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    1. October 13, 2014

      If you believe the bond markets, we are all Japanese now

      When William Gibson, the cyberpunk novelist, declared at the turn of the century that “Japan is still the future”, he was...

    2. October 13, 2014

      Morales wins third presidential term in Bolivia

      Evo Morales won a third term as Bolivian president by a landslide on Sunday, according to exit polls, cementing his...

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    1. October 9, 2014

      The world needs new tools to tame capital flows

      While much has been done to reform the financial system, seven years after the crisis the faultlines in the international...

    2. September 30, 2014

      Why inequality is such a drag on economies

      W hen should growing inequality concern us? This is a moral and political question. It is also an economic one. It is...

    3. September 15, 2014

      China’s rise is a credit to private enterprise not state control

      There is no shortage of critics who confidently attribute China’s rise to state intervention in the economy. But the ranks...

    4. September 14, 2014

      Sinopec sells $17.4bn retail unit stake

      Chinese oil champion Sinopec is selling a $17.4bn stake in its retail unit to a large group of mostly domestic investors as...

    5. September 10, 2014

      A hacker mindset for success, the accelerated way

      In the 19th century, it took John D Rockefeller, the oil tycoon 46 years to make $1bn. In the late 2000s it took Andrew...

    6. September 4, 2014

      An unequal world is an uncharted economic threat

      This week, the American economy won a little burst of applause. The World Economic Forum issued its latest report on which...

    7. September 3, 2014

      Financial reform: Call to arms

      The financial crises and the years of economic malaise that followed represent profound failures of the economy and of...

    8. September 1, 2014

      Financial reforms will make the next crisis even messier

      There is a time-honoured way of protecting taxpayers from picking up the bill for the failure of a systemically important...

    9. August 31, 2014

      ‘The Impulse Society: What’s Wrong With Getting What We Want?’, by Paul Roberts

      Paul Roberts is disappointed and his disquiet is boundless. Facebook, General Motors, Wall Street, Carl Icahn, credit cards,...

    10. August 27, 2014

      The imperfect reality of modern Islamic finance

      Heaven’s Bankers, Inside the Hidden World of Islamic Finance, by Harris Irfan, Constable/Overlook Press, £20/$29.95 God has...

    11. August 26, 2014

      Opportunist shareholders must embrace commitment

      Limited-liability, privately owned joint-stock companies are the core institutions of modern capitalism. These entities are...

    12. August 18, 2014

      Strategies for calling time on long hours

      Grant Freeland began to worry about the amount of hours he put in at work when a number of talented consultants in his...

    13. August 13, 2014

      Business has lost its place in the community

      The relationship between business, government and society, shattered during the financial crisis of 2008, shows little sign...

    14. August 12, 2014

      Private-sector corruption with Chinese characteristics

      In the past year and a half, China has arrested thousands of public officials, to much applause at home and abroad. The...

    15. August 11, 2014

      Equality lacks relevance if the poor are growing richer

      Making men and women all equal. That I take to be the gist of our political theory.” This rejoinder to rightwingers who...

    16. July 25, 2014

      High tide for house prices is engulfing our economy

      London property prices are up almost 20 per cent over the past year. A beach hut in Dorset is on sale for £250,000. The UK’s...

    17. July 25, 2014

      Market mania: a ‘how-to’ guide to hot assets

      A 9ft by 18ft London garage is for sale for £500,000. An anonymous buyer just paid £2.5m for a bed because artist Tracey...

    18. July 24, 2014

      Corporatism not capitalism is to blame for inequality

      Lethargic growth, depressed employment, widespread job dissatisfaction and staggering debt – such is life in a western world...

    19. July 23, 2014

      Western anti-capitalists take too much for granted

      There is something paradoxical about the crisis of capitalism that has unfolded since the financial turmoil of 2008....

    20. July 15, 2014

      Target the planning laws not the one per cent

      About 40 per cent of the stated wealth of the UK – more than £3tn – does not exist. It is a terrible illusion. For the US...

    21. July 15, 2014

      China announces plan for reform of state-owned enterprises

      China has identified six large state-owned enterprises (SOEs) for a pilot programme to attract private investment and...

    22. June 23, 2014

      Business needs to make the case for capitalism

      British businesses urgently need to become actively involved in politics. There are serious short and long-term political...

    23. June 18, 2014

      Bank regulators need strong principles and firm rules

      The agencies that regulate financial markets are master craftsmen of detailed rule books. For decades, they have seen this...

    24. June 17, 2014

      Cults become a perversion of commerce

      George Orwell once wrote: “I have always thought there might be a lot of cash in starting a new religion.” Over the years a...

    25. June 15, 2014

      Prof Piketty’s r>g equation causes waves

      Economics has a new dividing line: between those who support Thomas Piketty’s warnings of an imminent return to 19th century...

    26. June 12, 2014

      Labour big beasts warn Miliband on alienating City

      Ed Miliband has been warned by two former Labour ministers that he is alienating business leaders by speaking a language...

    27. June 12, 2014

      UK politics: Labour and the City

      It was September 2010 and Ed Miliband had just completed the most remarkable act of political fratricide in recent times,...

    28. June 10, 2014

      Flood of cash needs to irrigate businesses

      Is there just too much capital? Asset prices are at record highs – be it London property or stock market indices – yet still...

    29. June 8, 2014

      Conflict-shy bosses

      In her feature last week, “The managers who fear conflict”, psychotherapist Naomi Shragai argued that a tendency to duck...

    30. June 4, 2014

      How to tame litter louts and bankers

      People have learnt to drop litter in a bin rather than where they happen to be standing. In the same way, bankers can be...

    31. May 27, 2014

      Disarm our doomsday machine

      Are financial crises an inevitable feature of capitalism? Must the government rescue the system when huge crises occur? In...

    32. May 25, 2014

      Piketty defends best-selling book from criticism

      Thomas Piketty, the French economist who wrote a best-selling book on inequality, has defended his work against criticism by...

    33. May 20, 2014

      Capitalism thrives by looking past the bottom line

      It is no coincidence that the jargon of capitalism borrows so heavily from the language of human relationships: think...

    34. May 5, 2014

      Tory tax on property is perfect for the Piketty age

      A time traveller to modern Britain from the mid-20th century would not shake a righteous fist at the inequality we tolerate...

    35. April 30, 2014

      The nine stages of the Piketty bubble

      Concern is growing that much of the western world is heading into a “Piketty bubble” – a social and economic phenomenon that...

    36. April 28, 2014

      Money creation is too vital to be left to the state

      Modern governments claim a monopoly over the creation of cash, and this is often said to be the wellspring of their economic...

    37. April 28, 2014

      Why must financiers meditate in secret?

      Iam sitting in a packed conference room, somewhere in the heart of London’s financial centre, in an office I have sworn not...

    38. April 25, 2014

      Yuppy Stakhanovites give work a bad name

      “A ‘super’ working class is emerging made up of well-educated rich people who work longer hours than the poor and who do not...

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