Financing the favelas: a shanty town in São Paulo. Photo: Getty
Start-up finance and the Brazilian favelas
By Claire Rigby - 10 April 17:39

The country has embraced e-commerce since a series of tax reforms in the Noughties, despite stifling bureaucracy.

City of London.
UK businesses have plenty of cash to spare, and they're spending it on the young
By Stewart Cowley - 01 April 12:12

Companies are starting to use their cash balances in at least one useful way, to provide training programmes for able young people as an alternative to university.

Sponsored post: Creative ingenuity, the building block for entrepreneurial success
By admin - 14 March 17:59

Salford Business School: Celebrating the creative ingenuity of our SMEs.

Leonardo DiCaprio in the Wolf of Wall Street (Photo: Universal)
Far from the Wolf of Wall Street: how did young people become so risk averse?
By Alice Robb - 13 March 10:00

Today’s bankers have replaced the excesses of the 1980s with Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations.

An open letter to outgoing CEO Euan Sutherland.
The Co-operative needs to set a higher standard
By Rowenna Davis - 12 March 15:22

An open letter to outgoing chief executive Euan Sutherland.

The City.
A lack of trust: addressing the "trust deficit" facing UK businesses
By Nigel Knowles - 05 March 11:46

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?

Business.
Why gender diversity is about more than equality
By Carl Sjostrom - 04 March 11:12

A recent 12-country study of 393 companies found that women are still largely outnumbered in the non-executive director community, but found that the gender mix is improving.

Supreme Court.
The Ray Tooth and Ayesha Vardag debacle proves there really is such a thing as bad publicity
By Mark Nayler - 03 March 13:10

Tooth, a 73-year-old veteran of divorce law, accused his former protégée Vardag of trying to pinch celebrity clients from him, and set about him in astonishing fashion.

Kiev.
Investors hesitate as Ukraine teeters on the precipice
By Elizabeth Stephens - 26 February 10:55

In recent days Ukrainian bonds suffered the worst selloff on record and the stock index fell 2.8 per cent

Justin King.
After Justin King, Satya Nadella and Tim Cook, business needs leaders who will embrace risk, and welcome change
By James Petter - 24 February 10:39

Whether through regulation, market consolidation or new technology, businesses are being forced into rapid change, in order to keep or grow their market position.

Miners.
Underground epidemic: the tuberculosis crisis in South Africa's gold mines
By Heidi Vella - 18 February 10:33

South Africa's gold mining industry has suffered a number of setbacks in recent years. Repeated union strikes have resulted in bloody clashes between workers and police. Economic pressure has increased after a recent fall in the price of gold.

David Cameron takes a leaf out of Salmond's book and speaks to the heart, not the head
By Stewart Cowley - 14 February 11:32

Britain's muted but certain recovery is bad news for Alex Salmond. David Cameron seems to have learned from the Scottish First Minister, appealing to the heart, not the head.

How can businesses guard against the floods?
By Keith Tilley - 14 February 11:03

The weather has always been a topic of concern for us Brits, yet we seem powerless when it comes to preparing for it.

Britain could have much to learn from Germany. Photo: Jochen Zick-Pool/Getty Ima
A small question of confidence
By Giulia Cambieri - 12 February 14:14

Much needs to be done, especially when it comes to access to credit.

The future of health, wellbeing and sustainability
By Jonathon Porritt - 12 February 10:43

Any take on sustainability that doesn’t have health and social care close to its heart probably isn’t worth taking seriously.

At the US Federal Reserve, when is a threshold not a threshold? When it's an embarrassment
By Nick Beecroft - 11 February 13:17

The Federal Open Market Committee is keen to hold fund rates in spite of falling unemployment. It's the first act of a newer, stricter committee.

Applauding the return to economic growth is like celebrating the release of an innocent prisoner
By Dom Boyle - 10 February 16:46

Nobody doubted a return to growth under austerity was possible - but all the evidence suggests it has been hampered by George Osborne's radically anti-stimulus position.

Six questions answered on Centrica's share price fall after suggestions British Gas could be broken-up
By Heidi Vella - 10 February 12:36

Why is Ed Davey investigating British Gas’s profit margins?

Teachers are itching for a research-based approach - why don't we give it to them?
By Tony McAleavy - 07 February 17:42

There is a thriving social media community of teachers interested in the exchange of ideas about classroom effectiveness.

While Ukraine's political situation remains uncertain, its economy teeters on the brink
By Elizabeth Stephens - 07 February 15:50

If the political instability is not reined in soon enough, the currency will spiral out of control.

Strike or no strike, the Mayor of London needs more power
By Alexander Jan - 07 February 15:01

Greater fiscal freedom would allow the mayor to champion properly the interests of hard-pressed commuters and be held accountable for delivery.

Five questions answered on Bombardier’s contract to provide trains for Crossrail
By Heidi Vella - 07 February 12:51

How much is the Bombardier-Crossrail contract worth?

The 50p tax isn't going to greatly enrich the treasury - but private pensions will
By Stewart Cowley - 05 February 11:08

Ed Balls's 50p tax is nothing but theatrical politics - pay close attention to the Lifetime Allowance, the cap on pension funds, which has already been lowered and most likely will be again.

Economic progress won't delay the need to reform the legal services industry
By Nigel Knowles - 04 February 16:47

There are many systemic problems in the sector - too many lawyers, too many firms - and the financial upheaval of the past 5 years has done little to slow things down.

Consumers have accepted advertising online, but targeted mobile ads? Not so much
By Rupert Staines - 04 February 15:28

Mobile advertising has up to now relied upon massive campaigns with poor results. There is a belief you cannot intelligently advertise on mobile, but now more than ever, this is simply untrue.

Five questions answered on Lloyds’ announcement on increasing PPI provisions
By Heidi Vella - 04 February 13:01

Will it affect the groups’ profits?

Five questions answered on longest real wages drop for 50 years
By Heidi Vella - 31 January 13:42

How long have real wages been dropping?

Five questions answered on David Cameron’s pledge to reduce red tape for small businesses
By Heidi Vella - 27 January 13:24

Which rules and regulations does Cameron intend to amend or scrap?

Winners and losers: who took a step towards a sustainable future at Davos?
By Sally Uren - 27 January 13:10

One reason why Davos won’t deliver all our dreams is that there isn’t an honest enough conversation about winners and losers. Here are three of the best, and three of the worst types of people at the World Economic Forum.

Will the MINT countries become the best place in the world to become a millionaire?
By Oliver Williams - 24 January 17:32

Economist Jim O'Neil has grouped Mexico, India, Nigeria and Turkey together as the economies most likely to explode over the next decade. But there are lessons to be learned from the BRICs - a rising tide does not lift all boats.

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