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: Myners wants to force investors to be more engaged

Outlook Lord Myners, the minister for the City, made an appropriate stand-in guest speaker for the Investment Management Association's annual dinner the other night, because the man who was meant to give the speech was none other than John McFall, chairman of the very same Treasury select committee of MPs which has just issued a scathing report on Lord Myners' handling of Sir Fred Goodwin's pension. In it, Lord Myners is accused of naivety and failure to grasp the issue.

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James Moore, Outlook: It looked doubtful, but the Co-op is giving every impression of having set a course for calmer waters.
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Audioboom, which now hosts a weekly XFM radio podcast by Russell Brand (right, with the co-host Matt Morgan), started life as a fund offering finance to builders, then tried turning waste products into energy
A small AIM-listed mining company that has sold all its assets is a perfect vehicle for shell investors, as Jamie Nimmo explains
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Zero-hours contracts do not guarantee a minimum number of hours
James Moore, Outlook:The trouble is, the contracts almost always seem to work best for the employer.
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James Moore, Outlook: It’s delicious. UBS, a controversial bank that has had a great deal of trouble with managing its money, has hired Annie Leibovitz, a controversial celebrity photographer
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Stock prices in China: Economic power has shifted east, and emerging market equities can bring rewards - and risk
Ben Chu, Economic View: The key here is not to sell with the herd when markets drop sharply but to ride it out.

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Candidates are facing tougher and weirder questions than ever in job interviews
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Power and the glory? An artist’s impression of Hinkley Point C, which it is envisaged will start generating in 2026 and account for 7 per cent of British consumption
Environmentalists are far from alone in opposing an 'expensive mistake'
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Sir Mike Rake
James Moore, Outlook: Pick a flotation candidate – any candidate – and you will find directors and owners having second thoughts.
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Dave Lewis built a formidable reputation at Unilever, but some were concerned by his lack of retail experience
Alex Lawson looks at the changes Dave Lewis has made
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Women and men stand in an office
Two economists have come up with a formula to quantify the gender gap
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An investor reads a newspaper in front of an electronic board showing stock information at a brokerage house in Beijing, China. China's major stock indexes sank more than 6 percent in early trade on Tuesday, after a catastrophic Monday that saw Chinese exchanges suffer their biggest losses since the global financial crisis, destabilising financial markets around the world.
Satyajit Das, Das Capital: The ‘Chinese dream’ risks turning into a nightmare for its investors and its leaders.

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Paddy Power is well-known for eye-catching promotional stunts, such as this balloon at the Cheltenham Festival
Outlook: It isn’t hard to see Paddy Power and Betfair's investors are excited
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A view through smog over the 02 Arena and the Canary Wharf financial district in London. The BBC weather centre predicts a potential 8 or 9 out of 10 level of air pollution likely to be found in East Anglia and the East Midlands
James Moore:

“Sell in May go away, buy again on St Leger Day” runs the old City saying. 

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Stonewall, which marches at London Pride, is working with firms in the professions to promote equality
Jo Bourke investigates 'prevalent' homophobic attitudes in the construction and property sectors
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Spokespeople for the companies involved, including BHP Billiton, stressed their political neutrality
James Moore, Outlook:

The sort of name recognition enjoyed by the likes of Tesco or Barclays is not something BHP Billiton is ever going to achieve.

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The Chinese stock market has faced its own 'Black Monday'
James Moore, Outlook:This is what happens when humans are replaced by computers.
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Everything you need to know about the global stock market meltdown and what it means
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Rupert Scofield, founder of microfinance institution Finca, shows Matthew Glynn how it has changed lives
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Laura Wade-Gery, the M&S executive in charge of the company's 870 UK stores and website, is going on maternity leave, the retailer announced today
James Ashton, My Week After her moment on the front pages, Laura Wade-Gery should be left to get on with it
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Online gambling operator 888.com is a client of XL Media, which specialises in driving internet users to its site
Jim Armitage, Outlook: The takeover battle for the Bwin.party online gambling company has had more twists than an all-night blackjack session.
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