Professional services: Accounting for change

Consulting is back in vogue among the Big Four firms but some fear audit quality is at risk amid potential conflicts of interest

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Indonesia: A challenge to tradition

Strict Islamic laws in several provinces have raised fears that the world’s largest Muslim-majority country is taking an extremist turn

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Investment banking: Titans retreat

Post crisis, the biggest players turned to less risky activities, but those left still make good returns

Germany: Young people wanted

The country’s ageing population is threatening its position as Europe’s largest economy

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Investing: Whatever the weather?

The risk parity strategy pioneered by Ray Dalio and driving a $400bn industry faces a stiff test if the Fed raises rates

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Online media: Small screen, big money

YouTube stars gain appeal even as rivals line up to snatch a piece of the video advertising market

HMRC: The taxman cometh

UK authorities vowing crackdown on tax dodgers to prove system does not favour the rich and famous

China: Weakened foundations

Facing a slowdown, and with policy options running low, Beijing’s leaders broke an old taboo and devalued the renminbi

Eurozone: The case against ‘cash for reform’

EU bailouts were based on the belief that a wave of sovereign defaults could doom the single currency. But was it correct?

Japan: A pacifist’s plan to arm the world

PM hopes defence exports will boost the country’s industrial base and counter China’s rise

Investing: The index factor

FT series: Indices have become one of the most potent forces in markets

Google: Letters of intent

Under the Alphabet umbrella, the internet group seeks to distinguish the visionary from the wacky

IMF: Lagarde eyes new act in Greek drama

After months of talks, fund’s managing director hopes its stance on debt relief will be implemented

UK migration: Toil, trouble and tension

While the influx of workers is putting pressure on services, thousands of low-paid EU migrants face exploitation

History lessons feed rival Asia nationalisms

Amid signs of rising regional tension, China, Japan and South Korea are haunted by a bitter shared past

Aluminium: Meltdown fears

Soaring Chinese output is causing trade friction as rivals claim Beijing’s tax loopholes offer unfair advantage

Venezuela: ‘Terrorised by oil price drop’

FT series: Of the top oil producing nations it has been hit hardest

Activist investors mind their manners

Investors are realising they can have more success outside the US by taking a different approach

China migration: Dying for land

FT series: Urbanisation is leading to violent clashes between developers and farmers amid a fight for control of the land

Debt markets: After the binge

Low interest rates sparked record bond issuance but with rates set to rise the market is anxious