Can shareholders have too much democracy?

Proxy access would be a chance to make boardrooms less male, pale and stale, writes Stephen Foley

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Central banks are being forced to rely on currency depreciation to loosen monetary policy, says John Plender
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Asset managers: superheroes of tomorrow

It would be nice, but fund houses are probably not hired to save the world, says Sophia Grene

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The rise of the visible hand in economics

Free markets are being reshaped dramatically, writes Subitha Subramaniam

Look past the shock tactics of divestment

Divestment is not always the only or best way to have a positive climate impact, writes Alan Brown

I told you so, and it wasn’t my fault

Central counterparties will be the next AIG, finds John Dizard

Commercial property on dangerous ground

Is investment in European real estate as safe as houses, asks Nicholas Spiro

Arbitrage in the electronic jungle

John Plender finds a marketplace fragmented by computerised reactions to short-term price movements

Cash is the current fund management king

Although cash offers little or no yield, it is not offering negative rates, writes David Oakley

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Stop the financial transaction tax. Again

The previous death of the FTT lacked a sanity clause, says John Dizard

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Lost decade of financial fundamentalism

Bullets are fired into the still-wriggling corpse of modern portfolio theory

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