Mental illness can no longer be ignored

Given the considerable economic costs to society, treatment would pay for itself

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Climate sceptics are losing their grip

Our current path is likely to cause irreversible and costly damage

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Bad advice from Basel’s Jeremiah

The Bank for International Settlements’ proposals for post-crisis policy have serious flaws

An uneven recovery is no reason to relax

When interest rates rise in the UK they are likely to hit the economy harder than before

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Defend Argentina from the vultures

A creditor paid more to take on the risk of a default cannot then be surprised by it

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A climate fix would ruin investors

Humanity is making risky climate bets and ExxonMobil will probably be proved right

No haven for UK halfway out of Europe

Attempts to keep privileged access to EU markets outside the EU would be an added humiliation

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Three events that shaped our world

If there is one lesson from the past 100 years it is that we are doomed to co-operate

Draghi pulls another rabbit out of his hat

Further falls in inflation are likely and Japanese-style deflation is conceivable

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Bold reforms aid Mexico’s growth

Spur has been big improvements in policy but also in governance

A split UK is not for a week but for ever

Politicians sound like hucksters making rival pitches in a debate that has become paltry

Disarm our doomsday machine

A crisis-prone system calls for measures to minimise the damage in the event of the inevitable

India’s election remakes our world

Modi must accelerate economic progress to benefit the vast majority, not just the elites

Time for Draghi to open the sluice

Markets are betting on indefinite austerity. If it comes to an end, the euro crisis could return

Experts broadly positive on recovery but warn risks remain

Martin Wolf asks top economists about prospects for global recovery

AstraZeneca is more than investors’ call

Shareholders build diversified portfolios to avoid risk. Employees are far more exposed

Wipe out rentiers with cheap money

Cautious savers no longer serve a useful economic purpose

A ripple of hope in a stagnant world

Excess supply and low interest rates go hand in hand and could put the recovery at risk

An equal society will not hinder growth

Inequality damages the economy and efforts to remedy it are, on the whole, not harmful

Strip banks of the power to create money

The giant hole at the heart of our market economies needs to be plugged


Martin Wolf Martin Wolf is chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, honorary fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford University, an honorary fellow of the Oxford Institute for Economic Policy (Oxonia) and an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham.

He has been a forum fellow at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos since 1999 and a member of its International Media Council since 2006. He was made a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Nottingham University in July 2006. He was made a Doctor of Science (Economics) of London University, honoris causa, by the London School of Economics in December 2006. He was a member of the UK government's Independent Commission on Banking in 2010-2011. Martin's most recent publications are Why Globalization Works and Fixing Global Finance.

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