Credit cards are obsolete. Is consumer debt heading the same way?
By Alex Hern - 22 February 11:02

The technological history of credit.

New Statesman
Inflation is worst for the worse off
By Alex Hern - 22 February 8:40

"Essentials" increased in price by far more than the CPI last year.

How austerity was based on market panic
By Alex Hern - 21 February 15:52

Markets were full of fear. When that receded, so did the bond spreads.

Oh, for the casual potency of a Fed policymaker
By Martha Gill - 21 February 14:23

Making off-hand remarks with the coiled power of a jungle cat.

Public sector borrowing on course to overshoot OBR projections by £11bn
By Alex Hern - 21 February 12:29

ONS reports a stronger January than last year, but the trend remains poor.

China proposes introducing a carbon tax
By Alex Hern - 21 February 8:28

The developing world takes the lead in fighting climate change.

Good news on the jobs front, but why is the Youth Contract not working?
By Spencer Thompson - 20 February 13:57

A year on from its launch, the Youth Contract looks feeble in comparison to the problem it is trying to solve. It's time for a jobs guarantee.

Now that gold is losing value, hopefully we can put the "Brown's bottom" myth to bed
By Alex Hern - 20 February 13:20

Should the Chancellor really be a day trader?

New Statesman
Unemployment is down, but so are real wages
By Alex Hern - 20 February 10:18

Mixed news in the ONS release.

Work Programme providers plead poverty
By Alex Hern - 19 February 12:45

Don't hate the small charity players, hate the large corporate game.

Is tax Britain’s problem? No – it’s housing
By Tim Wigmore - 19 February 10:25

In obsessing over the mansion tax we risk ignoring the real issue.

Google faces EU crackdown over privacy violations
By Alex Hern - 19 February 9:24

January 2012's privacy policy comes under fire.

How Paypal robs the Bank of England
By Alex Hern - 18 February 16:07

Digital currencies might start creating a sticky situation for central banks.

Osborne takes the first step on tax avoidance. Now for the rest…
By Salman Shaheen - 18 February 14:23

The chancellor's GAAR should help ensure tax justice. But it's only a start, writes Salman Shaheen

How the mansion tax will work, and who it will hit
By Alex Hern - 18 February 10:58

If you're planning to own a mansion in the future, the tax isn't as bad as it seems…

Cameron sells Britain to the Indians
By Alex Hern - 18 February 10:01

The PM softens his stance on immigration to encourage more skilled migrants from the subcontinent.

EU nears cap on banker bonuses, as Osborne holds out
By Alex Hern - 18 February 8:28

The UK is one of just three countries opposed to the cap.

The missing dimension of poverty: stigma
By Declan Gaffney - 15 February 17:28

The experience of the social stigma around poverty is real, measurable and crucial.

Million Jobs: The group with links to IDS's think tank which is defending workfare
By Alex Hern - 15 February 16:37

Is workfare actually supported by the young or just the young Conservatives?

Miliband, Obama & "middle-out economics"
By Heather Boushey - 15 February 12:25

The Labour leader follows the President in growing the economy from the middle classes.

New Statesman
Miliband's promise to clamp down on payday loans is a good first step
By Carl Packman - 15 February 11:34

The start of a One Nation economy

Retail sales drop year-on-year
By Alex Hern - 15 February 11:13

Corrugated bottom approaches.

New York Times hits back at Tesla Motors over fakery accusations
By Alex Hern - 15 February 10:23

"His broadest charge is that I consciously set out to sabotage the test. That is not so."

Did the NYT fake a breakdown of an electric car?
By Alex Hern - 14 February 15:46

Incongruities revealed in the logs.

It's a (sigh) Valentine's Day massacre
By Alex Hern - 14 February 13:44

GDP down worldwide.

"Brown's mistake" has already been reversed
By Alex Hern - 14 February 12:10

The personal allowance has grown to undo any losses the abolition of the 10p rate inflicted.

The government's "patent box" is the tax avoidance package companies have been begging for
By Tony McKenna - 13 February 13:07

It might incentivise innovation, but it definitely incentivises paying far less tax.

MPC prepared to overlook "period of above-target inflation"
By Alex Hern - 13 February 12:15

Bank of England dashes hopes of the inflation hawks.

G7shambles continues
By Alex Hern - 13 February 11:12

G7 <strike>attempts</strike> <strike>desperately scrambles</strike> utterly fails to find unity.

People are dying of cancer because they are worried about inconveniencing their doctor
By Alex Hern - 12 February 15:55

There's low-hanging fruit in medicine yet.