Hamish McRae: March of the middle class powers global wealth rise

Economic View: The shift towards self-made wealth will increase as the balance of wealthy people moves from West to East

Hamish McRae: Tackling deficits could cripple growth

It is the international meetings season this week, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meetings in Tokyo running from Tuesday to Saturday. This year the tone will be sombre, not just because of the continuing anguish in Europe, but more generally because of a sense that conventional economic policy does not work very well any more.

Hamish McRae: In Europe and the UK, it's a game of 'wait and see'

Economic View: As far as jobs are concerned, this is less serious than the 1980s or 1990s, and now is less serious than the 1970s

Hamish McRae: Ideas for alleviating grim fiscal realities

Economic View

Hamish McRae: Rising debt risks UK's safe haven status

So how long can the UK remain a safe haven, with continuing concerns about growth, or rather lack of it, and deteriorating public finances?

Hamish McRae: Either way, we begin the autumn with half a glass

Economic View: All in all, the job figures are consistent with a slowly-growing economy rather than one in recession

Hamish McRae: Policy-makers' kick towards growth goal

They are stepping on the gas. Over the next few weeks the world's economic policy-makers will take action to try to speed up global growth. This will not be a coordinated, organised action but a series of rather different measures with the same broad intention: to prevent what is at best a most uneven recovery from sliding into something much worse.

Hamish McRae: Growth – if Germans take it seriously, so should we

Economic View: Germany is being forced to take on more and more contingent liabilities for the weaker eurozone countries

Hamish McRae: We can only wait for the policy-makers

Economic View

Hamish McRae: Ryan is trying to cut US deficit but is it make-believe?

A lot happens in four years and the turning point in global long-term yields is beginning to look overdue

Hamish McRae: Mists surround any autumn forecasts

The last weekend of the summer holidays is usually the signal for normal business to resume. August has not proved so wicked after all, unless you are in Greece, and the financial markets at least have managed to scramble through in decent enough shape.

Hamish McRae: Invisible apartheid points to cracks in euro working

Economic View: The eurozone is badly built and now Greek money is not the same as German

Hamish McRae: A self-employed revolution is in the air

The latest labour market figures caused a bit of a stir because the continuing robust rise in employment contrasted with the published GDP figures. If the economy really is in recession, how come it has added more than 300,000 jobs in the past six months?

Hamish McRae: Equity strength could mean the end of bear market

Outlook One of the continuing puzzles of the summer has been the continued solid performance of equity markets in the face of relentless, bad economic news. Of course that is not universal – the Greek market has bombed – and of course the main share indices remain below their 2000 peaks. But the relative strength in the face of dire news at least raises the question as to whether the 12-year bear market in developed country shares might be drawing to an end.

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