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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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,...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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....

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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,...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. May 13, 2014

    European Commission approves new Lloyds plan for TSB sale

    The European Commission has approved a revised plan by Lloyds Banking Group to float its TSB franchise, paving the way for...

  30. 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...

  31. 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...

  32. 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...

  33. 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...

  34. 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...

  35. April 7, 2014

    Equity not debt is the key to a creditable recovery

    Politicians of all shades seem united on one thing at least: the need for banks to keep lending. Since the financial crisis,...

  36. March 28, 2014

    Shrewd investors assess history’s threat to globalisation

    History, it appears, has restarted. Back in 1990, after the Berlin Wall fell, Francis Fukuyama famously prognosticated that...

  37. March 4, 2014

    Why my alma mater Oxford will struggle

    Iused to believe it was better to restore existing organisations than build new ones from scratch. It always seemed that...

  38. March 4, 2014

    The startling human progress that economists fail to see

    The ancient Greek runner Phidippides conveyed with his dying breath the news that the Persians had been defeated at...

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