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WHEN the EU agreed to place new names on its Russian sanctions list last week, it added to an ever-expanding and ever vaguer body of international rules for compliance officials to navigate.

FALL-OUT from the Autumn Statement next week is likely to focus heavily on the slowdown in deficit reduction.

AS NORTHERN Rock began to crumble in the autumn of 2007, then chancellor Alistair Darling stepped in to stave off a bank run by guaranteeing all existing deposits. To some extent, it worked: queues outside Northern Rock branches soon dissipated.

Kester Mann, principal operators analyst at CCS Insight, says Yes.

Panmure Gordon, the indepen­dent stockbroking firm, made a name for itself last year when one of its analysts calculated the government was planning to sell the Royal Mail at £1bn less than what the firm thought it was worth.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan is halfway there.

Labour and the Conservatives have just gone another 12 rounds with Ukip, and lost. The inexorable rise of Ukip and the Rochester by-election result last week have their origins in strategic calculations made by parties in the 1990s.

The question of how to talk about immigration is one of the most convoluted of our time, despite the pivotal role migrants play in our economy.

David Kern is chief economist at the British Chambers of Commerce, says Yes.

WHAM! Pow! There’s been a comic book intensity to the battle of business this week, with transport app Uber drawn as the villain after unscripted swings at journalists it felt had the disruptive tech firm in their sights.

WE NEED to have a serious talk. The topic may be painful. Being faced with the warts of a much-loved figure often is.

YESTERDAY, the UK announced a contribution of about £720m to the Green Climate Fund, a UN initiative designed to help poor countries cope with climate change.

NIILO Jaaskinen, advocate general at the European Court of Justice (ECJ), recommended yesterday that the court should reject the UK’s challenge to the EU’s cap on bankers’ bonuses, which restricts bonuses to 100 per cent of a banker’s pay (or 200

Paul Thomalla, senior vice-president and managing director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at ACI Worldwide, says Yes.

WHEN the clowns start talking politics, alarm bells should be ringing not just about the state of our democracy but also the prospects for our economy.

WE HAVE got to the stage that, if you don’t know there’s a serious housing shortage in London, I’d assume you must be living in a cave. This shortage comes with increasingly obvious social and economic ramifications.

THE British pub is much-loved, but they have experienced a difficult few years. Changing consumer tastes and the challenging economic environment of recent years have made life tough for pub landlords and companies like Punch.

Duncan O’Leary, deputy director of Demos, says Yes.

Before Royal Mail was privatised, business secretary Vince Cable stated that the “overarching objective” of the sale was to secure the universal service obligation.

As the recent flotation of Virgin Money proved, albeit after a false start, London’s window for new issues (or Initial Public Offerings, IPOs) isn’t absolutely closed, as it was a couple of years ago.

BRITAIN faces a two-pronged energy quandary. The government remains determined to close old polluting coal power stations and wants to become more reliant on cleaner gas plants to keep the lights on.

CORPORATE tax avoidance is once again prominent in the news. When Jean-Claude Juncker, the new European Commission president, was Prime Minister of Luxembourg, the country has been accused of operating as a vast tax shelter.

IN 2014, the UK economy is likely to have grown by over 3 per cent, employment growth has been remarkably strong, some progress has been made on reducing the deficit, and inflation remains low and stable, despite yesterday’s slight uptick to 1.3 p

Mark Williams, chief Asia economist at Capital Economics, says Yes.

There's a nagging question for investors tempted to buy into Reckitt Benckiser’s heroin substitute spin off when it lists next month: if the business is so good, why does Reckitt want shot of it?

TWENTY years ago, I sat on Wall Street as an expectant, newly-hired investment banker, being trained in the arts (although there was some science involved) of corporate finance, bond maths, and company valuations.

"The rich keep getting richer”. If you’ve been watching Channel 4 over recent weeks, you will likely have been subjected to unsubstantiated claims such as this.

DAVID Cameron has warned of an unstable global economy. He says red lights are flashing on the dashboard. They are, but only in some parts of the world. Elsewhere, recovery looks firmly entrenched.

TWENTY years ago, I sat on Wall Street as an expectant, newly-hired investment banker, being trained in the arts (although there was some science involved) of corporate finance, bond maths, and company valuations.

DAVID Cameron has warned of an unstable global economy. He says red lights are flashing on the dashboard. They are, but only in some parts of the world. Elsewhere, recovery looks firmly entrenched.

Alex Edmans, a finance professor at London Business School and Wharton, says Yes.

THE RICH keep getting richer”. If you’ve been watching Channel 4 over recent weeks, you will likely have been subjected to unsubstantiated claims such as this.

Having worked in Washington for the better part of a decade, I absolutely despise conspiracy theories, as they simply do not explain the world as I’ve found it.

As those of you who braved the elements last Saturday will know, there’s a new lord mayor in town. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take over from Fiona Woolf in this 900 year old office.

Just four years after the Prime Minister and the mayor of London launched the Tech City initiative, London now has one of the fastest growing technology sectors in the world.

Christian Schulz is senior economist at Berenberg, says Yes.

In a matter of weeks, during the first few days of January, I will be calling people to invite them to next year’s City A.M. awards.

BEFORE the fiscal and monetary stimulus of “Abenomics”, Japan was afflicted with a chronic economic sickness. Crippled by excess private sector savings, it fell into deflation in the 1990s, despite very low nominal interest rates.

THE LATEST forecasts for global population growth continue to surprise. The number of people on our planet is thought likely to reach 11bn, or even 12bn, by the end of the century. Africa’s population is set to quadruple to 4bn.