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    1. January 11, 2015

      Another commercial behemoth falls to earth

      Spawning new phrases into the language can be a sign of pre-eminence in the commercial world. To be “Rolls-Royce” is still a...

    2. January 8, 2015

      Blame the rise of the plutocrats on politics not capitalism

      It is easy to complain about modern capitalism. It is not so easy to offer a real alternative — and when critics of the...

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    1. January 6, 2015

      How financiers turned back forces of equality

      In 1920, the 1 per cent — the top percentile of the income distribution — accounted for 15-20 per cent of total gross income...

    2. January 5, 2015

      Monetary activism is a virus that infects politics

      Money is a store of value, quoth the obsolete textbooks. Post-Lehman, money is rather an instrument of public policy. In the...

    3. January 4, 2015

      Ruben Vardanian, former Troika Dialog CEO: a grumbling optimist

      For a man once called the poster boy of Russian capitalism, Ruben Vardanian is remarkably relaxed about the crisis erupting...

    4. December 30, 2014

      FT Predictions: the world in 2015

      As 2014 comes to a close, the Financial Times once again engages in a harmless bit of soothsaying. As ever, we invite some...

    5. December 23, 2014

      There is rationality at work in the season of forced goodwill

      So it is Christmas. And, as every year, people will spend time with relatives they do not much like, give presents that the...

    6. December 22, 2014

      A year in a word: Inequality

      Inequality noun — a parlous state of unfairness to which solipsistic western societies are inexorably being dragged despite...

    7. December 21, 2014

      Investment: Loser’s game

      The debate over how our savings should be managed has raged for years. Should our retirement funds be placed, as they have...

    8. December 18, 2014

      The January effect after the Santa rally

      It took a while, but the Santa rally finally showed up, courtesy of Janet Yellen and her busy elves at the Federal Reserve’s...

    9. November 25, 2014

      The capitalists sold the mills and bought all our futures

      If you want to measure the capital possessed by a nation, there are two ways of doing it. One is to travel the length and...

    10. November 20, 2014

      Notebook: The road from serfdom divides Briton from Briton

      For a parable of modern Britain, consult a dead Russian. “The Cherry Orchard” by Anton Chekhov is running at London’s Young...

    11. November 19, 2014

      Half of British people expect another global crash in next 12 months

      Half of the British public expects another global financial crisis at some point in the next year, with corruption...

    12. November 19, 2014

      A corporate balance sheet with a little added love

      What is the purpose of business? Many executives would say their task is to maximise returns for shareholders by serving the...

    13. November 11, 2014

      Sentimentality, laziness and squeamishness bloat company costs

      Governments and political parties can be broadly divided into those which believe it is their duty to carry out more and...

    14. October 24, 2014

      Lunch with the FT: Russell Brand

      Towards the end of lunch with Russell Brand, in the course of which the comedian has called on everyone to stop paying...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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,...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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....

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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