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

Remember the 'fiscal cliff'? Well, it seems the US has scaled it

If you're large, flexible and inventive, you can get away with some massive economic mistakes

Jim Armitage: Strange tale of the investors who didn’t strike gold

Global Outlook Where would our British law firms and barristers be without the endlessly deep pockets of Russian and central Asian businessmen, and those who serve them? Next month sees an Oxford-educated American hedge fund tycoon get his day in court against the family firm of the gazillionaire Assaubayev family from Kazakhstan.

Jim Armitage: Iran has come a long way in its relations with the West, but trade is still a bridge too far. Yet perhaps business links are just what it needs

Global Outlook A few months back this column explored some of the risks facing Western companies seeking to get back into corruption-prone Iran.

Mark Leftly: If UK universities want collaborations with business, they should ask for less

Westminster Outlook As the sheep graze quietly on the north bank of the River Elbe, the bars of the baroque old town on the other side of the river will be buzzing this weekend with professors enjoying a few steins of the local Waldschlösschen brew.

Mark Leftly: It gets knocked down but G4S keeps getting up again

Westminster Outlook I should have known that I’d get little change out of a Labour shadow minister who, leaning against the bar after a long day at the party’s annual conference this week, ordered a Diet Coke rather than a sharpener.

Mark Leftly: A case of gridlock coming up for Freedom of Information

Westminster Outlook The justice minister Simon Hughes wants to extend Freedom of Information laws to include companies that are in effect monopolies and provide public services. National Grid, which owns and runs the electricity-transmission network in England and Wales, is the obvious example.

Wall Street's occupational hazards have become its biggest enemy in talent war

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

Tesco crisis: A watchdog with no teeth is no use at all

Outlook As the Tesco scandal sees gruesome details emerge of the oft-antagonistic relationship between big grocers and their suppliers, perhaps now is the time to reassess the last round of legislation on the industry.

Will Tesco’s ‘misreporting’ finally persuade someone – anyone – to act?

Outlook Soon it will be cold enough for Tesco to start stocking winter hats again. I’ll buy one and eat it if the company, or its executives, get successfully  prosecuted by the Serious Fraud Office, or any other unit of Her Majesty’s Constabulary saying they are “closely watching” this week’s scandal.

Tesco is not the first retail giant to lose its crown, but the grocer is still in denial

Midweek View: None of it mattered until sales dropped. Then, Tesco lashed out, blaming everybody but itself for its fading performance

James Moore: Maybe having some mothers on board would help retailer?

Outlook “Mothercare” and “turnaround plan” go together like “baby” and “nappy”. The chain’s latest effort is going to cost shareholders £100m via a deeply discounted rights issue with the funds slated for debt reduction and a store closure programme.

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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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Dreamworks in talks with SoftBank over potential takeover
The Independent's deputy business editor Jim Armitage provides a run-down of the day's major news from the City
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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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As four executives are suspended, The Independent looks at four key issues as the latest Tesco disaster unfolds.
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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, writes Ben Chu
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The unemployment rate has fallen but there is still slack in the labour market
Nobody, and I mean nobody, would have expected wages in the UK to be more flexible than in the US, says David Blanchflower
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Fine wine, cigars, paintings ... the Luxembourg Freeport has it all under lock and key – and away from prying eyes. But a band of artists see a new style of tax haven, says James Moore
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