TTIP Q&A: What is it - and should we be worried?

Q. What is the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?

Laying a pipeline in North Dakota. Shale oil has seen US production soar and imports slump

Oil's plunge: Put crudely, we’re drowning in it

The rise of shale, aka fracking, and weak demand from big consumer countries have combined to push the oil price sharply lower. Russell Lynch asks what the future holds

Glencore’s chief executive Ivan Glasenberg has a reputation as a trader like few others

Ivan Glasenberg’s iron will at Glencore could still force mega-merger with Rio Tinto

The miner may have rebuffed the first approach from the commodity giant, but don’t write a deal off yet

The Week Ahead: The City to get snapshot of the recruitment sector

The City will get a snapshot of the recruitment sector this week, as both Robert Walters and Hays update the market.

Dame Sue Ion says the turning point was when a teacher suggested she read material sciences

If engineering is hot, will it expand to meet demand for new recruits?

A video of dancing engineers has gone viral, with the side effect of drawing inquiries from prospective students. But Dame Sue Ion says many more graduates are needed, particularly women. She spoke to Margareta Pagano

Osamu Masuko expects Mitsubishi’s hybrids production to be about 20 per cent by 2020

Osamu Masuko: Any colour car, as long as its green

The Mitsubishi chief executive, in London this week, spoke to Mark Leftly about his vision for a low-emissions future and the role Britain has to play in it

Kristin Forbes is also a professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Kristin Forbes: Hawk or dove? No, she’s a data hound

Having joined the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee in July, she has come under intense scrunity. Russell Lynch spoke to her on the day of her first MPC speech and asked how she would describe herself

Carmen Segarra had said she was surprised by a remark at Goldman. A fellow regulator told her, ‘You didn’t hear that’

Goldman Sachs: the secret tapes

The leaking of confidential conversations with the Federal Reserve reveals an alarming truth about financial oversight: Wall Street regulators are paid by Wall Street to take Wall Street at its word. No wonder the banks always seem to get away with it, says the acclaimed author Michael Lewis

The Week Ahead: New Sainsbury’s chief executive to present second-quarter trading figures

Like most of the 'Big Four' Sainsbury’s has come under pressure from discounters like Aldi and Lidl

What the Sunday papers said

Independent on Sunday: Headhunters push for more women bosses

Egon Zehnder, one of the world’s leading executive headhunters, has vowed to unsettle the male-dominated executive positions of the UK’s FTSE 100 companies, and its newly appointed UK managing director Miranda Pode is leading its charge.

Tesco has a reputation as a cut-throat employer where staff are pushed hard to achieve targets

Inside Tesco’s bonus-fuelled regime of fear and machismo

As the supermarket giant is brought low by an accounting scandal, Simon Neville examines the culture of fear and intimidation that kept suppliers in line and staff ‘motivated’ and asks whether it helped to dig the £250m black hole

Russell Crowe played a former tobacco company employee who blows the whistle on the industry’s underhand tactics in the film ‘The Insider’

Who would be a whistleblower?

Despite compensation payouts in the millions, few are ready to speak out against Wall Street. But, as Mark McSherry discovers, the US is serious about clamping down on fraud

Tesco will try and bill suppliers for wastage if goods are unsold, an anonymous source says

Tesco crisis: ‘They say every little helps, but supermarket’s demands are never little’

As the grocer stuns the markets by saying it has overstated its half-year profit guidance by £250m, a supermarket supplier describes his trading experiences in the cut-throat market

Yahoo emerges as biggest loser from Alibaba IPO as investors dump stock

Mayer's turnaround strategy for Yahoo's core business takes centre stage- and investors are worried

Lending puzzle still has missing pieces

Aldermore’s float has been touted as a sign that challenger banks are coming into their own. But there is still a long way to go before SMEs are properly served

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Construction is among the sectors where growth has slowed since the spring
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Premier Foods changed its policy on 'pay to stay' contracts for its suppliers after they were exposed
If you’re a large company with hundreds of suppliers, each individual firm is entirely expendable, writes David Prosser
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow
While low oil prices are toxic for the energy export-dominated Russian economy, they are a boon for Western consumers, says Ben Chu
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Bankers who reach the dizzy heights of partnership status at Goldman Sachs achieve legendary status in the bank’s London office
Exclusive: Being a partner at the bank has an almost mythological status, and an internal memo seen by Jim Armitage shows the qualities needed to make it - like charging a pension fund $70m
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Rocket Internet’s founder Oliver Samwer, centre, with the incubator’s chief executive and finance director when it listed in October
The German-based start-up factory has churned out more than 100 businesses in recent years. And now it’s looking to replicate its success here, says Oscar Williams-Grut
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The rouble staged a brief recovery yesterday before resuming its slide
A massive central bank interest rate hike failed to support the rouble. This crisis is slipping out of Moscow’s control, says Ben Chu
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Ringing the changes: BT has come a long way since the days of the General Post Office
BT's basic business of running wires into homes and businesses is hugely profitable, writes Hamish McRae
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Satyajit Das: Donors are free to channel funds to their chosen causes, some noble, some hubristic and some just plain odd
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The Uber app allows passengers to hail a taxi with a smartphone
Uber facing down the cabbies by recruiting lobbyists to push for law changes, says Oscar Williams-Grut
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VIDEO City analysts sound the alarm over the upcoming Premier League rights auction as shares in TV giant slide
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Self-employment is particularly important in construction
Self-employment conveys considerable risks: many lose their jobs, their houses, and even their marriages, writes David Blanchflower
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Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
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Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

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