A NEW strain of gormlessness is infecting Europe.
A NEW kind of presidential run may have just got underway in America. With Hillary Clinton the likely Democrat nominee in 2016, the Republicans are in desperate need of a challenger who can stand up against her campaigning heft.
THE RECENT purchase of much of the retail property along London’s Queensway by Meyer Bergman and a Brunei family was a keynote deal.
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THE Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regulations quietly dropped on the doorstep of land owners on 6 April 2010, with the property industry greeting the arrival with a weary “here we go again”.
HOW often have you heard executives chuntering on about “red tape”? Sometimes, however, regulations affect people who don’t voice their concerns quite so loudly – customers.
SEVERAL cities have declared bankruptcy in the US in the last few years, with Detroit the most prominent example. Based on this week’s mayoral election results, it’s not inconceivable that New York City may join the queue.
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HOPE for a breakthrough at the international climate change talks in Warsaw next week is evergreen: “Where there is a will, there is a way!” the hosts’ environment minister says.
DO CHOICE and competition between suppliers improve the quality of outcomes for consumers? The answer may seem so obvious to City A.M. readers that it’s hardly worth asking.
CONCERNS about immigration continue to gather strength. A recent poll by Survation for Sky News found that 67 per cent think the coalition’s attempt to reduce net migration to 100,000 per year does not go far enough.
PRIVATISATION at Lloyds, but losses. An internal quasi-bad bank at RBS. Co-op bank falling into the hands of its bondholders. How healthy is the UK’s banking sector?
ONE OF the biggest myths in UK politics is that the free-market and Eurosceptic wings of conservatism are beholden to the interests of big business. Many mistake a shared desire for a lower tax and regulatory burden for a common agenda.
IT’S LIVING Wage week, and many are endorsing the principle of raising low pay, whether by boosting the minimum wage, or by forcing local authorities and pressuring other private employers to pay the Living Wage.
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ONE of the clearest signs of a strong economy is a healthy and thriving startup and small business sector; these are the real engines of job creation and growth for any country.
ONE week on from the biggest storm London has seen in nearly thirty years, and the capital’s railways are back on track.
AT THE CBI conference today, my message will be that Britain can only succeed in the future as an open, internationalist and outward-facing trading nation, with enterprise, risk and innovation valued and rewarded.
WHILE all attention has been focused on rising energy bills, Britain’s water industry is facing its own troubles – with its recent history characterised by drought orders, hosepipe bans, and tariff hikes.
HERE’S a Halloween horror story for you. One of America’s top experts on disease control has just announced that we are now in the post-antibiotic era.
WHEN the British public voted in the European referendum 40 years ago, they were told they were voting to remain part of a Common Market.
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RECENT revelations that the US government spied on 35 world leaders inspired Gallic outrage, German sulking, and stony British silence.
BARELY a day goes by without a government attack on the private sector. Yesterday saw the publication of a report proposing charge capping for pension funds.
IS THIS the end of 300 years of press freedom? Yesterday, the Privy Council – a cabal of government ministers – asked the Queen to rubber-stamp its plans to underpin a new press regulator by statute and Royal Charter.
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INVESTORS have long enjoyed a love/hate relationship with property. An asset class dominated by commercial real estate, it delivers diversification and a reasonable yield in the good times.
BRITAIN’s economic recovery is now firmly established. Output in the services sector, the largest part of the economy, has risen above its previous peak, reached before the crash in 2008.
FIVE years on, and academics and journalists are still attempting to explain the US subprime loan crisis that, in September 2008, caused the collapse of Lehman Brothers and apparently triggered the global economic crisis.
[Re: FTSE bosses lose faith in HS2, yesterday]
ONE OF the more annoying false memes of recent years has been the notion that standard corporate finance models have not worked in or since the 2008 financial crisis, and that no orthodox economics account of that crisis has been offered.
CONSERVATIVE Party chairman Grant Shapps has placed a question mark over the BBC’s licence fee funding model.
IT USUALLY begins with Ayn Rand,” author Jerome Tuccille once wrote. He’s not wrong.
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ENERGY prices keep rising. Prime Ministers and energy ministers, past and present, all propose their own solutions, although there is little agreement on the cause of the problem.
OVER the past twelve months, we have seen the UK economy, London and the City move towards a healthier position.
AS EXPECTED, the latest GDP figures show that the UK economy grew healthily in the third quarter of this year. All the main sectors – services, manufacturing and construction – contributed to growth for the second quarter in a row.