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Hamish McRae: Optimism is in the air in Washington

Economic View

Hamish McRae: Ad man is worried about four major uncertainties in the world economy – and if anyone knows, he does

It is better for us if business leaders are realistic rather than over-optimistic

Hamish McRae: Glimmers of light on road to 'normality'

Economic View

Hamish McRae: Britain should welcome this silent revolution

Economic View: People start in jobs to learn the trade, then see opportunities or get fed up with the confines of being employed

Hamish McRae: Gas, in all forms, is our best fuel option

Economic View

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

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