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You may be coolly and calmly considering a job offer - or choosing objectively between several, if you’re lucky.

The sun, I hope, has finally made an appearance this morning, to remind us that – despite this week’s cold and wind and rain – we are still, technically, in summertime.

Are we witnessing a comeback from traditional high street retailer HMV? Recent figures suggest so, with announce­ments highlighting stronger sales and consumer perception.

PRIOR to the financial crisis, life was relatively straightforward for central bankers. They favoured opacity over their future actions, using the theoretical argument that transparency was a threat to credibility.

SIR JAMES Mirrlees is one of the mere handful of British recipients of the Nobel Prize in economics. And as his fine old Scottish surname might suggest, he has been active in the debate on independence.

IN A typically verbose article for the Daily Telegraph, the mayor of London Boris Johnson has warned of the “tide of terror” that will “eventually lap at our front door” if something isn’t done to curb the advance of the Islamic State (IS) in the

Yannick Naud, portfolio manager at Sturgeon Capital, says Yes.

While eSports may look and sound like child’s play, it is in fact big business.

Once again in Iraq – like some diabolical version of Bill Murray’s predicament in the peerless Groundhog Day – Western countries are arming the locals, with the US launching air strikes to stabilise a situation unhinged at least in part by our own

Two things tend to happen without fail at this time of year: the holiday season draws to a close – and young people everywhere receive their much anticipated exam results.

It seems a common refrain that modern life is busier and more hectic than ever – and this can feel especially true on the first day back at work after a Bank Holiday.

After Australia passed a first-of-its-kind law in 2012 mandating that all cigarettes be sold in plain brown packaging free of branding, UK health secretary Jeremy Hunt vowed to keep a close eye on the Australian law’s progress before introducing s

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) recently released a monograph by Roger Koppl about the Great Recession (and the theory of recessions and recoveries more generally).  Titled

Want to annoy your boss? Why wouldn’t you?

Lots of reasons were bandied about yesterday as to why, despite an overwhelmingly positive set of results, Quindell’s shares were still hurting.

COMPANIES claim all the time that “people are our greatest asset”, and that they invest in their employees. However, this may simply be marketing spin – instead, the firm’s true objective is to maximise profit.

Look who’s back. Tomorrow night Peter Capaldi, formerly swear-master Malcolm Tucker from The Thick of It, takes his place at the Tardis console.

WHETHER you have a son or daughter who has been nervously awaiting their exam results or you’re a high-tech manufacturer hoping to add to your pool of skilled technicians, we all want young people to get the chance to fulfil their potential – not

Jennifer McKeown, senior European economist at Capital Economics, says Yes.

Pope Francis visited Seoul, South Korea last Saturday, where he urged wealthy nations to “hear the cry of the poor” and resist the “allure of materialism.” The condemnation of capitalism and inequality has been a common theme for Francis since his

ANTHONY Gutman, the Goldman Sachs banker, is something of a high-flyer. Having worked on several of the biggest deals of 2014, his summer job has been to advise Balfour Beatty over the proposed merger with Carillion.

When Scottish voters go to the polls in their independence referendum next month, they may ultimately make their decision on the basis of a single question: if we voted Yes, what currency would we use?

THE ANGRY reaction to this week’s announcement of inflation-beating fare rises shows just how little the current train franchise system has succeeded in winning the hearts and minds of travellers.

THE appalling decapitation of American journalist James Foley, apparently by a British member of the Islamic State (IS), is a shocking development in an already tragic conflict.

Sam Alderson, an economist at the Centre for Economic and Business Research, says Yes.

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.