Stephen King: Our economic woes show that there is nothing unique about Japan

Economic Outlook: Economic outcomes in the Western world have, to date, been far worse than in Japan in the early years of stagnation

Stephen King: Markets are driven by a future view – and now reality is starting to bear on it

Economic Outlook Never assume August is going to be a quiet month. In the first week, we seemed to be on the verge of a financial apocalypse.

Stephen King: US downgrade just confirms what we already know – its economy is in a mess

Economic Outlook: The US budgetary position is a mess – in much the same way that the Pope is Catholic and bears do their business in the woods. The downgrade by S&P, the ratings agency, merely confirms what everyone already knew. The symbolism, however, is mightily important.

Stephen King: Unemployment picture shows that the US economy has lost its vigour

The US is limping along. And, as time goes by, the limp is becoming ever more pronounced. The rot set in long before the financial crisis

Stephen King: The eurozone must replace its blank cheques with some real representation

Economic outlook: Faced with the loss of fiscal sovereignty, governments could more easily sell 'local austerity' rather than 'Brussels austerity'

Stephen King: Latter-day Gold Standard leaves eurozone countries facing grim choices

Economic outlook: The European Central Bank is against a default or any choreographed restructuring

Stephen King: Western nations may be forced to sell off some of their prized assets

Economic outlook: We have been relying on a pace of economic growth which may now be beyond our reach, a sobering realisation

Stephen King: A week when you finish up clutching a pair of scissors

Economic outlook: In 2006 UK public spending was about 41 per cent of GDP. Last year it had jumped to 47.5 per cent

Stephen King: Inflation fears have vanished – suddenly it's all about growth

Manufacturing surveys from around the world provide a miserable message – growth momentum is fading

Stephen King: Off with its head? The four 'impossible' solutions that face the eurozone

Economic Outlook: Countries attempting to bring back their own currencies would suffer excessive appreciation or complete collapse

Stephen King: The IMF should be looking further than the eurozone for its new head

Economic Outlook: Europe should be able to solve its crisis itself. After all, the creditors and debtors are all EU members

Stephen King: The UK's monetary independence is a blessing for the eurozone

Economic outlook: The devaluation of the pound has had an impact. Oil prices, for example, recently hit a record in sterling terms

Stephen King: Tale of two weddings... how the royals reflect the financial mood

Economic outlook: At the time of the 1981 royal wedding the UK was most definitely on the fragile road towards recovery

Stephen King: US policymakers' failure to act has merely justified the S&P downgrade

If the US does not ultimately deliver austerity, it may have austerity imposed through the back door

Stephen King: Inflation targeting simply has not worked and now is the time to let go

The new behemoths bend, twist and warp prices in ways that make the control of inflation more difficult
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If you’re a large company with hundreds of suppliers, each individual firm is entirely expendable, writes David Prosser
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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow
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Bankers who reach the dizzy heights of partnership status at Goldman Sachs achieve legendary status in the bank’s London office
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Rocket Internet’s founder Oliver Samwer, centre, with the incubator’s chief executive and finance director when it listed in October
The German-based start-up factory has churned out more than 100 businesses in recent years. And now it’s looking to replicate its success here, says Oscar Williams-Grut
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