The new prime minister has laid out an ambitious agenda for his first months in office, promising a sweeping overhaul of the electoral and constitutional system to give Italy more stable governments in future

A study of past economic cycles suggests that we aren’t far away from the next downturn

Economic View: Those of us who thought that the amplitude of cycles was diminishing were proved spectacularly wrong

Hamish McRae: US Inc is pretty chipper, but there will be a correction to the stock market before too long

Economic View: Don’t you love the way in the  US people talk of earnings, whereas we here talk of profits?

Hamish McRae: It’s not a question of if, but when... interest rates have been kept artificially low for long enough

Economic View: Monetary policy has become easier without the Bank of England doing anything

If a long period of growth underpins equities, does it automatically follow that bonds will be undermined?

Economic View: Governments need a long period of very low rates to correct the still-overstretched balance sheets

Hamish McRae: Jobs are being created faster than at any time since records began – but wages, it seems, remain stubbornly low. What's going on?

Economic View: In the last boom we had false signals from inflation. Now we're getting false signals on pay

We should not be frightened of a return to volatility in the markets – provided it can be managed

Economic View: Good news comes in a gradual stream while bad news comes in chunks

Shoppers are flocking to spend their money, the pound is soaring – and the Government is counting its blessings

Economic View: If you want to know what's really happening with the economy look at what people do, not what they say

Hamish McRae: The economy is growing and shares have hit a 14-year high... but interest rates are to stay at 0.5% until late next year. Why?

Economic View: The danger for the Bank is that it comes to be seen as full of clever people with poor judgement

When housing bubbles burst, misery results. Prudential curbs on lending must be introduced now to cool an overheated market

Economic View: Monetary policy is now too loose, given that the economy seems to be growing at a rate of about 4 per cent

Hamish McRae: By some calculations, China is already the most important economy in the world

It is the world’s largest importer of raw materials and the biggest importer of oil

Hamish McRae: Here's hoping that Britain's economy has the capacity to keep boosting output for some time to come

Economic View: Not only is headline unemployment coming down but vacancy rates are rising

Trustee savings banks had promoted the idea of saving

Lord Myners quits the Co-op: It's not who owns a company that matters – but how it's run

We are unlikely to create a new Co-op or set of mutuals, but the spirit they embody should be saved

Hamish McRae: Money tightening takes centre stage as danger looms that the Bank of England may repeat previous mistakes

Economic View: Maybe electorates actually want moderate fiscal and monetary policies

Hamish McRae: Enthusiasm is sweeping through developed markets as companies rediscover their 'animal spirits'

Economic View: Maybe we should just be grateful that the corporate world is getting its mojo back

Hamish McRae: The Brics and the developed economies are all rebalancing. Over the next year the latter will probably come out on top

Economic View: The gap has narrowed between emerging markets and the US, UK, Japan and eurozone

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Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan, Oscar Williams-Grut
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Problems at RBS suggest that lack of focus persisted during Stephen Hester’s tenure
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As Warren Buffett is criticised for helping the fast food chain move to Canada, it’s clear the issue of good corporate governance in the US is not going away
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Ian McCafferty, left, and Martin Weale, second left, are the ‘irrelevant minority’ of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee
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Many of the students who graduated this summer are having great difficulty finding work and, as Amy Denman explains, it’s often down to not having the necessary work experience
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David Cameron is planning to revive the Communications Data Bill
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Janet Yellen, chair of the Federal Reserve Board
The Federal Reserve has become a rogue hedge fund, taking massive, wildly speculative positions
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The Ummah Welfare Trust called on its supporters to boycott HSBC
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Detroit’s once glorious and now decrepit Michigan Theater now operates as a car park
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