Crucial test for gold as QE largesse ends

Bullion is highly sensitive to chartism and technical factors

Fed to give clearer signal on rates rise

Minutes come ahead of central bankers’ gathering

Draghi must start doing whatever it takes

You cannot conjure a recovery by summoning the confidence fairy, writes Richard Portes

The glitches in government IT contracts

Raytheon award just latest in series of big project problems

Raytheon’s timeline of problems

Contract was ended after concerns raised over electronic border

Councils privatise their legal departments

Liberalisation of market allows authorities to bolster finances

Central bankers gather at Jackson Hole

Fed and BoE minutes also in spotlight

A step too far for UK tax authorities

HMRC cannot be allowed to raid private bank accounts

House price boom to lift death duty take

Forecasts suggest levy to yield nearly 0.3% of national income

Europe now needs full-blown QE

ECB must take bold moves to lift growth across eurozone

The puzzle is why Salmond wants to go

Scotland’s first minister seems unable to say why he wants independence, says Adam Tomkins

Carillion/Balfour Beatty: hard hats

Mooted deal between UK builders does not look attractive

Balfour’s bear necessity

Carillion ratcheting up the pressure on Marshall

The challenges facing Abenomics

Japan needs a new effort to revive its flagging economy

Contract wins help G4S stage comeback

Security group wins £1.2bn of new work in first half

PageGroup profit hurt by strong pound

Currency movements shave £33m off revenues

Abenomics rattled by Japan dip in growth

Annualised contraction of 6.8% worst since tsunami of 2011

HP bombshell shocked corporate world

Mike Lynch claims attack was designed to mask HP’s poor results

Serco on ‘long journey’ to recovery

Soames admits staff ‘traumatised’ after blunders

Serco: talk the talk

Pledge of focusing on returns not revenue will be hard to achieve

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