Stephen King: Imbalancing act as G20 ministers still fail to deliver

Outlook: If we treated the euro area as a single economy – as we treat the US – we would only worry about the eurozone as a whole

Stephen King: As currency wars wind up, will quick thrills call the shots?

Outlook: Should America print more dollars, there is a risk that demand takes off in the emerging world leading to inflation and asset bubbles

Stephen King: China baulks at sharing the West's post-party hangover

The US may soon switch on its monetary printing press to churn out more dollars, benefiting its exporters even as other nations lose out

Stephen King: Will Europe's debt crisis lead to closer political union?

At the beginning of the year, Ireland was the poster child for the merchants of austerity. While the people of Greece seemed either unable or unwilling to accept massive cuts in public spending, the Irish stoically accepted their fate, resigned to a prolonged period of self-flagellation.

Stephen King: The West has not learnt the vital lessons from Japan's economic travails

Outlook: The Western world is facing a nominal crisis: too much debt, too little inflation and an absence of effective conventional policy levers

Stephen King: The UK economy won't rebalance until we recognise the world has changed

Outlook: The UK didn't go into recession alone, and exports therefore were unable to make any headway even as imports collapsed

Stephen King: Scarce resources should give all governments serious food for thought

We live in a world of ultimately scarce resources. The increase in global demand for the basics of human life is likely to outpace any increase in supply

Stephen King: It's all very clear how Japan lost a decade, but will others make the same mistake?

Outlook: Unless a decent recovery is already in the bag, the public will have doubts about the potency of policymakers and the tools at their disposal

Stephen King: Austerity can be postponed by a fiscal stimulus – but it can't be avoided altogether

It is their attachment to models which partially explains the failure of governments, central banks, ratings agencies and banks to see the error of their ways

Stephen King: Western economies are still in danger of sinking under an ocean of self-created debt

As the UK's new Government delivers unprecedented austerity, the great deleveraging will affect the UK as much as everyone else

Stephen King: Back to the future with austerity measures that will test our tolerance

The tricky issue is that this Government, like those in the Seventies, may not have the mandate to deliver its austerity measures

Stephen King: We await the day Western nations opt to default by stealth

To continue living beyond their means, Western nations can simply sell their prized assets to those nations with deep pockets

Stephen King: The moment of truth will be the day the US opts to default by stealth

In the UK the printing press, on its own, has not been able to do the trick. The Governmentis about to deliver a bitter medicine

Stephen King: The Office for Budget Responsibility must be prepared to defy the fiscal consensus

The Treasury will no longer have the opportunity to redefine the economic cycle or fiddle the economic forecasts to suit its own purposes

Stephen King: Politicians in Europe are fighting back against the domination of the markets

Action to 'improve' the functioning of a market can sometimes make the situation worse, not better
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Facebook intends giving users the ability to transfer cash
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Chancellor George Osborne will reject tax cuts for middle classes in his Budget
Osborne’s handling of the economy has resulted in an ignominious defeat for the Chancellor, says David Blanchflower
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The community-minded movement ticks a lot of boxes but its virtues have been squandered
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York’s Shambles, where independent shops thrive
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The London Book Fair took place this week in Earls Court, a showcase for the UK’s £3bn-a-year books business
By adopting the methods of their online rivals, traditional publishers can ensure a bright future. Gideon Spanier on the industry's resilience
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Dan Loeb has a fearless and brash style
The 270-year old auction house has come out fighting against the hedge fund king's attack on its board. Laura Chesters reports
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The Port of Felixstowe, in Suffolk, is the UK’s busiest container port
The IMF is sounding a warning shot over Britain's economy recover. Ben Chu examines how concerned we should be about prospects for growth
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By 2016 Britain's biggest coal-fired generation station aims to produce half its electricity from biomass. Margareta Pagano meets the woman driving the transformation to a green future
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Caroline Murphy wanted to turn Murphy Group into a workers’ co-operative
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Does the Chancellor want lots of eighty-year-olds in employment? And if so why? asks David Blanchflower
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Office for Budget Responsibility head Robert Chote
The OBR's chair talks to Ben Chu about the Treasury's bad old days and whether he could work with Ed Balls
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Cupid has to be agile to keep up with rivals
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Balderton’s big hitters: (clockwise, from top left) ‘Grand Theft Auto’ which uses Natural Motion’s engine Euphoria; Betfair; Wonga; and LoveFilm
London's Balderton Capital, the capital behind Betfair and Wonga, is pulling the centre of gravity across the Atlantic, says Oscar Williams-Grut
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The shadow banking system exemplifies a popular Chinese saying – “policies come from above; countermeasures from below”, says Satyajit Das
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Andrew Tyrie says too much regulation has been ‘mindless box ticking’ designed to protect the regulators’ backs
Andrew Tyrie tells James Moore he believes financial reward should be earned, and senior figures held accountable
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Steady and solid growth – rather than boom and bust – shows a welcome return to stability, says Hamish McRae
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