The Week Ahead: Will Mark Carney have to pen his first letter to the Chancellor?

Will Mark Carney have to pen his first letter to the Chancellor this week? October’s inflation figures are out tomorrow and economists are divided as to whether the figure will dip below the 1 per cent threshold at which the Bank of England Governor must write to George Osborne to explain why it has missed the 2 per cent target by such a margin.

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Where's the meat in the workers' pay?

Fast-food giants have had to flip their policy on low wages in the US and the campaigners who turned the tables have arrived here to try to do it again

Bob Diamond’s bonuses ran into the hundreds of millions of pounds at Barclays

Banks: Too big to fail, too big to go to jail. Who’s sorry?

We’ve had a credit crunch, bailouts and one scandal after another. So what is it about banking, asks Chris Blackhurst, that has made it immune to punishment?

G20 in 20: All you need to know about Brisbane Leaders summit in 20 facts

After months of political hype, the G20 Leaders Summit is upon us this weekend. Here are 20 serious and fun facts to help guide you through the annual meeting of the world's most powerful politicians

Workers on the sandwich production line at a Greencore factory

So who gives us our daily bread? Not British workers, according to a story making the headlines this week

But, says Laura Chesters, migrant labour has traditionally been the filling in the middle of the sandwich industry

The future looks rosé for fine wine

Despite the recession, several poor vintages and counterfeit labels at the top end of the market, Anthony Rose says there is light at the end of the barrel for investors

The Week Ahead: Eyes on Sainsbury's with Coupe to reveal the results of strategy review

Mike Coupe will set out his battle plans for Sainsbury’s this week in a bid to convince investors that the supermarket can keep pace in the changing market.

I quit! From Roy Keane to Neil Young via Giles Coren: the book that charts the brief history of the furious resignation

There is a poetry to the best resignation letters that comes from having nothing to lose, says Matt Potter, author of 'F**k You and Goodbye'
A man lays flowers inside the burnt trade union building in Odessa, Ukraine, where more than 50 people died following a series of riots

Russia and the West need a compromise over the Crimea

A peaceful peninsula would benefit Russia and Europe as well as Ukraine. Alexander Lebedev and Vladislav Inozemtsev explain how – and why

The detained Saif al-Islam Gaddafi gives evidence on court television in Libya earlier this year

Banking in Libya: a dangerous game?

London banks allegedly duped impoverished Libya into worthless investments. A whistleblower explains what he got for his troubles

The banks bite back: Lloyds said the CMA’s view was ‘inconsistent with what we find on the ground’

How do you solve a problem like banks?

The Competition & Markets Authority has unleashed a full investigation into the grip of the ‘big four’. But politics could monopolise the outcome

(Left to right) Lulu Kennedy, Alek Wek, Baroness Lawrence, Emma Thompson, Rachel Khoo, Annie Lennox and Rita Ora in M&S’s 2014 campaign

The brothers who could save M&S

You may never have heard of them, but hiring the Lindseys is Marc Bolland's best move yet, says Simon Neville

YouView’s users will now have access to Netflix content, including hit US crime dramas, such as ‘Breaking Bad’, which was being promoted as the deal was announced at a public tent on the South Bank in London

Once-troubled YouView is now breaking good

Move comes as internet TV service predicts  customer base has grown to 2 million

Henry Blodget

Henry Blodget interview: Business Insider launches in the UK

The former Wall Strret supremo on his new venture - and why he'll always hate snark

Plummeting oil prices have caused the cost of petrol in the United States to dip below $3 a gallon in some areas

David Blanchflower: Woof! The deflation dog is barking loudly – but the Bank of England won’t do anything

There is a huge stock of assets remaining on the Federal Reserve’s balance sheet of $4 trillion

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Tax on a typical North Sea oil field is now 50 per cent – as it was in 2010
Financial markets have generally assumed lower oil prices are good for asset prices, resulting from the positive effect on growth and lower inflation which extends the period of low interest rates. In reality, the large movement in oil prices has the potential to create significant financial instability, especially in debt markets, says Satyajit Das
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Philip Smith quit RSA in November 2013, calling the internal investigation ‘fundamentally flawed’
The former chief executive, Philip Smith, is taking the insurer to a Dublin employment tribunal for constructive dismissal. Joe Brennan reports on the scandal that triggered the biggest sell-off in the company’s shares for almost a decade.
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‘Too much delay’: Louise Ellman, chair of the Commons Transport Committee
Holey Corporate Governance! is how one law firm describes professional services outfit Quindell, in a nod to the classic 1960s Batman TV-show, writes James Moore
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The Louis Vuitton store in Austria had its windows smashed by protesters last year
If there is any lesson to be learnt from the high-profile arrest of the billionaire gas tycoon Dmitry Firtash, it is this: watch where you do your luxury shopping in Vienna, says Jim Armitage
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The assumption that women are not as competent in leadership positions as men are leads to increased stress in the workplace
There has been progress in boosting female entrepreneurship in recent years, but nowhere near enough, says David Prosser
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Ben Bernanke said deflation was usually caused by a collapse in demand
It seems likely the UK will become the 23rd European country to catch the deflation disease, says David Blanchflower
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A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Donetsk
Last year was more expensive for air disasters than any year since 2001. Jamie Dunkley examines the cost to the underwriters of aviation risk
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The rise in the number of whistleblowers is impressive whichever way you look at it, says James Moore
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The institution is now controlled not by a co-operative but by hedge funds, where these sort of payments are par for the course, says James Moore
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The Treasury Select Committee will today take one of its last chances before Parliament’s dissolution to bowl another bouncer at the chest of the Financial Conduct Authority. James Moore on why we must watch over our watchmen
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Princess Anne talks to Anthony Constantinou at the London Boat Show
Anthony Constantinou’s infancy was shattered by tragedy, but he went on to build a multimillion-pound City of London  business. Yet now the shadow of the law hangs over the boss of Capital World Markets, reports Jim Armitage
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USC was put into administration by Sports Direct and was bought back immediately also by Sports Direct, with its £15.3m debts to staff, suppliers and landlords wiped clear
We’ve known for a while that Sports Direct sails close to the wind in terms of its business practices. After the performance of its chairman, James Moore says a more apt metaphor might be that it has been dancing with a hurricane
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Ben Chu has the answers
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MP Stella Creasy
Picking a team is fun, says Mark Leftly
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The law on annuities will be changed from April 2016
History has shown that if you propose even a modest reform to the UK’s pension market you’re guaranteed a migraine from the bellyaching, notes James Moore
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Ticket signs at Victoria Station on January 2, 2015 in London, England. Increased rail fares averaging 2.5% come into effect today, pushing the cost of some commuters annual rail fares to more than �5,000. Earlier this week, Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said that he would not be receiving his annual bonus because of the major rail disruption passengers faced over the Christmas period, which was caused by engineering works that overran.
Far from relieving the pressure on trains, the 16 per cent increase in seats might not even be enough to cope with the growth in passenger numbers, says James Moore
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The story of Georgiou’s alleged fraud snugly fits the victim narrative so beloved of the country’s government, says Jim Armitage
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The law on annuities will be changed from April 2016
Could pension providers’ loss be small businesses’ gain? David Prosser finds out
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George Osborne was accused of a ‘roller-coaster’ approach to public spending
No ifs or buts, says David Blanchflower: last week’s mean-spirited heartless roller-coaster Budget was designed to smash the state and make the poor poorer.
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What a shame that Next doesn’t do more to share that success with its employees, says James Moore
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