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It's easy to sympathise with the fears of estate agents concerned with a property market increasingly cornered by the duopoly of Rightmove and Zoopla. But OnTheMarket seems to have missed the point of why these sites have become popular – ie.

When I was 16 years old, my family (bless them) scraped together enough money to send me to Europe; the first place I touched down on the continent was Athens.

If “tax avoidance” is the answer, what is the question?

If I told you I had a technology that could create tens of thousands of jobs, many in parts of the North of England with relatively high unemployment, support domestic manufacturing, and help us reduce carbon emissions, I imagine I would have your

John Longworth is director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, says Yes

Now that our environments are increasingly embedded with sensors and overlaid with software, digital is extending its reach beyond the domain of ones and zeroes and into the physical world.
 
Tesco has taken the right step towards healing its frayed relationship with its suppliers.

So what's next for Greece after the Syriza win? This relatively new radical left anti-austerity party managed to get a considerable lead over its closest rival in yesterday’s elections.

I have never understood the world’s fixation with soap operas; why obsess about EastEnders when the real world is so often far more dramatic and even less plausible?

It's an old saying, but you really must practise what you preach. And this is especially important when you work for a regulator of any sort.

A recent statistic has been stuck in my mind over the past few weeks. I read that the G7 nations currently account for around half of the world’s total economic output, but that the figure will fall to about a quarter by 2050.

Kester Mann, principal operators analyst at CCS Insight, says Yes.

Rihanna's “We Found Love” was one of the biggest hit songs of the autumn of 2011.

I know, I know. I have heard it all before. You meant to spend more time researching, you really wanted to get coaching, you intended to get input from friend or colleagues. But you didn't. And now you are in trouble.

It takes a lot to overshadow a quantitative easing programme on the scale of the one announced by the European Central Bank yesterday, but the Duke of York’s private life somehow managed it.

Mario Draghi got stuck waiting for a lift on his way to announce the ECB’s bond-buying programme yesterday, which feels like a metaphor for something.

Britain's enduring obsession with punishment has resurfaced in its response to the Libor scandal.

European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi has done what many in the markets had hoped for, and announced a massive package of QE of over €1 trillion – promising more if need be.

It's Burns Night this weekend, and yet millions of Americans of Scottish descent will be unable to enjoy Scotland’s national dish, the haggis.

Richard Batley, senior economist at Lombard Street Research, says Yes

With London’s population set to top 8.6 million this year, overtaking the previous record set in 1939, there’s been heightened debate on the big challenges for housing, education and transport in the capital.
 

There has been a growing trend in the State of the Union address the President gives each year. He stands before Congress and begins to alternate between populist appeals,  personalised stories, and non-starter policy proposals.

At the end of last week, the European Commission disclosed a preliminary finding that Amazon’s tax arrangements in Luxembourg could have constituted “state aid”.

In the depths of the financial crisis, we were approached by a small house builder in the South East who was looking for finance to refocus his business towards the higher end market. A gamble at the worst possible time, you might say.

Cheap smartphones, discount clothing stores, budget airlines: capitalism may not be perfect, but it excels at making things once considered luxuries affordable.

John Longworth, director general at the British Chambers of Commerce, says Yes

For many people, public speaking is not easy. For some people, it is simply terrifying.

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama proposed raising the top tax rate on capital gains and dividends to 28 per cent from the current rate of 24 per cent. This is up from 15 per cent when Obama took office.

It's never a good idea to change the recipe of a well-loved treat – and Cadbury’s Creme Egg is no except­ion. Following anger last week over an apparent change in taste, a Cadbury’s spokesman said: “It’s no longer [made with] Dairy Milk.

Public companies are rightly criticised whenever they turn down a takeover bid point blank, leaving no room for negotiation.

In business, and in all walks of life, it is often said that trust is hard won but easily lost. As I head to this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos, which starts today, trust between government, business and the public is in short supply.

Our ability to save varies considerably within a lifetime. When we can put money aside, the government plays a role in encouraging and influencing how we do it.

Executive pay is back in the news. The Goldman Sachs pay pot of $12.7bn (£8.3bn) has been prominent. German executive pay has overtaken that in the UK for the first time. Top management seems to have no shame.

Charlotte Bowyer, digital policy researcher at the Adam Smith Institute, says Yes

When we come to look back on 2014 in the years ahead, I believe that it will be seen as a watershed year in the long and varied history of investing.

One of the insights of the “public choice school” of economics is that voting groups with more homogenous interests will have much more influence on the political process than those with diffused concerns.

Oxfam tells us that global wealth inequality is increasing, as the world’s 80 richest people are approaching the same cumulative wealth as the entire bottom 50 per cent of the planet.

Mark Gregory, EY’s chief economist, says Yes

I well remember suffering through my college macroeconomic class, steeling myself to stay awake through the consumption of gallons of coffee. However, one of the rare things that piqued my interest was the theory of cartels.

This summer, the Airports Commission will recommend where Britain’s next runway should be built. In simple terms, it comes down to a choice about the sort of country we want Britain to be in the twenty-first century.