Mark Leftly: Work capability testing is a tough job – so call in the Greatest to do it

Westminster Outlook Over 10 years, the 20 project team names used on The Apprentice have included “Phoenix”, the reborn bird of Greek mythology whose golden-red feathers shone so brightly as to emit pure sunlight, and “Apollo”, the son of Zeus and the God of truth.

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: 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.

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: 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.

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Construction is among the sectors where growth has slowed since the spring
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Premier Foods changed its policy on 'pay to stay' contracts for its suppliers after they were exposed
If you’re a large company with hundreds of suppliers, each individual firm is entirely expendable, writes David Prosser
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow
While low oil prices are toxic for the energy export-dominated Russian economy, they are a boon for Western consumers, says Ben Chu
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Bankers who reach the dizzy heights of partnership status at Goldman Sachs achieve legendary status in the bank’s London office
Exclusive: Being a partner at the bank has an almost mythological status, and an internal memo seen by Jim Armitage shows the qualities needed to make it - like charging a pension fund $70m
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Rocket Internet’s founder Oliver Samwer, centre, with the incubator’s chief executive and finance director when it listed in October
The German-based start-up factory has churned out more than 100 businesses in recent years. And now it’s looking to replicate its success here, says Oscar Williams-Grut
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The rouble staged a brief recovery yesterday before resuming its slide
A massive central bank interest rate hike failed to support the rouble. This crisis is slipping out of Moscow’s control, says Ben Chu
Voices
Ringing the changes: BT has come a long way since the days of the General Post Office
BT's basic business of running wires into homes and businesses is hugely profitable, writes Hamish McRae
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Satyajit Das: Donors are free to channel funds to their chosen causes, some noble, some hubristic and some just plain odd
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The Uber app allows passengers to hail a taxi with a smartphone
Uber facing down the cabbies by recruiting lobbyists to push for law changes, says Oscar Williams-Grut
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VIDEO City analysts sound the alarm over the upcoming Premier League rights auction as shares in TV giant slide
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Self-employment is particularly important in construction
Self-employment conveys considerable risks: many lose their jobs, their houses, and even their marriages, writes David Blanchflower
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