriptions are paid by employers as opposed to individuals.
Breakingviews was founded in 1999 by Hugo Dixon, a former editor of the Financial Times' Lex column, and launched its website in July 2000. In 2001, the site became the first online business journal to win a Harold Wincott award, and its columnists have won numerous awards since then.
In 2005, the site launched a United States edition, led by founding editor Rob Cox. On January 1, 2007 the Wall Street Journal syndicated the service for a daily column on the back page of the "Money and Investing" section and WSJ.com. After Rupert Murdoch's News Corp bought Dow Jones, the parent of the Journal, the Breakingviews newspaper column moved to the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune (now the International New York Times), and to the Daily Telegraph in the U.K.
Reuters announced in October 2012 that Dixon would step down as global editor-in-chief of Breakingviews, to be succeeded by Cox.
In addition to Breakingviews columns carried in major news publications around the world, they have appeared in Fortune magazine, Slate.com, Económico (Portugal), Le Monde (France), Handelsblatt (Germany), NRC Handelsblad (Netherlands), Caijing (China), The Business Times (Singapore), The National (United Arab Emirates), Kauppalehti (Finland), El Pais and Cinco Dias (Spain), l'Agefi (Switzerland), La Stampa (Italy), Business Standard (India) and other leading print and online outlets.