Richard Branson poses with a model for Virgin Galactic

The Virgin brand is still rock solid despite Galactic tragedy

No mainstream company would risk attaching itself to as risky a venture as space travel, yet Virgin is doing so

Mind the gap! The job is only half done, so there is fiscal pain ahead

Depressingly, our political leaders are not discussing the looming tax and deficit figures with any honesty
The scandals that have afflicted UBS have resulted in a closer scrutiny of the long-overlooked sector by regulators

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.

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With shoppers more savvy than ever, retailers are having to find new ways to get us to open our wallets. Some of their ideas are better than others, writes Simon Neville
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David Cameron has hit out at critics for raising fears that the health service is going to be
There is enough in the latest figures for policymakers to remain cautious
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Crude oil extraction in Montana in the US – the country’s output is now at its highest level since 1986
Prices of the black stuff have fallen by 30 per cent in five months as global supply outstrips demand. Ben Chu answers the key questions, including which nations are set to gain or lose out
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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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Jordan Belfont
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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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?