Draghi, annotated
By Alex Hern - 05 April 11:34

What the ECB president was <em>really</em> thinking.

Facebook Home launches to eat Google's lunch
By Alex Hern - 05 April 9:15

The company has rolled out a replacement for the Android home screen.

Japan announces "quantitative and qualitative easing"
By Alex Hern - 04 April 12:23

¥135trn of government bonds will be bought by the central bank.

PMI week: UK headed for slight growth in Q1 2013
By Alex Hern - 04 April 10:42

Services sector saves the day.

Deutsche Bank alleged to have hid losses in 2007-09. Good?
By Alex Hern - 04 April 8:30

The effects of what's being alleged are far from simple.

Amid the fury, the closure of the social fund is a quiet tragedy
By Carl Packman - 03 April 12:35

This government, the most radical in recent times, is laughing at us, writes Carl Packman

What does it mean to make work pay?
By Helen Barnard - 03 April 10:42

Increasing the amount of better quality jobs in the UK is key to addressing low pay.

Iain Duncan Smith: "Been there, done that" on £53 a week. He hasn't
By Alex Hern - 03 April 8:27

IDS used the welfare state in his youth, and now he's pulling the ladder up behind him.

New Statesman
Bitcoin is in hyperdeflation
By Alex Hern - 02 April 13:01

Bubble or not, the underpinnings of Bitcoin pose problems to its use as a popular currency.

When copyright rules lead to wasted innovation
By Alex Hern - 02 April 11:42

Aereo is undoubtedly innovative. But it's a waste of effort nonetheless.

PMI week: Europe's getting wrecked
By Alex Hern - 02 April 10:11

If a rising tide floats all boats, then Europe is trapped in a whirlpool.

Government lays groundwork for slashing minimum wage
By Alex Hern - 02 April 8:49

The Government has instructed the Low Pay Commission to consider the impact of the minimum wage on “employment and the economy”.

Ben Bernanke
What should economists and policy makers learn from the financial crisis?
By Charlotte Simmonds - 31 March 9:22

Ben Bernanke, Mervyn King, Larry Summers, Olivier Blanchard and Axel A. Weber talk at the LSE about the lessons of the crash.

7 pictures of lonely journalists hoping for a Cypriot bank run
By Martha Gill - 28 March 9:27

The bank run probably won't happen, but capital controls might stay for a while.

Food stamps are just capital controls for poor people
By Alex Hern - 27 March 12:07

If you want to introduce higher prices for poor people, at least do it openly.

Growth estimate stays firm at -0.3 per cent
By Alex Hern - 27 March 10:07

Consumption increased by 0.4%.

New Statesman
The public sector deficit through the looking-glass
By Peter Kenway - 26 March 16:44

The government is ignoring the flip side of the its deficit reduction targets: they require us all to spend more.

New Statesman
Labour should beat George Osborne at his own game with a living wage employment allowance
By Nick Pecorelli - 25 March 15:44

Cutting the "jobs tax" was the best move the Chancellor made, but Labour should go further, writes Nick Pecorelli.

Cyprus is paying a painful price for bowing to international capital
By Tim Jones - 25 March 15:17

Being controlled by global financial interests does not benefit ordinary people, their economy or democracy, writes the Jubilee Debt Campaign's Tim Jones.

Capping benefits for migrants could serve to drive down wages for all
By Alex Hern - 25 March 11:46

Forcing migrants into whatever work's going will render exploitation a breeze.

New Statesman
Spain turns to Bitcoin, prompting incoherent discussion on Today
By Alex Hern - 22 March 13:20

There are problems with the currency. But not those problems.

Cyprus institutes capital controls
By Alex Hern - 22 March 10:10

The government of Cyprus has introduced draconian restrictions on capital to prevent a bank run and capital flight.

File this one away in the "we'll see" pile
By Alex Hern - 22 March 9:43

An exodus after the election?

Cyprus looks for plan B
By Alex Hern - 22 March 8:24

There is no plan B.

How to boost the debt without borrowing: spend on houses
By Alex Hern - 21 March 16:00

The Help to Buy program uses some nice accounting tweaks to get away with being deficit neutral.

From Russia with love, to Cyprus with cash
By Oliver Bullough - 21 March 9:34

Perhaps the Russian oligarchs’ days of hassle-free, tax-free, risk-free banking are finally over...

This Budget was Osborne's last hurrah – and now he can only hope for the good times
By David Blanchflower - 20 March 16:02

The coalition’s Plan B is now in full operation – crossing fingers and toes and hoping something will turn up.

New Statesman
Osborne's housing policy risks being sub-prime for Surrey
By Alex Hern - 20 March 15:51

Our housing market is overheating as it is. The last thing we need is a massive lending spree.