Jeremy Warner: Stubbornly high inflation poses challenge for Bank

Outlook Is it good or bad news that inflation is proving so resilient? The good news is that the deflationary threat, which only a few months ago seemed as if it might plunge the world into a second Great Depression, is now receding fast. The downturn is slowing and may even be reversing.

Jeremy Warner: Europe's banks still need plenty of medication

Outlook: Economic recovery is being hampered by lack of confidence in the eurozone banking system

Jeremy Warner: Banking crisis may end up costing taxpayers nothing

Everyone wants better public services, but we've reached a point of disillusionment in the Government's ability to deliver them

Jeremy Warner: Has anything really changed in banking as Barclays exits BGI?

Outlook: Would Barclays be disposing of Barclays Global Investors (BGI) at all, let alone at this stage in the cycle, were it not for the banking crisis and the need to raise more capital? Probably not, John Varley, the Barclays chief executive, admits candidly.

Jeremy Warner: Rising bond yields point the way to economic recovery

Outlook Government bond yields around the world are soaring as inflationary expectations rise and debt management agencies struggle to fund record peacetime fiscal deficits. Both in the US and the UK, 10-year yields are back above 4 per cent, a level not seen since October last year. This is a complete reversal of the situation of just three months ago, when to many it looked as if the world was about to be engulfed by deflation and a second Great Depression.

Jeremy Warner: West Bromwich saved for the nation?

Outlook West Bromwich Building Society seems to have won a reprieve. By persuading holders of £182.5m of subordinated loans to convert their debt into instruments that would qualify as core tier 1 capital, West Bromwich hopes to avoid enforced merger with someone else, or the even more unpalatable end of falling victim to the Government's shiny new special resolution regime, the fate that befell its sister building society up in Dunfermline.

Jeremy Warner: Recession may be over but not the pain

Outlook All of a sudden, the green shoots of economic spring seem all around us. Some of them may even be turning into smallish shrubs, if not quite yet fully grown bushes. According to estimates published last night by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, which is second to none in the accuracy of its forecasts for the UK economy, March marked the trough of the recession, with the economy actually growing in April and May.

Jeremy Warner: Bank needs true outsiders on financial stability

Outlook Nobody is going to disagree too much with the four directors appointed yesterday from the Court of the Bank of England to the newly created Financial Stability Committee. Roger Carr, Sir David Lees, Mark Tucker, and Harrison Young all no doubt make worthy guardians of banking stability.

Jeremy Warner: Sky in the spotlight as Setanta teeters

Outlook Ofcom's efforts to force BSkyB to make its sport and other premium content available to rival pay TV providers on a wholesale basis have been so long drawn out that whatever the eventual outcome, it will come too late to save Setanta, the sports broadcaster which is threatening to collapse into administration under a mountain of unpaid bills. Setanta stopped taking new subscriptions yesterday. Not that there were many anyway, but it would seem to be the beginning of the end.

Jeremy Warner: Horlick applies the due diligence to herself

Outlook Well there's a thing. The mystery bidder for Bramdean Alternatives turns out to be none other than Nicola Horlick herself, the "super-mum" who already manages the fund.

Jeremy Warner: C&G pays the price for Lloyds banking merger

Outlook So farewell then Cheltenham & Gloucester, whose high street brand dates back to the mid-19th century but, like so much else, is now falling victim to the relentless march of "progress" – in this case the cost-cutting integration of Lloyds TSB with Halifax Bank of Scotland.

Jeremy Warner: Tories must engage in Europe to defend the City

Outlook: The supposed government-in-waiting seems not properly to recognise the dangers

Jeremy Warner: Taxpayer gets £2.3bn payback from Lloyds

Outlook: Once confidence goes, there is almost no amount of capital that can guarantee a bank's safety

Jeremy Warner: Best not to count on those green shoots

The case for a double-dip recession is all too easy to make
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Questions over the tax regime when Jean-Claude Juncker was prime minister of Luxembourg will not go away
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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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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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Alexandra Tolstoy is now living with Sergei Pugachev, once known as Putin's banker, in London
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