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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.

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.