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In 1990 interest rates were at 15 per cent. You didn't need to be brain of Britain to know that rates at that level were not going to last. It should be easy, therefore, to look at interest rates today – standing at 0.5 per cent – and see this must be the bottom of the interest rate cycle, with little chance of them remaining at record lows in the medium to long term.

Spanish and Italian pain heaps pressure on crisis summit

Spain's borrowing costs jumped above 7 per cent and Italy had to pay through the nose to raise debt at an auction yesterday, heaping more pressure on European leaders as they kicked off a eurozone crisis summit in Brussels.

Raise your glass to a spirited idea

Luxury branding for the whisky market is at the centre of attention at Strathclyde's exclusive MBA

Cyprus seeks European bailout

Cyprus became the fifth eurozone country to request financial aid from its partners in the European currency union as it struggles to shore up its banks, which took heavy losses on Greek debt.

Business week in review

In profit...

Analysis of the investment performance of the last five countries to host the Games paints a depressing picture ahead of the games in London

Games will not offer a winning opportunity

The Olympics are expected to give a £5.1bn boost to the economy. But UK investors are unlikely to benefit.

Spotlight On: Severn Trent's 10-year bond

The deal

David Cameron hails eurozone crisis 'progress'

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday hailed "important progress" at the G20 summit in Mexico towards a solution to the crisis in the eurozone.

James Moore: It's time for George Osborne to come up with a Plan C

Outlook Talking of deficits, yesterday provided another gloomy set of numbers suggesting that the economy isn't going to do much to help the Coalition's bid to eliminate the UK's budget deficit. Au contraire.

George Osborne's call for more road and rail investment is no laughing matter

Julian Knight: Don't let Osborne put us off infrastructure plan

Whatever the Chancellor's personal standing with the public, urging pension funds to invest in capital projects is a good idea

Sage of Omaha is upbeat on US economy forecast

While all around may be losing their heads, Warren Buffett kept his, declaring emphatically that the chances of a double-dip recession in the US, the world's largest economy, were "very low".

Dow rebounds as Warren Buffett writes off chances of a double dip in US

While all around may be losing their heads, Warren Buffett kept his, declaring emphatically that the chances of a double-dip recession in the US, the world's largest economy, were "very low".

Peltz stirs takeover talk at InterContinental Hotels

A New York billionaire famed for dating Victoria Principal has taken a stake in InterContinental Hotels Group, raising speculation that it may be a takeover target.

A grim-faced Luisde Guindos, Spain's Economy Minister, at the parliament in Madrid yesterday

Madrid reels again as borrowing costs hit highest level for a decade

The beleaguered Spanish economy took another blow yesterday as the country's borrowing costs soared to its highest level for a decade and the Madrid stock market briefly sank to a nine-year low.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee