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Here's a quiz for you. What do Steve Jobs, JK Rowling, Franz Kafka, Marie Curie and Tracey Emin have in common? They’ve all considered themselves to be outsiders: misfits, not belonging to their various social groups.
If you have been following the election campaign so far, you will have heard all the main parties sign up to cutting the deficit. We have been assured over and over that there are plans to tackle and tame the deficit monster.
At last, there is a positive sign. After so many years of reputational damage, the financial services industry has been extended an olive branch by its regulatory masters – and it is one that should be grasped.
Anna Stupnytska is global economist at Fidelity Worldwide Investment, says Yes @AnnaStupnytska
After taking account of polling by Lord Ashcroft in the key 150 marginal constituencies, the opinion polls have been consistently suggesting that no single party will have a clear majority after 7 May (effectively, gaining over 323 seats, given th
The manifestos have finally been published and we now know what each party is promising. Unfortunately, not one seems to be listening to the voices of personal investors.
If Tesco chief executive Dave Lewis takes any pleasure in yesterday’s apocalyptic-sounding headlines, it will be the knowledge that the “kitchen sinking” is complete – surely there can be no more bad news for the retailer to announce.
Andrew Sentance, senior economic adviser at PwC, says Yes
THE STREAMING service Netflix recently announced that it had passed the 60m subscriber mark worldwide.
As the opinion polls blow hot and cold for both the Labour and Conservative leaders, so Ed Miliband and David Cameron are likely to broker a deal with minor parties to form a government.
The temptation to believe in the concept of a free lunch has proved irresistible to numerous governments through the ages.
Apple's 1997 “Think Different” campaign stands out as one of the major turning points in that company’s history. It was a message that Steve Jobs and his innovative spirit had returned to the firm, after he left in 1985.
Sam Bowman is deputy director of the Adam Smith Institute, says Yes
Gender equality has been highlighted as an important electoral issue in the political manifestos.
Distance sometimes gives you a better perspective. What became clear to me abroad last week was that, in an age of big economic challenges, the ideas in the parties’ manifestos are very small.
London’s technology sector may be basking in record levels of investment – £549m in the first quarter of this year alone – but maintaining its success will become increasingly dependent on the capital’s infrastructure being fit for the future.
Will Jones, lecturer in politics and member of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford, says Yes
I have been immersed in American presidential politics since at least 1992, when I briefly volunteered in New Hampshire (a pivotal early primary) for the whirlwind that is William Jefferson Clinton.
The saying that there are two things you should never see being made in public – policy and sausages – is somewhat apt at the moment.
Since the financial crisis, regulation has been debated extensively; as financial markets have become more accessible to retail consumers, protecting them has never been more important.
Charles Lewington, managing director of Hanover Communications, says Yes.
An eyesore and a vanity project, un-English and out of keeping with the times... that was, once, the contrarian view of St Paul’s.
With the polls still tight, the battle between the two main political parties over who has the strongest policy on controlling immigration is reaching its peak.
As the election nears, policy promises are coming thick and fast: “the NHS, schools, the economy and jobs will be safe in our hands and ruined in theirs” – or words to that effect.
The question of whether China will experience a hard or soft slowdown from the towering growth figures it has become accustomed to crashed back into the news this week.
George Efstathopoulos, co-portfolio manager at Fidelity Solutions, says Yes
Learners of Japanese soon run into the phrase “shou ga nai”. Roughly translated as “it can’t be helped”, it neatly sums up a fatalistic philosophy in tune with a nation beset by earthquakes, tsunami, volcanoes and typhoons.
Business is changing. The predominance of companies for which profit is everything – and everything else is nothing – is waning, and a new wave of entrepreneurs and socially-minded individuals is on the rise.
A common theme in all the party manifestos this week has been a commitment to EU reform – aside from Ukip, which would like Britain to leave immediately.
Steve Kuncewicz, a media lawyer at Bermans, says Yes
An injection of capitalism was all it took. Not long ago, British banks were unpopular and unresponsive, and now they are listening to their customers. How times are changing.
Are there now real signs of recovery for Tesco? Its battle ­– not just against its traditional big four rivals but the German discounters too – has a long way to run, but the YouGov BrandIndex points towards areas in which it is succeeding.
The centrepiece of the Conservative Party manifesto, unveiled yesterday, was a significant expansion of the right-to-buy scheme.
Ed Miliband's proposal to tax non-doms more harshly may be good, populist politics. But does it make economic sense? At most, the yield will be around £1bn, even if people do not alter their behaviour in response to the change in policy.
For the last six months, reports of “travel chaos” have dominated London’s headlines, illustrating the misery besetting commuters in the capital.
Ashraf Laidi is chief global strategist at City Index, says Yes
Hillary Clinton announced on Sunday her intention to run to become the first female President in US history.
There are still 23 days to go, and the signs are bleak. Astonishingly, the rest of this election campaign could be even more trivial, insubstantial and tedious than we have witnessed to date.
We are in the run-up to the most unpredictable election of the modern age, having also experienced a seismic shift in the economic and technological environment.
Alessandro Theiss is an economist at Oxford Economics, says Yes
  As we enter the final days of the election, we have decided to ask a select group of business leaders what would make them vote for one of the parties.  
During my years in the trenches in Washington, my staff christened one of my favourite analytical canaries in the coalmine the “we are where we are moment”.
Faced with stubbornly unchanging polls and less than a month before the General Election, what can a party leader do to prevent the nation drawing the duvet over its collective head on 7 May?
As the Easter weekend fades into distant memory, my programme of visits to the City’s key trading partners kicks back into action.
Nick Peters, co-portfolio manager of Fidelity Multi Asset Income fund, says Yes.
Churchill, as ever, said it best: “For a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”
Anthropologists argue that, to explain a situation, you have to examine its “silences”. The General Election is no different.
For the best part of 30 years, London’s renaissance has seemed unstoppable. The 1980s “big bang” created a tidal wave of regeneration which swept over the city, reinvigorating areas of decline and nurturing a globally competitive super region.
Imagine the following scenario. An employer has given a wearable device to one of their most high-performing staff members. Among other functions, the wearable monitors the employee’s heart rate and blood pressure over a period of six months.
Dr Andrew Futter, senior lecturer in international politics at the University of Leicester, says Yes

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