Opinion

The shale gas debate has been heating up over the past few weeks with two positive announcements from the government. 
 
With more than $5 trillion wiped off global stock markets since 11 August, “Black Monday” this week saw declines of historic proportions, driven by concerns over the Chinese economy. 
 
Listen to the political rhetoric and one thing seems clear: immigration is bad, and we have way too much of it.
 
As investors start to return from their summer holidays, one date in particular will be looming large in their thinking.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is small compared to other government departments, with a gross annual expenditure of just £5.7bn. 
 
An old friend recently confided that there is one thing he is afraid of more than death – and that is living too long.
 
One of the FCA’s statutory objectives is to promote effective competition in the financial services sector in the interests of consumers. 
 
Economics is often described as the dismal science, but it regularly contains cheerful material. A paper by the leading US economic historian Joel Mokyr made for exuberant holiday reading. 
 
There's nothing quite like a bout of market volatility to prompt a round of gleeful crowing from the usual suspects that “capitalism is in crisis”. 
 
"Jeremy Corbyn wins economists’ backing for radical plan” thundered the Observer’s front page on Sunday. As I meandered around the supermarket, I did a double-take.
Yesterday’s dramatic moves in stock markets around the world, coming on top of the pronounced market volatility of recent weeks, will have concerned investors, with the lack of a single clear trigger making it harder to assess the potential for

The foreign exchange market is the largest financial market in the world, with transactions worth $5.4 trillion taking place every day.

I am becoming worryingly convinced that Vladimir Putin must be a big fan of this column.

We only have to wait until the end of September before we know who is going to represent the two main political parties in the race to become the next mayor of London.

This week, fed-up Londoners will be forced to endure two more Tube strikes.

In just 100 days, world leaders will gather in Paris for the COP21 climate change talks.
With the publication of GCSE results, education is in the spotlight once again.
The latest twist in the London City Airport saga was laid out in these pages yesterday, with the news that a number of international parties are looking to bid for

I arrived back from holiday at Heathrow last week. After I picked up my bags, I went through customs and I saw some stewardesses walking through a passageway that avoided the arrivals duty free shopping area.

Everyone in this city has their own story. Mine, like so many Londoners, is of someone whose parents moved here to make a better life for themselves and their family.

The technological breakthrough of ecigarettes has placed the medical establishment and taxpayer-funded public health advocates in a bit of a quandary.

The latest retail figures in the UK showed good growth. Things are also looking up in the US and in much of the euro area. The world economy has settled into a period of steady growth with very little inflation in the major economies.

Last week saw the ritual tears and joy of the announcement of A-Level results. An encouraging aspect was the increase, albeit small, in the percentage of entries in traditional academic subjects, now standing at 51.2 per cent.

It's easy to be down on China. Last week’s negative headlines after the unexpected devaluations of the renminbi (RMB) played into the “China slowdown” narrative which has taken root as this year’s accepted story.

Government raids on the methodology of business are commonplace. Some are more successful than others.

The summer is ebbing, football is back, and this weekend saw the launch of yet another campaign to “save the NHS”.

It's seven years since the last crash. We know there will be another one soon but where will it happen? Looking at the cranes in the sky has always been a reliable indicator.

I assume that soon-to-be Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has more than a passing understanding of Lenin, if of little else.

Over the past year, I have said frequently that firms in the City are too quiet when there is good news to tell.

Exceptionalism has long characterised France. On the cultural front, two years ago the country requested the audio-visual sector (including French cinema) be excluded from the US-EU free trade agreement.

THE SCHOOL reforms in England since 2010 have been underpinned by the rationale that a good education is emancipating and liberating; that it allows access to a world of opportunities and interests where an individual’s destiny is in their own han

THE headlines this week were about a rise in UK unemployment –up 25,000 in the past three months. The main weakness was in part-time employment, which fell by nearly 100,000.

STUDENTS across the UK opened their A-Level results yesterday and, for most, the three or four letters in that envelope will determine where they study next or which employer they go on to work for.

It's been a torrid time for Britain’s railways lately. In the last six months – as many a hard-pressed City A.M. commuter will know – there have been bad tempered strikes on the Tube and commuter railways.

Macroeconomic forces influence truly vast sums of money, but the process of analysing them is notoriously unreliable. Economic forecasting is often very wide of the mark and seriously inaccurate just one year ahead.

Today's A-Level results are a welcome release of tension for students, as many begin to contemplate university and their career paths. But are first-rate grades and university degrees still top of the wish list for businesses?

Are the wheels falling off the government’s EU renegotiation?

The key aim of George Osborne’s economic policy has been to eliminate the public sector’s financial deficit. The main way he has tried to achieve this has been by squeezing public spending.

In a surprise move, China weakened its currency yesterday by setting the daily fix for the RMB 1.9 per cent lower, in its most significant devaluation since 1994.