Opinion

As Londoners, we should be proud of our city’s philanthropic heritage. Last year, the UK donated £10.6bn to charity – a total larger than the size of Liverpool’s economy – and London is at the centre of this philanthropy.
 

WE RECEIVED good news on European unemployment this week. The total number unemployed in the Eurozone and across the EU has continued to fall. The Eurozone unemployment rate has dropped below 11 per cent for the first time since early 2012.

Most people think that we have a duty to help refugees fleeing totalitarianism or war, wherever they come from. 
 
Most would agree that climate change could pose a threat to the economy. 
 
However, measures to combat it will ultimately prove counter-productive if they conflict with the interests of the taxpayer. 
 
The first speech I gave in the Labour leadership contest was on the economy and business.
With the Rugby World Cup due to kick off in just a couple of weeks, fans are already desperate to see their teams and the world’s best players competing on the pitch. 
 
Surveys often suffer from what is known as “social desirability bias”: when people sense that an opinion they hold, or a habit they engage in, is unfashionable, they are unlikely to be entirely honest about it in a survey. 
 
A group of economists recently hit the headlines with their claim that Jeremy Corbyn’s policies are supported by mainstream economics.
 

At the end of a week in which financial markets experienced immense volatility, advice on the underlying, structural issues afflicting the global economy came from an unlikely source.

Washington DC – While Donald Trump has shot across the summer political sky like a meteor, the more important story of the season has gone less remarked upon: the surprising difficulties of Hillary Clinton. 
 
Unlike many other advocates of free markets, I quite like Channel 4 News economics editor Paul Mason. 
 
Who is taxed, and by how much, is one of the best windows into the mind of any chancellor. Who does he want to help, who does he want to hit, and why? 
 
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.