News The more modern town of Salford, where the latest investment of the English Cities Fund is expected to be announced

Could Britain’s chronic housing shortage be solved by using insurers’ assets? Jamie Dunkley and Russell Lynch report

Stephen Foley: So, what 'should we' make of Goldmans?

US Outlook: Bankers aren't chastened or changed, part 2. (It has been a depressing few days.)

Bailed-out banks put up cost of public works by over £1bn

Banks partly owned by the Government were allowed to increase the amount they charged to finance new schools, hospitals and roads by over £1 billion during the height of the credit crunch.

Life on the front line of Britain's debt

Business has been booming for the Consumer Credit Counselling Service. Julian Knight meets the charity's founder

M25 project delay 'behind £660m cost rise'

The cost of widening Britain's busiest motorway has increased by 24%, or £660 million, partly due to the slow way the Highways Agency took the project forward, a report by a Government spending watchdog said today.

David Prosser: Adviser to Bank gets even more contrary

Outlook Adam Posen, one of the external members of the Monetary Policy Committee, has been taking a contrary stance for some months now, warning that unless the Bank of England begins a second round of quantitative easing, the UK economy will slip back into a downturn damaging enough for the effects to be felt for a generation.

Frankie Boyle: I Would Happily Punch Every One of You in the Face, New Theatre, Oxford

Who better, I thought, to shake us out of credit-crunch fatigue and the cuts commotion than the scything Scottish comedian Frankie Boyle? It's a last act of "kindness" before his early retirement from live performance, announced two years ago and which finally begins at the end of this tour.

Directors' pay falls but bonuses return

British executives suffered the second largest fall in salaries in Europe over the last year, but were compensated with a sharp jump in the value of their bonuses.

Financial services success story amid the gloom

Britain's financial services industry continues to rise above the gloom of the faltering economy, the Confederation of British Industry will say today, while also warning that the sector is now growing less quickly than had been expected.

Reinsurance: Executives fear regulation growth

European reinsurers have overhauled their operations since the credit crunch, while US and Bermuda-based rivals have maintained their business models, a report out tomorrow is expected to conclude.

UK plc 'shuns overseas M&A'

British businesses have been slow to spend their way out of the recession, leaving the UK lagging behind other economies, according to a report by KPMG.

How we learned to start worrying and love Mahler

The Austrian composer is more popular than ever, with a host of anniversary concerts planned. Yet at first his work was overlooked because his sense of doom was out of tune with the times

David Prosser: Bankers are not leaving the City

Outlook The reaction of the British Bankers' Association to proposed new rules from the Financial Services Authority on bonuses has been drearily predictable: yet another warning that the City's finest will flee the country if we police their pay more stringently than other jurisdictions.

House Doctor: 'Are we wasting our time trying to find a mortgage if we have only a 5% deposit?'

Question: Is there any kind of mortgage for first-time buyers with a 5 per cent deposit? I see a lot about 90 per cent loan-to-value (LTV) loans but nothing for people like us who have at last just scraped 5 per cent (in our case, £7,500) for a flat worth roughly £150,000. Are we wasting our time?

House prices 'reach summer 2006 levels'

House prices are now back at the levels seen in the summer of 2006 after rising further in June, according to Land Registry figures today.

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