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Investment bankers are a bit like accountants. They see opportunities from every eventuality.

WHEN Labour were finally booted out of office in 2010, the departing chief secretary to the Treasury infamously left his successor a note – “I’m afraid there is no money,” it read. “Kind regards – and good luck!”

IT WAS called the “Snappening” – the vast leak of Snapchat pictures, including thousands of nude images, some of them of under-17s – the app’s main demographic.

London is Britain’s global city. Between 1997 and 2012, its economy more than doubled, and that trend is set to continue.

Why can’t the UK government get its deficit down?

It’s here folks. Well, in the US at least.

Freya Beamish, economist at Lombard Street Research, says Yes.

So farewell then, Jose Manuel Barroso. The outgoing EU Commission president’s valedictory tour of our TV screens has underlined one inescapable fact: Europe’s bureaucrats are much too bossy, interfering and out of touch.

Forget political polls and voting intentions. The most important survey of recent months came from Pew Research on the attitudes of populations worldwide to capitalism and inequality.

Geeks and startup types are again gathering today in Billingsgate for TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference, a celebration of London’s tech sector. There’s a lot to celebrate: the sector hasn’t been this hot since the days of the dot-com boom.

Kerry Craig, global market strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management, says Yes.

We have been warning investors to expect more bumps, and this is exactly what we are seeing.

Something truly terrible happened in Hamelin, Germany in the early Middle Ages, something so dire it has become embedded in western consciousness as the fairy tale “The Pied Piper.” Whether the town experienced a severe case of the Black Death, a

What is the role of the lord mayor in the twenty-first century?” It is a common question that has been posed to me and my recent predecessors countless times.
 

Ukip’s rise has led to fear in Westminster. Politicians see how the party has gained momentum, and they fret about the impact on the outcome of the general election next year, and in some cases their own jobs.

Robin Osterley is chief executive of Supporters Direct, says Yes.

A big job interview can be one of the most stressful things you will do in your professional life.

If Darwin really did say it’s not the strongest or most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change, then the world of mobile tech had better watch out.
 
Business bashing is in vogue.

LONDON’s technology sector is booming.

UK UNEMPLOYMENT hit its lowest level for almost six years in the three months to the end of August, dropping to just 6 per cent. This clearly brings some cause for optimism.

THERE has been a tremendous pick-up in volatility in markets recently, particularly equity markets.

Allie Renison, head of Europe and trade policy at the Institute of Directors, says Yes.

After days of fending off suggestions that its £800m flotation was in trouble, the challenger small business bank Aldermore finally succumbed to the inevitable yesterday.

Bankers are not stupid. This is hardly a controversial view in this newspaper, but it is a point which has been messily and repeatedly missed by EU regulators.

WHAT sort of banking industry do you want?

One of the hazards of policymaking is that many of the best-laid plans can have curiously unintended consequences. In implementing policy, meanwhile, government can often find its left hand undermined by its right.

Londoners like to think of the capital as a thriving international destination, full of creative people, bustling with ideas, and a cultural and entertainment rival to all the major cities of the world.

John West, equity capital markets editor at Dealreporter, says Yes.

Institutional investors started 2014 hungry for European initial public offerings (IPOs) – even at full valuations. Not any more.

The decision by advisers to Aldermore, the lender to small businesses, to pull its flotation is the most high profile collapse in the new issues market this year, reflecting widespread concerns that there is little appetite left in London market

Once a regular fixture on the high street, growing compet­ition from online ret­ail­ers, sup­er­markets and the rise of e-books is taking its toll on book­sellers – even on chains such as Water­stones.

REPORTS of people cancelling safari holidays in Kenya and South Africa due to fears of Ebola (over 3,000 miles away in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) are the latest manifestation of the devastating impact on African economies wrought by the per

HOW MANY workers does the typical American firm employ? Actually, it is a trick question. The answer is “zero”. More than 50 per cent of all companies in the United States are one-person operations – the owner, and no-one else.

BUSINESSES in the City have long been struggling to bridge the divide between the diversity we see in our clients and society and the make-up of our own staff.

Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank, says Yes.

Opec’s control over global oil prices is waning because supply growth increasingly comes from non-Opec producers.

Bill Ackman was in typically bullish form yesterday, insisting it was “good” that shares in Pershing Square tanked 10 per cent on debut. “If it went up, we’d have sold it too low,” he said.

LIFE could become even more difficult for the financial sector in the coming year. The fundamental forces shaping UK politics threaten an aggressive new round of regulation and taxation.

"Race relations/immigration” is now ranked by voters as the most important issue facing Britain, according to Ipsos MORI.

THE NHS costs £110bn a year in England alone, amounting to around 7 per cent of GDP. It employs more than 1.3m people, and its success or failure touches all of our lives, while indirectly affecting the strength of every business.

Laith Khalaf, senior analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, says Yes.

The FTSE is currently trading below its long-term average compared to company profits, but that doesn’t mean it won’t go further into deficit.

In his magisterial work The Best and the Brightest, David Halberstam makes clear that the essential tragedy of the Vietnam War was US decision-makers’ inability to see beyond the Potomac river in Washington, DC.