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Are you bored at work? Passed over for that promotion? Find yourself procrastinating or spending time surfing the net to make up office face time? Feel like you’re not getting anywhere? Then you may be suffering from stalled career syndrome.

Plans for a leaner, meaner and more profitable mining giant drew little love from investors yesterday. It was easy to see why – but that doesn’t mean the prospects for a slimmed-down BHP Billiton aren’t shiny.

Following on from my column last week covering the home broad­band market, I analyse another area in which BT has expanded in to – live broadcasts of Premier League matches.

AS THE great and the good of central banking gather to prophesise in Jackson Hole this week, they have good reason to reflect on Bob Dylan’s famous song. The times are indeed a changin’.

The latest employment figures confirm the buoyancy of the UK labour market. In the April to June quarter of this year, employment rose by 167,000 on the previous quarter, to an all-time high of 30.6m.

The launch of Innovate Finance, a new body dedicated to supporting fintech (or financial technology) in the UK, at Canary Wharf this month highlighted London’s ability to become the global centre of the sector.

Colin Stanbridge, chief executive of the London Chamber of Commerce, says Yes.

Six weeks ago I wrote on these pages that I thought there was “scope for housebuilders to continue their bull run”.

PROPONENTS of Bitcoin like to suggest that it will be the money of the future. Critics point to its price volatility, evidence of a Bitcoin bubble and other problems.

IT’S A mistake to try and get too precise,” suggested Stanley Fischer last September, shortly before he was appointed vice chairman of the Federal Reserve. “You can’t expect the Fed to spell out what it’s going to do. Why?

IT WAS one of the darkest days for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in Wall Street history.

Professor Michael Kerr, director of the Middle East & Mediterranean studies programme at King’s College London, says Yes.

The picture seemed to be crystal clear. With pay packets getting smaller, and Bank of England governor Mark Carney striking a notably dovish tone, any rise in interest rates could be assumed to be some way off.

In September, Scottish residents will vote in the independence referendum, following months of intense political debate between the Yes and No campaigns.

The City can feel empty at this time of the year, with many Londoners heading off on holiday. But as lord mayor, August is the one month that I’m not travelling to business centres around the world.

There’s a new wave of technology entering our daily lives and its impact will turn them upside down. 
 

For millions of households, the most significant risk to financial security lies in their lack of any form of a short-term cash account on which they can draw in the event of an emergency.

So you want to impress your boss? Who doesn’t? It is kind of important after all. Being "in" with your boss helps you stand out from the crowd - making you more likely to get promoted, get more money or survive redundancy.

Being old and boring, I spent last Friday mooching around a somewhat less-than-salubrious corner of our city, looking for a flat that I could buy as an investment.

Long the “gold standard” of the education system, A-Levels unlock the next stage of education or a career for hundreds of thousands of young people across the country.

Amid all the horror and hard choices dominating the global news this summer, it’s important not to miss the brighter trends as well.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s consultation on allowing fracking companies access to shale gas 300 metres below the ground closes today.

Sam Bowman, research director at the Adam Smith Institute, says Yes.

Nigel Wilson has hardly put a foot wrong since re­placing Tim Breedon, his po-faced predecessor, as chief executive of Legal & General just over two years ago.
 

Serco should sit up and take notice of G4S’ progress. While both firms were in the mire last year due to a prisoner tagging scandal, G4S swiftly set about overhauling its management and streamlining the business.

What remains of the Bank of England’s policy of forward guidance, launched just a year ago? In the light of yesterday’s Inflation Report, the answer has to be “not much”.

The Premier League kicks off again this weekend. And given the abysmal showing of our boys in the recent World Cup, a falling off of interest might be expected.

It’s been a while since we heard about zombie companies – those businesses without much of a future, clinging on mainly because of record low interest rates.

Professor Malcolm Chalmers, research director at RUSI, says Yes.

Changing jobs can be a terrifying and dangerous decision. Which is why despite some people enjoying working for the same company for decades, some stay in jobs they hate because they fear change and stay with the devil they know.

It's little surprise that the chief executives of Standard Chartered and Prudential “have a very good existing relationship,” to quote the latter.

The battle to dominate the home broadband market continues unabated, with the main in­d­ustry players going to ever in­creasing lengths to ensure that they win the hearts and minds of consumers.

As is often the case, Nouri al-Maliki’s Iraqi government found itself abandoned by even its oldest friends in the end.

Who wrote that the state is “that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else”? Milton Friedman? Ayn Rand? Surely an Anglo-Saxon libertarian? Not at all.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the lifeblood of our economy. They employ close to 14.4m people (almost 60 per cent of total UK private sector employment), with almost 4.6m people now self-employed.

Rob Wood, chief UK economist at Berenberg Bank, says Yes.

The biggest surprise about RBS considering selling the international units of its private bank Coutts is that it has not already flogged them.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

It’s that time of year when the City’s offices seem empty. For many families with children, these weeks represent the last opportunity of the year to get away for a well-earned break.