Hundred-thousand dollar Kickstarter cancelled amid threats and anger
By Alex Hern - 26 July 14:25

Do we have to get used to the occasional failure?

Would Justin Welby be embarrassed to own shares in my bank?
By Alex Hern - 26 July 11:20

The financial sector as a whole isn't the most salubrious industry to be in.

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A financial transactions tax just makes good business sense for Britain
By Jon Slater - 25 July 16:20

Rather than refusing it to rebuild our casino banks, we should create something new and better.

If you own a house, good news! If you don't, you may want to go read about kittens for a bit
By Alex Hern - 25 July 16:09

House prices are set to rise by almost 20% in the next five years.

Can Danny Alexander get banks lending?
By Carl Packman - 25 July 14:12

Information isn't enough, writes Carl Packman. Financial institutions need to know about their obligations.

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More people than ever before are renting privately. The Government needs to take notice
By Ben Pattison - 24 July 11:55

Housing policy has been slow to respond to the dramatic growth in private renting. That has to change.

Has Amazon decided it's time to start making a profit?
By Alex Hern - 24 July 10:40

The company has raised prices for small-press books and introduced delivery fees.

The government's work programme doesn't look well administered
By Alex Hern - 23 July 13:52

An underspend isn't always good news.

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"Rise of the robots": about intellectual property as well as machines
By Alex Hern - 23 July 12:25

What do you do if an algorithm takes your job?

An insight into the weaponised behavioural economics of free-to-play games
By Alex Hern - 22 July 17:47

"Coercive monetisation". Now there's a sinister phrase.

By crushing emissions, the recession is saving our lives
By Colin Hay and Tony Payne - 22 July 13:08

If it weren't for the global slowdown, our planet would be in a far worse state than it already is.

Is red tape killing the recovery? Probably not, no
By Richard Exell and Alex Hern - 19 July 14:47

The idea that regulation is the problem is simplistic, overstated, and misapplied.

If fracking is just oil which needs tax breaks to compete, what's the point?
By Alex Hern - 19 July 13:19

If George Osborne likes expensive energy, at least renewables are carbon neutral.

Bad news for Osborne: borrowing is still rising
By George Eaton - 19 July 10:07

Despite no shortage of austerity, borrowing in June 2013 was £0.5bn higher than in the same month last year.

World Bank moves to limit funding for coal generation
By Alex Hern - 18 July 9:44

The Bank has shifted away from coal power, and is trying to encourage developing nations to do the same.

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The OBR's fiscal outlook in five charts
By Alex Hern - 17 July 16:01

The OBR looked at fiscal sustainability today. Here's what they found.

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Teaching economics teaches young people who to blame for their problems
By Michael Grimes - 17 July 15:07

No wonder Michael Gove wants to stop doing it.

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Mark Carney swings the MPC behind him
By Alex Hern - 17 July 11:44

Now can he get them to support forward guidance?

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Real wages down and unemployment stubbornly high, but could that be good news?
By Alex Hern - 17 July 10:13

Unemployment's fall has stopped, but that could signal a recovery in productivity.

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Serco's troubles spread to the US
By Alex Hern - 17 July 9:07

The company is facing questioning over an Obamacare contract thanks to its problems in the UK.

Uncertainty in the BRICS
By Colin Hay and Tony Payne - 16 July 12:13

The nature of today's economy is uncertainty, and nowhere is that more true than in developing nations.

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CPI increases, squeezing wages further
By Alex Hern - 16 July 10:10

Inflation up, real wages down.

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The map which explains why Boris Johnson wants to close Heathrow
By Alex Hern - 15 July 14:17

It must be political, because it certainly isn't economic.

The new industrial revolution: this time, it's different
By Alex Hern - 15 July 9:39

We've been here before, in the 19th century and the 1960s. Why's it different now?

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MPs are paid to fear inflation and not care about unemployment
By Alex Hern - 13 July 13:08

Want to know what an MP cares about? Look at their pay packet.

Finally - a bill that could actually do something to regulate the payday lending industry
By Carl Packman - 11 July 15:41

Blomfield's private members' bill includes measures to set new rules around the affordability of loans, payday loan advertising, debt collection and payment, debt support, and penalties for companies who fail to comply with existing regulator guidance.

Talk is cheap: why the gap between rhetoric and reality in the coalition’s infrastructure policy matters
By Julian Morgan - 10 July 12:34

Ministers should not be under any illusion that public spending on high carbon projects offers a quick economic fix.

UK Central: the West Midlands sets an example for the rest of the country to follow
By Jerome Frost - 09 July 9:57

A holistic approach to infrastructure will encourage growth.