Stop focusing on triple dips. Anaemic growth is just as bad
By Alex Hern - 26 February 11:14

Welcome to stagnation. It's not a nice place to be.

Victory for Abenomics as Japan's maverick PM gets his pick of governor
By Alex Hern - 25 February 17:06

Haruhiko Kuroda is expected to be the new governor of the Bank of Japan.

New Statesman
With every fare rise and fee increase, the government decides to defy the inflation hawks
By Alex Hern - 25 February 11:29

This year and next, a full 0.6pp of inflation will be because of direct government decisions.

Biosecurity agency cut by Labour experiences 1000 per cent increase in workload
By Alex Hern - 25 February 10:29

The Tree Health Diagnostic and Advisory Service has experienced over 4000 calls in the last six months about the chalara outbreak.

The condensed Moody's downgrade
By Alex Hern - 23 February 10:43

What does the rating agency say about Britain?

What does a latte tell us about currencies? Very little, actually
By Alex Hern - 22 February 15:32

Purchasing power parity is not the same as the Big Mac Index.

Growth doesn't just mean using more resources. It also means using less
By Alex Hern - 22 February 12:18

If you can do something for one ten-thousandth the cost it used to be, you'll feel pretty rich.

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.

EU carbon permit scheme gets a sticking-plaster fix
By Alex Hern - 20 February 9:40

Permits to be backloaded, constraining supply.

4G auction raises £1bn less than expected
By Alex Hern - 20 February 7:19

£3.5bn has been pre-spent; just £2.35bn will be arriving in the coffers.

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.

Japan: "We'd never buy foreign bonds (we might buy foreign bonds)"
By Alex Hern - 19 February 8:05

Abe puts the squeeze on the BoJ.

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

Business quote of the day: "Companies would get round it"
By Helen Roxburgh - 18 February 12:45

KPMG has little time for the Chancellor's plans to clamp down on tax avoidance.

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?

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