Satyajit Das: Of all its weapons, willingness to change is America’s strength

Das Capital: Many of America’s economic competitors find it difficult to embrace change

James Moore: Danger lurks in outsourcing too much to a small clique of firms

Outlook: Handing over extra cash to companies that mis-price contracts willy-nilly is a dangerous game to get into

Places like Clacton have been left behind by economic growth

Would Ukip’s policies on immigration, tax and education work?

Areas where Ukip is doing well are often places that suffered most during the recession

Shareholders are the only ones who can heal capitalism now

They must find a collective voice to rein in galloping executive pay, which is skewing the entire system

High-frequency traders get the gravy, investors eat their dust

Wall Streeters on the right side of the ethical tracks are miffed about a paltry fine – with good reason

Mark Leftly: New runways will fly – in the face of Lib Dems

Westminster Outlook Earlier this month, Lib Dem activists voted down their leadership’s attempt to make supporting airport expansion party policy.

Mark Leftly: What if everyone said exactly what they meant?

Westminster Outlook One of the more amusing moments at Business Select Committee hearings over the past year was when the plain-speaking Tory Brian Binley railed against financial jargon.

Mark Leftly: It’s easy to set targets for homes, much harder to set them in stone

Westminster Outlook He may not be a mad-eyed, drug-fuelled, alcohol-soaked loudmouth with an axe to grind and an axe in his hand, but Tim Farron is the closest thing to a rock star that the Liberal Democrats have got. A 44-year-old fell running enthusiast, who has made his name with a folksy turn of language, he couldn’t walk a couple of yards at this month’s Lib Dem conference in Glasgow without being mobbed for selfies, autographs or a chat.

James Moore: The Norwegian’s not out of the woods with his pay – yet

Outlook What gets Helge Lund out of bed in the morning is not the performance of Statoil’s share price, he told the FT in a recent interview, it’s what he can do for the wider society. Now he’s set to benefit society not as the boss of Statoil but as the boss of BG, for a barely credible pay package that could hit £29m.

James Moore: They call it tax inversion, we call it outrageous

Outlook No wonder people feel cynical about the pharmaceutical industry. As Ebola rages through West Africa, and with myriad other pressing medical problems to solve, the top priority of the industry’s leaders appears to be finding new ways to outwit the taxman.

James Moore: Sorry, guys - poorly paid, part-time jobs are nothing to boast about

Outlook A good day for the Coalition’s economic team? Unemployment is officially below  2 million and the jobless rate of 6 per cent is at its lowest since the collapse of Lehman Brothers back in 2008.

Nicola Horlick is set to launch a peer-to-peer finance firm

Nicola Horlick: Heard of crowdfunding? Entrepreneurs certainly have

Seventy-five entrepreneurs met in Sheffield this week at an event organized by law firm Irwin Mitchell. They were asked a number of questions about crowdfunding. Their responses were fascinating.

JPMorgan, HSBC and the trillion-dollar game

Outlook So, whose fat finger at JPMorgan pressed the button on the world’s biggest bank’s profits too early yesterday morning?

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Places like Clacton have been left behind by economic growth
Stopping immigration won’t create jobs. Unaffordable tax cuts targeted at the better-off won’t help the poor. The real answers are a lot harder than that, writes Jonathan Portes
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Jimmy Choo, whose shoes are designed by Sandra Choi (left), only raised £545m from its London listing
As Virgin Money shelves plans to list on the stock market and designer Jimmy Choo endures a cut-price debut, James Moore considers the outlook for firms wanting to raise funds
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‘People take personally what Marks does,’ says Belinda Earl
Maggie Pagano recently said Marks & Spencer's clothes for middle-aged women were frumpy and boring. Last week, she met its style director
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We should either stay out altogether, or put boots on the ground,’ says Simon Murray as he oversees operations in northern Iraq. ‘Haven’t we got the balls to do that?’
Simon Murray is famed for his views on women executives. Now he’s firmly in a man’s world: finding oil in a warzone
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Tycoons' text: Warren Buffett and Bill Gates both cite John Brookes' 'Business Adventures' as their favourite book
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Time to postpone the balanced budget: there’s no alternative to a boost in German domestic public spending and investment, writes Rupert Cornwell
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The BBC’s studios at Media City in Salford, whose mayor typifies the kind of civic leader the regions need
After a decade of wage decline and falling tax receipts, it’s no surprise the deficit is proving hard to clear. Here’s a solution, says Nigel Wilson
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Eurostar’s sale is expected to attract £300m with French state-controlled firm Keolis tipped to bid
A stake in Eurostar is up for grabs and will herald a privatisation jamboree to tackle the nation’s debts and fix the economy. But not everyone is keen, writes Jim Armitage
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American dominance of key industries makes it an indispensable monopolists, says Satyajit Das
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Minecraft has won praise for its minimal violence and for stimulating spatial awareness
Minecraft is the most successful game since Angry Birds, but will it retain its minimal merchandising strategy once it’s in the hands of Microsoft? Gideon Spanier reports
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A recent manufacturing surge is running out of steam with industrial production now down 9.6 per cent from the pre-downturn peak in 2008
The growth surge enjoyed by UK manufacturing over the past year is running out of steam, writes David Blanchflower
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Banks fear imminent Russian cyber-attack
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Campaigners say it is no coincidence the EU is looking at consumer-facing companies such as Amazon
The EU’s Joaquin Alumia wants to know if Luxembourg gave the online retail giant a ‘sweetheart’ deal. If it did, that could change everything, Simon Neville reports
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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

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Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

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How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
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New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

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Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album