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Many of us like to indulge in festive myths around the holiday season, but City A.M. deputy night editor Julian Harris says that some fantasies have to end. The public is ignorant of many economic and political facts. We should make a New Year's resolution to clear out some popular myths, so that we can make better policy.

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As George Osborne is to unveil his Autumn statement City A.M. editor Allister Heath says that the chancellor needs to go further. Costly energy policy, capital gains tax, stamp duty and income tax all require radical reform.

After opening the day's trading on behalf of the 2013 City A.M. Awards winners, City A.M. editor Allister Heath interviews London Stock Exchange chief executive Alexander Justham. They discuss economic recovery, attracting tech stocks to the UK's indexes, and the future for London-listed equities.

As the OECD announces that the UK's economy is growing faster than that of Germany, France, the US or Japan, City A.M. editor Allister Heath says that while some of this growth is sustainable, much of it comes from excessive exuberance. Real wages also continue to fall as inflation exceeds income increases.

City A.M.'s Julian Harris discusses Bank of England governor Mark Carney's reaction to the prospect of a housing bubble and the government's Help to Buy scheme.
The second phase of Help to Buy, launched in October, has already seen over 2,000 applications for mortgage loans, but Julian argues that monetary interventions can exacerbate the problem of rising house prices. Rather than distancing itself from the scheme, the Bank of England should, he says, be assessing whether Help to Buy is a compounding factor. 

As the rising cost of living effects everybody in the UK, with the poor being hit especially hard, City A.M. editor Allister Heath says the solution lies in cutting taxes for low income earners and boosting skills. The government, he argues, needs to go back to the root cause of the problem.

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