Jeremy Warner: Rio Tinto – another lesson in the perils of empire-building

Outlook: The Chinese are fuming and some shareholders are still demanding Tom Albanese's head on a platter. But in the round, Jan du Plessis, Rio Tinto's chairman, seems to have negotiated a satisfactory finale to the tale of corporate woe that began with Rio's top-of-the-market acquisition of Alcan two years ago.

Jeremy Warner: Sir Alan Sugar – you're hired!

Outlook: It seems unlikely that Sir Alan Sugar would be hiring Gordon Brown as his apprentice were the Prime Minister to appear on his TV show. Lacking in people skills, sulky, non-team player, makes enemies easily, and incapable of controlling a budget, Mr Brown would have been fired in the first episode.

Jeremy Warner: Ronson – Ernest's Alzheimer's was my idea

Outlook: Those who still wonder, as I have from time to time, about the origins of Ernest Saunders' Alzheimer's need look no further. The answer is contained in an autobiography published this week by the property developer Gerald Ronson, Leading From The Front.

Jeremy Warner: Rio Tinto ditches its Chinese connection

Outlook Now do keep up. A year is a long time in politics, to misquote Harold Wilson's famous remark, but it seems to be a positive aeon in the mining industry. Fast back 12 months and the commodities sector was still booming, with prices at record highs and Rio Tinto confident in its rejection of a generously valued bid from BHP Billiton.

Jeremy Warner: Latvia must bite the bullet and devalue

Outlook The sooner Latvia and other fringe European nations that peg their currencies to the euro grasp the nettle and devalue, the better it will be for both them and the Western banks that have recklessly been funding their growth. There was talk yesterday of more money from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union, but it will only buy time. These currencies need to revalue.

Jeremy Warner: House price correction is not over yet

Outlook One swallow does not a summer make, and although there has been quite a lot of positive data on the housing market of late, it would be unwise to read too much into yesterday's unexpectedly strong Halifax house price survey.

Jeremy Warner: Dollar weakness is a sign that things are on the mend

Outlook Remember the glory days of two dollars to the pound, when depending on how much they were spending, it almost made sense for Brits to hop on a plane and go shopping in New York? Well, we are not back there yet, but the dollar has weakened markedly in recent weeks and the pound is one of its chief beneficiaries.

Jeremy Warner: Temasek loses its touch on Barclays

Outlook Temasek, the Singapore sovereign wealth fund, seems to have lost the plot. Unlike Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, who has just made a killing from his investment in Barclays, Temasek apparently chose the bottom of the market earlier this year to offload its stake in Barclays, thereby clocking up a loss on the investment of £500m.

Jeremy Warner: Tragedy of UK's system of final salary pensions

Outlook First BP closes its defined benefit pension fund to new members. Now Barclays is closing its doors to new accruals too, which is the next stage on the road to closure. The final salary pension, one of the great innovations of the post-war industrial landscape, seems finally to be breathing its last – unless of course you happen to work in the public sector, where these gold-plated pension benefits sail on regardless of the ruination of the public finances.

Jeremy Warner: Merkel slams Bank's loose money stance

Outlook By demanding that the US Federal Reserve and the Bank of England cease their programmes of "quantitative easing" forthwith, and that the European Central Bank avoids the temptation of adopting the same approach, Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor, has broken one of the abiding principles of German politics: that out of respect for central bank independence, all commentary on their monetary actions is strictly off limits.

Jeremy Warner: Abu Dhabi turns a fast buck on Barclays

Outlook I was a fierce critic of Barclays' decision last autumn to ignore shareholder pre-emption rights by bringing in Middle Eastern investors on favourable terms to provide new capital.

Jeremy Warner: Is Balls the right man to replace fall-guy Darling?

Outlook: Few Chancellors have been dealt such an overwhelmingly poor hand

Jeremy Warner: Geithner attempts to calm economic relations with China

Outlook: It would be easy for the US to slip back into the bad old ways of living beyond its means

Jeremy Warner: What's the point of the rating agencies?

Outlook How dare they? Whatever the validity of the analysis, there are few things quite so guaranteed to get the juices of patriotic outrage flowing as the implied criticism of a threatened Standard & Poor's downgrade. Endless column inches have been expended in our national press criticising the Government for its disastrous mismanagement of the public finances, but now that an outside organisation has deigned to join the throng, that has really gone and done it. What do these people know?

Jeremy Warner: Furse has had a good innings running the LSE

Outlook For any chief executive to survive as long as eight years in the hot seat, as Clara Furse has done at the London Stock Exchange, counts as some kind of achievement in itself. Yet, ultimately, the chief executive must be judged not by their longevity but by whether they leave the company in better shape than they found it. With Ms Furse, who bowed out yesterday, that question can be answered strongly in the affirmative. OK, so the LSE's share price is a pale shadow of the £20 it achieved during the takeover frenzy of late 2007, but it is also a good deal higher than it was when she started, which is more than can be said for the stock market as a whole. During that time, she has seen off five unwanted LSE suitors, completely overhauled its technology, grown earnings and revenues strongly, increased the product range substantially, merged with Borsa Italiana and made a reasonable fist of seeing off the upsurge in new competition that has resulted from the European Union's markets in financial instruments directive.

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