Jim Armitage: Chasing pesky creditors, the Wonga way

Outlook Wonga has been keen to stress that all those involved in its phoney legal letters scam have now all gone. But that begged the question: where to?

Jim Armitage: Where’s the beef with the ratings agencies?

Outlook People find the bond markets boring. They shouldn’t. Because it was bonds, and the derivative products based upon them, that blew up the financial world in 2008. And it will be bonds, and their accompanying derivatives, that do it again next time.

Jim Armitage: Don’t get mad, Sainsbury’s, get even. It’s the only way to beat discounters

Outlook Sainsbury’s new chief executive, Mike Coupe, seemed so friendly and unflappable on the radio this morning. Straight out of Justin King’s smoothie playbook.

Hamish McRae: The US oil boom is helping to power global growth but we don’t know how sustainable it will be

Economic View: Falling energy prices boost growth in consuming countries. We can feel that here in the UK

Pro-democracy protesters fill the streets in front of the Hong Kong government offices on a third day of the Occupy Central campaign

Mohamed El-Erian: Chinese government may succeed in quashing Hong Kong's protest movement- but that's only going to hurt the economy

China is likely to prevail over the Occupy Central movement. But in doing so, it will undermine the longer-term economic vibrancy of both

Jim Armitage: Don’t fall for the spin from the humbled Wonga

Outlook Don’t mourn too much about Wonga’s financial woes. Figures for 2013 showed its profits halved to £39.7m due to the bill from the phoney lawyers’ letters scandal and compensating customers whose balances it had got wrong. But look closer and the long-term picture is brighter than the spin suggests.

Jim Armitage: And will the taxman be laughing over Vitol?

Outlook George Osborne alighted on technology businesses for his Tory conference speech. This is understandable, because it is so easy for such businesses – much of whose revenue comes from selling virtual goods on the internet – to claim their marketing teams offshore make all the decisions.

Jim Armitage: The joke’s on us as George Osborne says he will curb multinational tax dodgers

Outlook I was trying to find out who writes George Osborne’s jokes yesterday. Tory comics are few and far between, after all, yet the gag that got him front page billing in yesterday’s Financial Times was so clever, so rich in irony, that it must have been done by a pro.

Getting fired is the only punishment that will make the City’s bad boys and girls sit up and take notice

Banks getting round the table with the watchdog to negotiate their fines shows what’s wrong with the system

Ben Chu: Hong Kong protesters dispel Western myths of Chinese materialism

The people have nurtured the fragile plant of freedom

The baffling world of economic stats, where drug dealing counts towards GDP but working in a charity shop doesn’t

The economy was larger than previously thought. The recession not as bad as estimated

Mr Osborne, who is on a two-day trip to India with Foreign Secretary William Hague, said the two countries would see greater investment in each other’s economies and more job creation.

UK GDP: Did the UK economy do well after all?

The big revisions are in.

Mario Draghi

David Brierly: Italy’s banks could be about to surprise the eurozone

Financial View: The Italian banking system has been under severe pressure for years, losing money in 2011, 2012 and 2013, according to ECB figures

Ben Chu: The signs are that Balfour Beatty has not yet reached the bottom

Outlook: One of the areas that KPMG has been asked to scrutinise is Balfour’s 'contract value forecasting'

An employment office in San Francisco during the 1930s: it took a war to end the Great Depression

Let the Bank of England take note: the risks of raising interest rates too soon are greater than inflation overshooting

Past experience with the zero lower bound counsels patience says Charles Evans of the Fed

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Pro-democracy protesters fill the streets in front of the Hong Kong government offices on a third day of the Occupy Central campaign
China is likely to prevail over the Occupy Central movement. But in doing so, it will undermine the longer-term economic vibrancy of both, writes Mohamed El-Erian
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Tesco and Sainsburys both receive some bad news
Video: The Independent's Alex Lawson provides a run-down of the day's major news from the City
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Banks getting round the table with the watchdog to negotiate their fines shows what’s wrong with the system, writes Chris Blackhurst
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Mr Osborne, who is on a two-day trip to India with Foreign Secretary William Hague, said the two countries would see greater investment in each other’s economies and more job creation.
The Independent's economics editor Ben Chu takes a closer look at the revised GDP figures
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Carmen Segarra had said she was surprised by a remark at Goldman. A fellow regulator told her, ‘You didn’t hear that’
The leaking of confidential conversations with the Fed reveals an alarming truth: 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
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Mario Draghi
The Italian banking system has been under severe pressure for years, losing money in 2011, 2012 and 2013, according to ECB figures, says David Brierly
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Tesco has a reputation as a cut-throat employer where staff are pushed hard to achieve targets
On Sunday, we went to bed thinking that while Tesco had its problems, it was still a giant of a company and would soon correct itself. On Monday morning, we realised we were mistaken, writes Chris Blackhurst
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An employment office in San Francisco during the 1930s: it took a war to end the Great Depression
the risks of raising interest rates too soon are greater than inflation overshooting, writes David Blanchflower
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UK managing director of Egon Zehnder
Initiative aims to end male dominance in the boardrooms of top firms, Serina Sandhu
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Labour market experts Stephen Machin and David Blanchflower argue Threadneedle Street will have to revise forecasts
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The intense pressure to conform, to not make waves, has got to be the most depressing part of all, for a genuinely ambitious young person, writes Michael Lewis
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Russell Crowe played a former tobacco company employee who blows the whistle on the industry’s underhand tactics in the film ‘The Insider’
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
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Midweek View: None of it mattered until sales dropped. Then, Tesco lashed out, blaming everybody but itself for its fading performance
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Tesco will try and bill suppliers for wastage if goods are unsold, an anonymous source says
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
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Mayer's turnaround strategy for Yahoo's core business takes centre stage- and investors are worried
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Former Tesco chief executive Phil Clarke, who began stacking shelves, left the company in July
With so many unanswered questions, shareholders must be hoping the former boss’s love of Tesco will help them understand what went wrong, writes Simon Neville
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This isn’t the fault of Aldi or Lidl, or austerity Britain, or recession in Europe. This is to do with Tesco’s own housekeeping, writes Chris Blackhurst
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