President of Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto
The Royal Mail was privatised last October

Vince Cable: Hindsight shows Royal Mail sale has achieved its objectives

The emphasis throughout has been on ensuring Royal Mail has long-term future, writes Business Secretary Vince Cable

It was announced today that some 330,000 borrowers will have their Wonga debts written off at a cost of £220m

Wonga: Politicians and regulators are ignoring the causes of this social cancer

How long do we have to wait before a body with a little more clout takes up the cudgels?

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.

Saudi Arabia’s oil production looks set to be overtaken by the United States within a couple of years. It may have already happened

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

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Google’s distinctive logo has become commonplace all over Europe
European politicians may vote this week to force the world’s biggest search engine to be broken up. But Andrew Dewson asks if the biggest risk to the company is bad publicity
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The business guru is in London to show us how to become super-rich. Trouble is, says Oscar Rickett , it's all just boring platitudes
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Brace yourself for consumer frenzy, but is worth the hype?
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Bill Gross has the opportunity to demonstrate he still retains some old magic after being handed $500m to manage by George Soros
The investment management industry is in its death throes. At least according to new research published by State Street, erm, a Wall Street investment management group. Honesty on Wall Street? What madness is this?
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Transport and storage is among the industrial sectors where pay has been falling
Wages are down 8.8% since 2010. In only three sectors out of 19 was pay growth above 2%
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This year, more than ever, Britain will be swamped with discounts promising average discounts of 40%
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Questions over the tax regime when Jean-Claude Juncker was prime minister of Luxembourg will not go away
He may survive a right-wing coup, but the new boss of the EC still faces a struggle to shake off a tax scandal
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The Independent's Jamie Dunkley explains how the EU cap on bankers' bonuses works - and what it means for the City
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The EU move will only serve to jack up salaries and allowances — it will not reduce their overall pay, writes Chris Blackhurst
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Peter Diamandis wants to mine asteroids for construction metals, rocket fuel and strategic metals such as platinum
The entrepreneur, author and space enthusiast says the human race has its future on another planet, but for now ‘the only constant is change – and the rate of change is increasing’
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What took Ofcom so long? It’s been obvious for a while now that something is wrong with the way TV Premier League football rights are sold, says Chris Blackhurst
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Alexandra Tolstoy is now living with Sergei Pugachev, once known as Putin's banker, in London
The Russian oligarch Sergei Pugachev and his English lover Alexandra Tolstoy hit hard financial times when his bank collapsed. Since the High Court froze his assets this year, they have had to live on ‘just’ £10,000 a week, Jim Armitage reports
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