The employer needs to weigh up the financial and reputational cost of sticking by its prize asset versus the financial and reputational cost of losing it.

How do businesses deal with their rainmaker who pushes the boundaries?

Organisations will often, instinctively, do everything in their power to hang on to their superstars

Economists say the Coalition began its fiscal consolidation too early in the recovery, with austerity cutting 2 per cent from GDP growth

Labour is being far too reticent: it didn’t cause the global financial crisis and Coalition austerity policies have stalled the recovery

‘The cut of public investment by 40% was the opposite of sensible macroeconomics’

HSBC is in the spotlight for a 2013 case during which prosecutors said that it acted as the “preferred financial institution” for money laundering on behalf of presumably lucrative but highly dubious customers, including Mexican drug cartels

US Outlook: Transatlantic regulatory battles are not about Us versus Them

American regulators are not picking out HSBC for special disfavour

James Moore: 'Nuclear blackmail' game is proving a waste of energy

Outlook It seems we’re still wasting energy on game playing when it comes to the planned new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset.

James Moore: Playtech directors need to broaden their horizons

Outlook Playtech has been shopping for another of its founder’s businesses, handing over up to £333m for a majority stake in TradeFX, a financial betting platform.

James Moore: M&S is back in fashion, but how long will its resurgence last?

Outlook Something strange has happened at M&S. The beleaguered retailer finds itself in an unusual position: thanks to its fourth quarter trading statement it is in fashion both on the high street and in the City.

James Moore: Challenger banks are creating a buzz

Outlook First there was Aldermore, now Shawbrook has joined the London Stock Exchange, and successfully at that. The challenger bank’s shares listed at 290p, near the top of the price range and ended up 5 per cent. Investors, it seems, love their new banking shares. Which means that there will be plenty more of them to come after a brief lull created by the general election, with Yorkshire & Clydesdale, Metrobank and Santander’s UK operations are all waiting in the wings.

James Moore: All bets are off on the future of Turf TV

Outlook It looks, on the face of it, as if the racing industry is sniffing out a big winner that could be worth up to £80m. Racecourse Media Group has invited bookies to suggest how it might sell them its picture rights.

European Union flags fly outside the European Commission building in Brussels, Belgium.
Sao Paulo's 25 de Marco street is one of the most popular shopping districts in Brazil's most populous city.
Having built up a substantial shareholding, Elliott Advisors wants to secure the election of a slate of new directors at Alliance
Large movements in oil prices have the potential to create significant financial instability, especially in debt markets

Satyajit Das: The slump in oil prices is fuelling financial instability globally

Das Capital: Revenues have reduced sharply, making it difficult to service debt

‘Too much delay’: Louise Ellman, chair of the Commons Transport Committee

Whoever wins the election, the maths remains the same

The next chancellor's decisions will be constrained by the cyclical nature of the world's economy

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‘Missing our deals will haunt you’ – Phones 4U’s TV ad came back to haunt it
It seemed bad enough that a popular retailer could be allowed to collapse simply because its suppliers suddenly decided to pull the plug. Now Simon Neville reveals who got their money back – and who didn't
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Tesco’s new boss Dave Lewis has decided to buy out Euphorium completely. Jim Armitage reports
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Bernanke’s move does show the more subtle side of the Washington-Wall Street nexus, says Jim Armitage
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For Britain’s multinationals, a global economic recovery looks to be under way, says Jim Armitage
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There is no reason to expect secular stagnation – even if it is hard to see quite where growth will come from, says Hamish McRae
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Margrethe Vestager wants small businesses to have a fair representation on search engines
Margrethe Vestager, the EU's new competition watchdog and one of the most prominent and well-liked figures in Danish politics, has taken on the technology giant over its alleged abuse of the market. Oscar Williams-Grut reports
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A Lehman Brothers employee leaves the bank’s European headquarters
Ben Chu asks: has the industry really absorbed the fund segregation lesson? And are regulators succeeding in enforcing the rules?
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David Cameron unveils the Conservative party manifesto in Swindon (PA)
The OBR was told by the last government not to audit the election manifestos. Jamie Murray on why that should change.
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Margaret Thatcher with the new owners of a property in Essex which was sold for just over £8,000 in 1980
The Tories want to revive and extend Margaret Thatcher’s flagship housing policy. Ben Chu looks at what the possible consequences could be
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Tony and Cherie Blair on the day he was elected
Mark Leftly with Parliamentary Business
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British Gas announced yesterday that it will cut bills – but only by 5 per cent, and not until the end of next month, when the coldest weather is likely to be over
But shareholders in Centrica will take heart. Even as customers may brace for  the worst, says Jim Armitage
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Paper trail: Deidre has a crack team of letter-writing lieuten-aunts, armed with cups of tea and a bank of good sense
Just when you thought banker bashing might finally come to an end, another hideous toad crawls out from under a rock to stir the public’s justified indignation yet again. Jim Armitage takes a peek
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Shopping on Oxford Street: the new year begins with a rise in VAT, which will impact on high-street spending
There’s something perverse about the Competition and Markets Authority’s decision to block Poundland’s attempted takeover of 99p Stores, says Simon Neville
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Ferdinand Piech, the chairman, at the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg, Germany
Ferdinand Piëch, the powerful chair of VW, has fallen out with his chief executive and protégé Martin Winterkorn. Tony Patterson lifts the bonnet and examines what’s going on at the German automobile giant
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The Conservative party is ahead of Labour in the polls for the first time since 2011, with the NHS likely to matter more to people than the economy when they decide how to vote in the general election (EPA)
Be sceptical when you hear tales of impending financial panic during election campaigns, warns Ben Chu
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China’s size and complexity frequently obscures its reality, says Satyajit Das
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Max-Hervé,  a Frenchman who lives in Switzerland, does not immediately strike you as a financial terrorist or a man who might be a billionaire by the end of the decade.
The Frenchman could end up destroying, or owning, the company which runs the pension funds for hundreds of thousands of people. John Lichfield speaks to him
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Labour says higher corporation tax would be used to finance a cut in business rates. David Prosser reports
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The trade deficit has worsened amid difficulties in export markets
The UK’s trade deficit worsened by much more than had been expected, says David Blanchflower
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Number 16: ExxonMobil President and CEO Rex Tillerson, his company is the world's biggest oil and gas producer
Even taking Exxon’s recent chest beating about its appetite for deals Jim Armitage thinks it's unlikely
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A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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