Hamish McRae: Despite the danger of deflation, cheaper energy is a bonus to the world

Economic View: As so often in economics, a plus may, in the short term at least, seem a minus 

James Moore: When the crowd starts funding it’s time to look for an exit

Outlook There’s a saying on Wall Street: when strippers and cab drivers give you stock tips it really is time to bale out. It hails from the 1990s when the Street of Dreams was at its most vulgar.

James Moore: Homeowners will benefit from fixed-rate price war

Outlook Some welcome news for monetary policymakers: it seems a price war is breaking out among lenders. Moneyfacts is reporting that the cost of fixed-rate mortgages is coming down sharply.

James Moore: Standard Life’s star is purring like a Bugatti

Outlook Standard Life might look like the corporate equivalent of a Ford Focus; solid, dependable, a bit boring. But under the hood lurks the engine of a Bugatti. Otherwise known as Standard Life Investments (SLI).

James Moore: As winter warmers sit on shelves, Next may suffer

Outlook Is the unseasonably warm weather set to put a chill on Next’s forthcoming trading statement? It will be a big a achievement if that isn’t the case this morning.

Taking swing at bankers’ pay is long overdue

Outlook It seems that every time banks issue trading statements, the cost of the payment protection insurance mis-selling scandal rises. Lloyds has ensured that unhappy trend continues by adding another £900m to its provisions. That brings the industry-wide total to £22bn and still there is no end in sight. It is a mess, but one not of the making of the current generation of banking leaders.

Last branch standing? Lloyds is latest bank to let customers down

Outlook There are two very conflicting views about Lloyds Banking Group’s plans to close 200 branches or so and axe 9,000 jobs.

Chris Blackhurst: Pride comes before a fall, as Standard Chartered and its boss, Peter Sands, find out

Midweek View: When times were buoyant, his character was not an issue. Now they’re hard, his enemies are hovering

US midterm elections: Political gridlock will continue, but the economy recovers nonetheless

Federal reserve action and the fracking revolution have helped President Obama lead a faster economic recovery than the rest of the west

Time running out for Peter Sands at Standard Chartered

When Standard Chartered's popular finance director Richard Meddings left early this year Peter Sands, the chief executive, made a fulsome, gracious, speech.

Why BlackBerry should hire Kim Kardashian

Forget Alicia Keys, Kim K is the perfect choice for BlackBerry

Glencore and the MPs’ call for an index of evil

Outlook: How we squirmed as he tried to deal with the MPs’ grilling, only to be repeatedly interrupted in a constant whisper by the Glencore lawyer

Brazil's President and Workers' Party (PT) presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff (L) and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva celebrate during news conference after disclosure of the election results, in Brasilia. Rousseff narrowly won re-election after convincing voters that her party's strong record of reducing poverty over the last 12 years was more important than a recent economic slump

With Brazil's economy at a crossroads, Dilma Rousseff faces difficult second term

Dilma Rousseff's narrow victory in yesterday's Brazilian general election has split the country between rich and poor, highlighting the nation's huge economic divide.

Wages have fallen by an average of 10 per cent in the professional, scientific and technical sector

David Blanchflower: The Bank of England should get ready for more downside surprises

The national statistic Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) has shown absolutely no evidence at all of any wage growth for a couple of years

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Unseasonably warm weather has seen high street retailers struggling to shift winter clothes
The retailer’s warning about unseasonable weather was dismissed as overly cautious – but the City has warmed to the retailer while M&S keeps it in the dark, Simon Neville reports
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The online giant is here and ready to invest, Oscar Williams-Grut reports
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While well below potential, the growth rate is above that of most developed countries, writes Satyajit Das
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Video: 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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Brazil's President and Workers' Party (PT) presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff (L) and former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva celebrate during news conference after disclosure of the election results, in Brasilia. Rousseff narrowly won re-election after convincing voters that her party's strong record of reducing poverty over the last 12 years was more important than a recent economic slump
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Colin Hegarty, winner of a teaching award for an online resource to teach maths
Colin Hegarty made the break five years ago and became a maths teacher, Richard Garner reports
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Wages have fallen by an average of 10 per cent in the professional, scientific and technical sector
The national statistic Average Weekly Earnings (AWE) has shown absolutely no evidence at all of any wage growth for a couple of years, David Blanchflower
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The former US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner arrives at Court to testify at the AIG trial
AIG could have brought down the financial system in 2008. Its ex boss is now suiing the US for rescuing it – in a case backed by Occupy and the Tea Party, James Moore reports
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While the rest of us enjoy a lazy Sunday, bankers across Europe, and bank investors, will be having a nerve-jangling day, writes business editor Chris Blackhurst
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Chancellor George Osborne (C) wears a high visibility jacket as he makes a visit to the Prysmian Group factory and speaks to factory manager Steve Price
We’re still waiting for the ‘march of the makers’ promised by George Osborne, writes Ben Chu
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Carrefour is now just 5 per cent more expensive on brands than Lidl in France
Eyes will be on the firm this Thursday as it unveils half-yearly results. It should look to France, where grocers can show UK retailers how to beat the discounters, says Alex Lawson
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As Philip Morris sues Uruguay over its health warnings, the tiny country has found itself a test case for big business lawsuits that could hit the EU, writes Jim Armitage
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Many of America’s economic competitors find it difficult to embrace change, writes Satyajit Das
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Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week. Simon Usborne measures up some giants of the sea
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The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
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The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
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The killer instinct

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Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain