If you thought Ryan's fiscal policy was bad, wait til you see his monetary policy
By Alex Hern - 14 August 12:29

"Sound money", raising interest rates and Ayn Rand: he's got it all.

Privatisation slows down worldwide
By Alex Hern - 13 August 14:30

Has the money lost heart, or is it the bureaucrats?

Paul Ryan is the Republicans' "ideas man". Shame his ideas are nonsense
By Alex Hern - 13 August 9:49

To achieve his plan, Ryan would have to enact spending cuts which are "beyond draconian".

The economics of spam
By Alex Hern - 10 August 15:46

Junk emails cost $20bn a year. Not just an irritation.

FRED imports EU inflation data; stats nerds jump for joy, start charting things
By Alex Hern - 10 August 11:32

French healthcare inflation vs US healthcare inflation! Beer inflation! Spanish inflation!

France also introduced a financial non-transactions tax last month
By Alex Hern - 09 August 12:05

It's not just a 0.2 per cent Robin Hood tax which Hollande introduced.

New Statesman
Are ISPs the problem or the solution to getting broader broadband?
By Sara Kelly - 08 August 15:57

We need fast broadband, and we need it everywhere. But is it harder to do with one company controlling a third of the market?

Cayman Islands scrap planned income tax
By Alex Hern - 08 August 14:57

Tax haven remains tax haven.

Time to complicate things
By Adam Lent and Greg Fisher - 08 August 13:49

If we stop trying to simplify our economic models, we can improve policy.

America's unsustainable universities
By Alex Hern - 08 August 9:24

When 15 per cent of graduates default in three years, there's problems with a system.

Goldman Sachs gets into social impact bonds - but what are they?
By Ryan Shorthouse - 07 August 15:10

Ryan Shorthouse of the Social Market Foundation explains the reasoning behind social impact bonds.

Tories may be wrong on national debt, but some are right on personal debt
By Carl Packman - 07 August 14:09

The Bright Blue conference revealed some allies in the fight against the payday lenders

GIF of the day: Skynet is in your stock exchanges, taking your money
By Alex Hern - 07 August 12:47

High frequency trading has experienced a boom in the last five years. What next?

Standard Chartered accused of over $250bn of illegal transactions to Iran
By Alex Hern - 07 August 8:15

"You fucking Americans. Who are you to tell us, the rest of the world, that we’re not going to deal with Iranians?"

Broom rat. Photograph by Infrogmation/CC-BY-SA
One year after the 2011 England Riots, what do we know?
By The Equality Trust - 07 August 7:32

The Equality Trust presents their digest of the causes of the riots.

A Robin Hood Tax will stop the machines wiping out the market
By Jon Slater - 06 August 13:21

A small tax on each transaction will stop pointless yet risky high-frequency trading.

The bank run by Indian street children
By Alex Hern - 03 August 10:37

The Children's Development Khazana helps Indian street kids guard their money.

The Dark Knight Capital Rises
By Alex Hern - 03 August 9:49

Knight Capital lost $10m a minute. Bane could learn a thing or two.

Revealed: where Vince Cable got his RBS plan from
By Alex Hern - 03 August 8:42

The problem is, he isn't really following it to the letter.

Will the ECB carry on bullying governments into doing what it wants?
By Alex Hern - 02 August 11:04

The central bank sees the merit of the carrot and the stick. Democracy? Not so much.

Today in "war on the young" news: Japan, monetary policy, and deflation
By Alex Hern - 01 August 10:38

The strong yen helps the elderly in Japan at the expense of everyone else.

High-interest lenders move on from paydays
By Carl Packman - 31 July 14:18

"Payday loan" companies are starting to branch out to much longer terms

Word of the day: Hysteresis
By Alex Hern - 31 July 13:00

Too long in a slump, and the slump starts to get permanent.

This chart shows the average yield on Aaa rated corporate bonds.
The reverse-sovereign-debt-crisis hits businesses, too
By Alex Hern - 31 July 11:37

Now Unilever and Texas Instruments are the new safe havens.

Wage stagnation in the US: more than meets the eye
By Alex Hern - 30 July 15:45

If you can, always look below the surface of data.

Olympics bounce: Cameron may be wrong to play down his chances
By Alex Hern - 30 July 8:26

Rule one of politics: never assume people are "sensible".

Douchebag Twitter.
Twitter fires first shots against Instagram/Facebook
By Alex Hern - 27 July 12:00

The Great Network Wars of 2012 have begun.

New medicines are, unsurprisingly, a really good thing
By Alex Hern - 27 July 10:50

So let's have more of them.

New Statesman
Playing the eurozone blame game shows the extent of Osborne's failure
By Ben Fox - 27 July 10:47

The longer the coalition remains in denial, the longer it will take for Britain to recover from its economic depression.