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    1. July 23, 2015

      Japan CPI basket turns to the elderly and pets

      Lemons, thermometers, marker pens and car wax are to vanish from Japan’s consumer price index as fewer babies are born,...

    2. July 20, 2015

      Companies can invest and conduct buybacks

      A fashionable view among macroeconomists today is that investment by publicly quoted companies is being curtailed by...

    3. July 17, 2015

      Free Lunch: Getting down to business of ending poverty

      Quarrels belie improved consensus The third global conference on financing economic development concluded on Thursday...

    4. July 16, 2015

      Free Lunch: The broken technology diffusion machine

      Knowing our unknowns on productivity Diane Coyle recently reflected on the great productivity debate in an FT blog...

    5. July 12, 2015

      Business of saving the poor arrives in Addis Ababa

      At first glance Power of Nutrition looks like any modern-day charity with a laudable raison d’être. By 2020 it wants to...

    6. July 12, 2015

      IMF warns pension funds could pose systemic risks to the US

      The International Monetary Fund has warned that pension funds could pose systemic risks to the US financial system,...

    7. July 9, 2015

      OECD warns time is running out for generation of unemployed

      Time is running out to stop millions of people from becoming permanently unemployed or trapped in low paid and insecure...

    8. July 5, 2015

      OECD warns pension funds over ‘excessive search for yield’

      Pension fund managers and life insurance companies are increasing their chances of going bust if they undertake...

    9. July 3, 2015

      Osborne plans ‘non-dom’ tax crackdown in Budget

      George Osborne is planning another crackdown on wealthy UK “non-doms” in next week’s Budget, as part of a £5bn plan to...

    10. July 1, 2015

      Meat eating set to drive growth in grain demand

      Livestock feed will drive demand for grains and other cereals in the next decade as human grain consumption and the use...

    11. June 28, 2015

      The week: June 29

      • Pension funds and life assurers are in danger of failing to keep their promises to savers because of rock-bottom...

    12. June 25, 2015

      Spain’s recovery quickens but one in four still unemployed

      Amid the tidal wave of upbeat economic data coming out of Spain these days, it is often the small items that stand out....

    13. June 24, 2015

      Buyback strategies could yet backfire

      Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the OECD, is puzzled. Why are corporate bosses so worried that they prefer to buy...

    14. June 24, 2015

      OECD warns over pension scheme solvency as low rates bite

      Retirement funds and life assurers are in danger of being unable to keep their promises to pensioners and policyholders...

    15. June 22, 2015

      Tax blacklist provokes offshore fury

      Bermuda has attacked a tax haven list drawn up by Brussels as “unjustified and baseless”, adding to criticism of the...

    16. June 21, 2015

      UK faces pressure to commit to Nato target

      The UK will come under further pressure to commit to support for the military on Monday when Nato publishes its latest...

    17. June 19, 2015

      US faces gun stand-off after Charleston

      The front page of Charleston’s Post and Courier newspaper on Thursday ran a banner headline that read “Church attack...

    18. June 17, 2015

      Developed nations urged to end bias towards debt-based finance

      The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has called for developed countries to end their bias in...

    19. June 16, 2015

      Shell warns of trade threat posed by tax uncertainty

      One of Europe’s largest companies has warned that tensions over a planned crackdown on corporate tax avoidance pose a...

    20. June 15, 2015

      UK cut spending as hard as nations in eurozone crisis

      Britain’s coalition government slashed spending as deeply as countries embroiled in the eurozone crisis, new figures...

    21. June 14, 2015

      Ministers change categories to blow up defence budget for Nato

      Ministers are stretching to the limit what can be counted as defence spending to shoehorn elements of intelligence and...

    22. June 12, 2015

      Giant steps in aerospace for all mankind

      The world’s space economy grew by about 10 per cent last year to more than $330bn, according to the Colorado-based...

    23. June 9, 2015

      Amazon among multinationals yielding to global tax crackdown

      Several leading multinational companies have come a long way towards dismantling structures they have used to minimise...

    24. June 7, 2015

      South Korea working to boost demand

      South Korea’s finance minister has criticised leading world economies for not doing enough to counter a slump in global...

    25. June 3, 2015

      OECD urges Osborne to ease back on UK spending cuts

      Pressure mounted on George Osborne on Wednesday to ease back on the pace of austerity when an international...

    26. June 3, 2015

      ‘Sir Angel’ exposes devil in the detail of UK cuts

      David Cameron’s vision for his second term is about to crash into fiscal reality as George Osborne prepares his summer...

    27. June 3, 2015

      OECD slashes global growth forecast

      The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has slashed its forecasts for global growth, as it warned...

    28. June 3, 2015

      OECD warns Britain to spread spending cuts more evenly

      The UK government should even out its planned deficit reduction over the next five years to “lower the impact on...

    29. May 27, 2015

      UK and US graduates weaker on numeracy than peers, says OECD

      UK graduates leave university with lower numeracy skills than their peers in any other country except the US, according...

    30. May 26, 2015

      OECD reappoints Angel Gurría as chief

      Angel Gurría has been reappointed to the helm of the OECD, after the 34 member countries of the group that aims to...

    31. May 21, 2015

      Free Lunch: Slice your cake and grow it too

      Dilemma dismantled? It is another nail in the coffin for the idea that inequality is the price we must pay for economic...

    32. May 15, 2015

      UK employers near limit on recruiting skilled migrants

      UK employers who recruit specialist workers from outside the EU face increasing curbs as an annual quota on skilled...

    33. May 6, 2015

      Former fraud chief Richard Alderman quits OECD bribery group

      A former director of the UK’s Serious Fraud Office, Richard Alderman, has stepped down from an OECD advisory group on...

    34. May 4, 2015

      OECD urges Sweden to reform schools system

      A review of Sweden’s troubled schools has called for sweeping changes in the Scandinavian country hitherto held up as a...

    35. May 3, 2015

      Scrapping of reduced VAT rates provokes welfare debate

      When Iceland piled heavier taxes on to food this year, the International Monetary Fund applauded “this important...

    36. April 29, 2015

      Conquistadors lose sense of adventure

      Remember Spain’s modern-day conquistadors? In the years before the great recession, that was the name bestowed on a...

    37. April 22, 2015

      Companies fall short on conflict minerals reporting, says Amnesty

      The majority of companies that have to file reports to the US financial regulator on their use of minerals mined in the...

    38. April 20, 2015

      South Korea contract workers at heart of labour reform challenge

      Fifteen years ago, Park Soon-bo joined South Korea’s largest carmaker on a short-term contract. Now 42, he is still...

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