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  1. 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....

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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,...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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...

  19. 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...

  20. 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,...

  21. 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...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. February 3, 2014

    Why pay for corporate high flyers is coming back to earth

    In 1976 the Harvard Business Review published an article entitled “The ‘devaluation’ of the American executive”. It bemoaned...

  25. January 28, 2014

    The world’s rich stay rich while the poor struggle to prosper

    Dear Bill Gates, We have never met, but your annual letter (coinciding with your Davos speech) seemed to be addressed...

  26. January 27, 2014

    Growth and globalisation cannot cure all the world’s ills

    Faced with a dangerous political threat, governments the world over tend to place their faith in the same magic medicine –...

  27. January 23, 2014

    Banish ‘inequality’ from the economist’s lexicon

    An American philosopher, CL Stevenson, coined the term “persuasive definition” for attempts to smuggle in contentious views...

  28. January 22, 2014

    China abandons its pursuit of growth at all costs

    If Hu Jintao was a growth junkie, Xi Jinping wants to put China’s economy on a methadone programme. Under Mr Hu, the former...

  29. January 22, 2014

    Refreshing the board

    A new issue is moving stealthily but surely from the offices of institutional investors to the boardrooms of America and...

  30. January 21, 2014

    The Wolf of Wall Street – my role in his redemption

    Jordan Belfort’s wife was right: there is no such thing as bad publicity. Mr Belfort, you should know by now, is the...

  31. January 16, 2014

    Tales from an overworked City

    During an internship at Goldman Sachs, one undergraduate, who prefers not to be named, learnt a great deal about banking –...

  32. January 9, 2014

    Make way for more wolves of Wall Street

    I suspect that many readers of the Financial Times will find something objectionable in Martin Scorsese’s latest film, The...

  33. January 9, 2014

    The economic soothsayers possess no crystal ball

    It is with some relief that I find my normal column date falls outside the season for new year forecasts. These are either...

  34. January 2, 2014

    Casinos’ worrying knack for consumer manipulation

    What if the future of capitalism is not to be found in Shenzhen, Abu Dhabi or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology...

  35. January 1, 2014

    Much ado about rising inequality

    In his “apostolic exhortation”, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis stated that “today we . . . have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to...

  36. December 30, 2013

    Mapping out 2014

    The Financial Times does not do horoscopes. But that does not mean we shy away from predicting the future. As in previous...

  37. December 30, 2013

    A tougher year for emerging markets

    Since the financial crisis, the global economy has travelled at two speeds. Developing countries have steamed ahead, powered...

  38. December 29, 2013

    Apple, Google and Facebook are latter-day Scrooges

    All across the world companies have in recent years been hoarding cash, nowhere more so than in the US. For at least a...

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