Spread betting is a success story for these most volatile of times

Outlook These are the salad days for the spread betting industry, one of those rare sub-sectors of business in which Britain is a world leader. It thrives on volatility because it is volatility that excites the punters and there’s plenty of that about right now.

The uncomfortable permanence of these temporary measures

Das Capital: In may be that low interest rates and QE cannot be reversed easily, if at all

Official figures undermine Government's promises

Outlook It seems to have become standard practice to question the Office for National Statistics’ data whenever it springs a surprise on the economy.

Every little helps in the case of Tesco's shareholders

Outlook After mis-stating its profits by more than a quarter of a billion pounds, Tesco will have been well aware that a lawsuit could appear at the check out. Lawyers swim towards situations like this faster than sharks scenting blood in the water.

We might still get to see the clash of the Irish airline titans

Outlook Much of the analysis of the attempt by International Airlines Group (IAG) to add Aer Lingus to a stable that includes BA and Iberian has focused on the business side.

PPI cases are a stark reminder of how badly consumers were let down by their banks

Outlook If you thought we might soon see the end of the payment protection insurance (PPI) mis-selling scandal, think again. Let me explain: in the early years of the Noughties the Financial Services Authority (FSA) decided there was no reason for consumers to be told how much commission was being paid when they were sold general insurance products such as home and motor policies. Needless to say, the insurance industry had lobbied hard on the point.

Ryanair soars, but how long until Michael O'Leary erupts?

Outlook Ryanair’s move to – in the words of chief executive Michael O’Leary – “stop pissing people off” is reaping rich rewards.

Banks may complain but they have it pretty good

Outlook The banks have been banging on about the inequities of the banking levy ever since George Osborne quite reasonably decided they ought to pay something for the privilege of being underwritten by the taxpayer.

If you want to clean up the City fine individuals rather than institutions

Outlook In fining an individual £75m, the Financial Conduct Authority has not just thrown the book at him. It’s hurled the bookcase, the coffee table and the comfy reading chair too.

Once prices start falling it is difficult to stop them

David Blanchflower: We're now in deflation and sorry, but it's not good news

Lots of economists are telling everyone that we shouldn’t worry about this negative inflation

Publicans: stop moaning and start flipping burgers

Outlook There was a little extra froth on the top of Young’s results, thanks to the pub chain’s move into the burger business. 

Andrew Bailey makes an unlikely witch-finder general

Outlook The Bank of England’s deputy governor Andrew Bailey has once again found himself cast in the role of the man who is destroying banking in Britain. The industry’s witch-finder general is now such a figure of fear, his regime of guilty until proven innocent so harsh, that even the promise of multimillion-pound salary, share and bonus packages aren’t enough to persuade people to take top jobs.

Cosmetic surgery on incentives won’t mean that Tesco does the right thing

Outlook It seems Tesco has taken to following the banking play book. Following a parade of ugly scandals that make Tesco’s mis-stated results look like a minor rounding error, the banks and their regulators came to the conclusion that if you give people an incentive to do the wrong things then they will do the wrong things.

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Ben Chu reflects on moves for a Northern Powerhouse
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The trustees of the Lehman Brothers estate say that Jonathan Hoffman is trying to get paid twice

Ben Chu reports on the case that has lifted the lid on investment bankers' astronomical rewards

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‘Pragmatic’ reforms may not be enough for the tax campaigners who protested outside Barclays’ AGM
Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
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Tesco has been audited by PwC since 1983
James Moore: Change the incentives and you change the behaviour – that’s the theory
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Athens is attempting to negotiate a better deal with its creditor nations in the European Union
Hamish McRae thinks that there will be a deal that enables the government to continue functioning in response for concessions that it can argue are just about within its red lines
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Research showed that one individual lost more than £13,000 in a gambling session lasting more than seven hours
Having meandered rather aimlessly for a couple of years, the awkwardly named Bwin.party suddenly finds itself cast in the role of Portia in The Merchant of Venice, beset by suitors on all sides, says James Moore
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The chief executive of advertising giant WPP writes exclusively for The Independent
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BrewDog, now Scotland’s largest independent brewer, has a great tale. David Prosser tells it
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Chancellor George Osborne says he has a mandate for more austerity
So we are supposed to believe wage growth, productivity and GDP growth will not be impacted by the austerity that is to come, even though they were last time? David Blanchflower doesn't think so
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The Bank of England Governor wants to ‘dampen down’ the idea that migrant workers, such as these fruit-pickers in Surrey, are an economic problem
Claims have abounded this week that new migrants are to blame for weak pay growth in Britain in recent years - but the evidence suggests otherwise, says Ben Chu
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Verizon made the purchase in order to compete with the likes of Google and Facebook
The pop star Prince is enjoying something of a career revival in the United States. And, fittingly, Silicon Valley is also partying like it’s 1999. Andrew Dewson reports
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Bob Diamond raised $325m for his African venture in 2013
Zeus seems to have chucked a stray thunderbolt at the financial titan that is former Barclays boss Bob Diamond. Will he and his Atlas Mara now have to hold up the heavens as punishment, asks James Moore
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