To critics business rates are complex, unfair and produce perverse incentives - to others they offer the guarantee of stable and fixed costs. If reform is coming, what should it look like? The New Statesman brought some leading voices together to find out.
Felix Martin discusses Flash Boys by the American financial writer Michael Lewis, which examines high-frequency trading (HFT).
Today’s bankers have replaced the excesses of the 1980s with Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations.
An open letter to outgoing chief executive Euan Sutherland.
Trust in banks and businesses has was severely hampered by the financial crisis - and has yet to recover. The mistrust cuts both ways. How can we expect a recovery without support for business from politicians and the public?
How much is it said to be worth?
Gordon Brown, as Chancellor in the UK, and the Federal Reserve’s Alan Greenspan, notably, violated Minsky’s ideas - what will the new twin peaks of global finance do differently?
No frills finance is taking off - and while many have an opinion on allocated seating, printing your own boarding pass and paying for food on-board, the model remains simple but thrilling.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is right to urge professional standards among bankers. The industry requires social, as well as regulatory capital, in order to recover some esteem.
Despite the clear political will for the UK to become an Islamic finance hub, there are steep political challenges ahead.
There is good evidence to show that banks, stuffed with cash, are helping feed the rising stock markets.
What is the Bank of England’s forecast for growth figures?
MasterCard and Visa have already entered the country, together with multinationals such as Nestle, CocaCola, Uniliver, Total and Suzuki.
With global Islamic investments expected to hit over £1.3 trillion next year, and Islamic finance accounting for only 1 per cent of all global finance the UK Government is right to identify Islamic finance as a key growth area.
Yellen is a distinguished academic, especially known for her work on unemployment. She has even written about out-of-wedlock child-rearing, gang behaviour and the brain drain; she cares about the real world and her work involves careful analysis of behavi
Consequences of the shutdown.
The "Fear Index" is languishing at 17.
Let's not get too comfortable though, writes Douglas Blakey.
Ten things to expect.
It's not about fairness, it's about the economy, stupid.
Blue skies are coming.
The debt ceiling debate is far more important.
In whipping itself into a frenzy over Miliband’s plan to freeze energy prices, the right has turned a blind eye to mounting revulsion over private firms.
How big were the shortfalls?
A real ethical alternative?
But do they protest too much?
Lloyds TSB re-brand 600 stores.