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  1. April 16, 2014

    UK wages rise above inflation after six-year squeeze

    The UK appears set for gradual increases in wages above inflation in the coming months, after the ending of a six-year...

  2. April 16, 2014

    Regulators’ attempts to hold back the financial tide are futile

    Rain causes flooding and flooding causes damage. Which shall we blame: the rain, the river or an inadequate system of...

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    April 16, 2014

    Apparently politically important jobs day - delayed!

    On Wednesday, the latest official employment data released by the Office for National Statistics showed a fall in the...

  4. April 15, 2014

    ‘Too big to fail’ is too big to ignore

    No solvent government will allow its entire banking industry to collapse. Leveraged institutions whose liabilities are more...

  5. April 15, 2014

    Economic experiments are fraught with danger

    It always seemed likely the UK’s elevated inflation rate in recent years would prove to be a temporary phenomenon. With...

  6. FT Alphaville

    April 15, 2014

    Further reading

    Elsewhere on Tuesday, - The Mystery of the Dots, Part II. - Three expensive milliseconds. - Live a modern life while...

  7. April 14, 2014

    Bundled debt will quicken recovery

    While the European Central Bank ponders the use of exotic instruments such as negative interest rates and perhaps even...

  8. April 11, 2014

    Osborne’s victory dance in DC

    It was billed as the “told you so” tour. And, in the end, George Osborne’s visit to the International Monetary Fund spring...

  9. April 11, 2014

    Are men’s shirt collars an economic indicator?

    Collars and dollars Style watchers are likely to be familiar with that barometer of economic strength known as the hemline...

  10. FT Alphaville

    April 11, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Of things and thingamies, connected: The Nasdaq may have fallen out of bed, but Dan...

  11. April 11, 2014

    Europe’s top central banks push for high-risk loan return

    Europe’s two top central banks will on Friday make a joint push to revive an asset class that was vilified for its role in...

  12. April 10, 2014

    Russia’s VTB chief accuses Bank of England of meddling

    The head of Russia’s second-largest bank by assets has accused the Bank of England of politically-motivated interference...

  13. April 10, 2014

    Brussels’ financial reform scuppers BoE’s bank lifeline

    The Bank of England will have to rethink how it acts as lender of last resort after Britain failed to revise incoming EU...

  14. April 10, 2014

    Bank of England maintains course on rates and QE

    The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee voted to keep monetary policy steady on Thursday, with the base rate at its...

  15. FT Alphaville

    April 10, 2014

    Doozer finance

    UK chancellor George Osborne announced on Monday that the Bank of England will initiate a scheme to help support export...

  16. April 10, 2014

    Surveyors’ survey sounds alarm on UK housing market imbalance

    A chronic imbalance between a shortage of housing supply and rising buyer demand is driving up house prices around the...

  17. April 8, 2014

    English law cannot stop Scots being sterling squatters

    Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, has stated that if Scotland became independent following September’s referendum,...

  18. April 7, 2014

    Europe’s top two central banks seek to revive ‘toxic’ assets

    Europe’s top two central banks are joining forces to push for the relaxation of rules on an asset class blamed for the...

  19. April 7, 2014

    Bank of England to support loans for UK exporters for first time

    George Osborne announced on Monday that the Bank of England will support export finance for the first time, as he attempts...

  20. April 6, 2014

    Debate over fund market risks grows

    Debate over whether asset managers should be subject to tighter regulation has intensified. Andrew Haldane, a senior Bank of...

  21. April 6, 2014

    Automation gets fillip from forex rigging allegations

    Man versus machine: a recent regulatory spotlight on alleged market rigging has accelerated a longstanding move to automated...

  22. April 6, 2014

    China takes slow boat to currency liberalisation

    The global debate over the potential for liberalisation of the Chinese renminbi is, to say the least, polarised. At one...

  23. April 4, 2014

    Asset management poses mounting risk to stability, BoE warns

    Regulatory pressure for a clampdown on the world’s $87tn asset management sector intensified on Friday as a leading Bank of...

  24. FT Alphaville

    April 4, 2014

    The age of asset management

    Andrew Haldane has declared the age of asset management upon us, but we suspect champagne corks will not be popping at...

  25. April 4, 2014

    Asset managers pose a risk to stability, BoE warns

    A senior Bank of England official has warned about the risks that the asset management industry poses to financial...

  26. April 3, 2014

    Osborne criticises FCA’s ‘egregious error’ over insurance probe

    Officials from the Financial Conduct Authority briefed the insurance trade body about plans for a review of life policies...

  27. April 2, 2014

    The muppet show – live from London

    For anyone raised outside Britain or certain Wall Street trading floors, it may seem hard to believe that the word “muppet”...

  28. April 2, 2014

    A tongue-lashing from Mr Osborne

    Since the UK coalition came to power in 2010, George Osborne has completely overhauled the regulatory system that oversees...

  29. April 1, 2014

    UK productivity shows ‘signs of life’

    Meagre growth in workers’ hourly output has highlighted Britain’s dire productivity and fuelled debate over how long...

  30. April 1, 2014

    Mixed messages on Scotland’s future

    In recent days the pro-unionist Better Together campaign in Scotland has suffered a significant and avoidable reverse. One...

  31. March 31, 2014

    Japan industrial production falls

    Industrial production disappointed in Japan, a negative figure before Tuesday’s consumption tax rise, the first in nearly...

  32. March 31, 2014

    George Osborne shifts Tory focus to ‘full employment’ in UK

    George Osborne has targeted “full employment” as the goal of a future Conservative government, as he attempts to redirect...

  33. March 31, 2014

    UK businesses tap reserves and bond market to fund growth

    Banks are playing a smaller role in the UK’s economic recovery than expected as companies turn to their own reserves and the...

  34. March 30, 2014

    Departing Lloyds chairman calls for return to ‘cosy’ regulation

    The departing chairman of Lloyds Banking Group has called for a return to 1970s-style informal banking regulation, when cosy...

  35. March 28, 2014

    Watchdogs home in on banks’ IT systems

    Banks’ ageing IT systems will come under fresh scrutiny from financial regulators as they attempt to put a stop to the...

  36. March 28, 2014

    Dame Clara Furse warns on appetite for equity

    Low interest rates may be masking a long-term problem of low investor appetite for equity, potentially threatening to starve...

  37. March 27, 2014

    Brittan on Britain

    I. Forced Normality My earliest semi-adult memories go back to the long, drawn-out struggle to persuade Sir Winston...

  38. March 27, 2014

    Bank stress tests focus on housing and interest rate shocks

    The Bank of England will assess lenders’ ability to weather a major shock in the housing market and an upward lurch in...

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