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
News
Tour operators Thomas Cook and Tui have cut forecasts for this year
Travel companies may be feeling the pinch as Aegean holidays dwindle, but car sales are buoyant, says Jamie Nimmo
Voices
Polonius in ‘Hamlet’ counselled against debt
'Neither a borrower nor a lender be,' burbled Shakespeare’s Polonius. Ben Chu says it’s worth asking: Why do we borrow?
News
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin empire

Jim Armitage says that while it may sound good the $500m project has many pitfalls

News
The Chinese way: many investors haven’t completed high school

Shanghai Duolun Industry, a Chinese real estate company, managed to win over investors with a little re-branding in May. Ana Swanson reports.

News
Quindell deals in insurance claims but now faces its own sink or swim situation
The insurance claim outsourcer – the one-time darling of AIM – has shares suspended as new inquiry begins. Jamie Nimmo reports on an extraordinary fall from grace
News
The estate has pumped money into transforming Regent Street into a luxury retail attraction, with brands such as J.Crew
As the portfolio posts record profits, with West End plans afoot, it shows no sign of slowing. But the estate is also under scrutiny. Joanna Bourke reports
News
A protester shouts slogans during a pro-European demonstration in front of the Greek parliament in Athens. Greece's international lenders raised hopes for a vital bailout agreement to save Athens from default and a possible euro exit, despite warning no deal was likely at an emergency summit
Jim Armitage on the two key points commentators unerringly miss about the Greek crisis talks
News
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News
Ferrero, the Italian chocolatier behind Kinder Eggs, Nutella and Ferrero Rocher, now owns a 29.9 per cent stake in Thornton
Jim Armitage laments Thorntons disappearance into the Italian maw of Ferrero
News
This year’s model: the summer look at Asos. A £1,000 investment in the retailer in 2001 would now be worth £160,000
Amid scandals such as Langbar and success stories like Asos and Majestic Wine, investors will have mixed feelings on the junior market’s anniversary. Jamie Nimmo looks back on a chequered past and asks if the future will be more rewarding
News

Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, hasn’t been chilling out since selling to Unilever. As he tells Margareta Pagano, he’s still passionate about ‘hippy values’. And now he’s helping other entrepreneurs

News
Crowds in Walmart in California

There are lots of arguments about why Wal-Mart has been good for the American economy. Almost all are bunk, says Andrew Dewson.

News

George Osborne has put plenty of pressure on Royal Bank of Scotland. Make it safe, make it lend and, now, make it saleable.The Chancellor might have chosen to add another: make it invest in its computer systems. James Ashton reports

News
Block Workout is a gym, community centre and philosophy based in Brixton
News
Six banks were fined, including Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), for trying to manipulate foreign-currency prices are a stark reminder of the need for sweeping changes
Banks’ IT systems are “creaking” and it is because consumers want things like mobile phone banking services. James Moore reports
News
King Digital, the firm behind the hugely popular Candy Crush game, took its IPO to the New York Stock Exchange last year
More than half of Europe's 'unicorns' came from Britain in the past year. Jamie Nimmo investigates whether the UK has the financial market infrastructure to develop the next global technology giant
News
Alexis Tsipras, the Greek Prime Minister, said bailout conditions had ‘asphyxiated’ his country
Leaving the euro would be a much better option for Greece. But politics points in one direction, economics in another. Hamish McRae navigates
News
A Qatar Airways 787 Dreamliner arriving at Heathrow Airport
It seems that it isn’t only migrant workers unfortunate enough to find themselves building stadia for the 2022 World Cup who get a rough time at the hands of Qatari employers. James Moore reports
News
A giant Hong Kong $100 banknote stands in the window of HSBC’s Asia headquarters, but local citizens are worried about competition for jobs as links to the Pearl River delta region are strengthened
The Pearl River delta is now the world’s most populous area, bigger than Tokyo with a matching economy. Clare Jim and Lawrence White report on HSBC’s efforts to tap into the region’s potential – and the risks the bank faces
News
Laura Moss, one of DACA's young entrepreneurs
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