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Bitcoins seized by US government agency
By Alex Hern - 24 June 12:44

The DEA has seized $800 worth of Bitcoins in an unprecedented move.

A woman cycles past the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland
The central bankers' central bank: a new banking crisis?
By Alex Hern - 24 June 10:33

But should the BIS be listened to at all?

GM foods: it's all about the economics
By Alex Hern - 21 June 16:26

The real concern about GM is that it extends intellectual property protection into our fields.

Mervyn King gets his life peerage and a lollipop, the rest of us get more misery
By Alex Andreou - 21 June 12:05

The newly ennobled Mervyn King blames “a collective lack of imagination” for the financial crisis. We, all of us, failed to see the iceberg. The only problem is that most of us were in the engine room shovelling coal.

Mark Carney: The George Clooney of finance
By Alex Brummer - 20 June 9:04

The new governor of the Bank of England, the Canadian Mark Carney, has been hailed as the saviour of the British economy. But who is he – and is his record that good?

Colonialism isn't the best answer to tax dodging
By Alex Hern - 19 June 17:15

Party like it's 1799.

Reading the G8 communique: did we win?
By Adrian Lovett - 19 June 11:48

When the difference between "for example" and "including" means the world.

The secret plan to raise the price of student finance hints the government wants to privatise loans
By Alex Hern - 18 June 18:05

Deferred gratification is not this lot's strong point.

Who does early access to sensitive data really hurt?
By Alex Hern - 18 June 15:22

Masters of the Universe, or dummies?

Checking the Telegraph's wind-farm front page
By Alex Hern - 18 June 12:53

Do we really subsidise each wind farm job for £100,000?

Landlords have evolved, but the rules protecting renters are stuck in the past
By Tom Copley - 17 June 16:32

The private rented sector has fundamentally changed over the past decade; yet the rules governing how it functions are rooted in the late 1980s.

Basic income versus the robots
By Alex Hern - 17 June 14:32

An economic all-stars match-up.

Household finances at their least worst for 53 months
By Alex Hern - 17 June 10:53

A good news/bad news moment.

A man holds up an ancient banknote.
Money by Felix Martin: Exposing the flaws in the way we think about money
By Alex Brummer - 15 June 12:00

A fresh addition to the growing library of "recession lit": one which delves into anthropology and ancient history to argue we will never understand the financial crisis with our current misguided perspective on money.

Terraced houses.
The poor are still paying more for basic utilities and financial services
By Katie Schmuecker - 15 June 10:25

Payment structures and price plans in utilities and financial services continue to inflict higher costs on the poorest in society. Regulators and the government need to do more.

Firemen extinguish a burning car in Kista after riots in Swedish suburbs
The Swedish riots: What really happened?
By Liam McLaughlin - 14 June 14:59

Inequality, not immigration, was what sparked the unrest.

Workers can't pay the costs of zero-hour contracts
By Neil Lee - 14 June 13:50

It's naive to pretend there are no benefits, but too often only the employers get them.

It is in the UK's power to end tax havens
By Murray Worthy - 14 June 11:56

Cameron needs to lead on tax dodging, because he has the power to stop it.

Leader: Don’t bet the bank on Mark Carney
By New Statesman - 14 June 11:32

Until the government marries monetary activism with fiscal activism, Britain will not have a recovery worthy of the name.

Spot the difference: pensions vs student loans
By Alex Hern - 14 June 9:29

It's only OK to retroactively change a deal when it affects young people.

Mandelson’s lizard, in bed with Michael Douglas, and sponsoring the Tube
By Peter Wilby - 13 June 12:03

Peter Wilby's "First Thoughts" column.

There is no longer a "jobs puzzle": Britain's labour market improvement has stagnated
By Alex Hern - 13 June 11:15

Unemployment has stalled – and other statistics are even worse.

The government needs to stop ignoring the social disaster of women deserts
By Declan Gaffney - 12 June 14:59

The Centre for Applied Data Torture reports.

If the Government's ruining law, the solution is not more Government
By Preston Byrne - 12 June 12:46

More lawyers should be hired directly by the state; but the rest should get used to living without legal aid, writes Preston Byrne.

Should the White House crack down on patent trolls, or on patents?
By Alex Hern - 12 June 10:21

That patents boost innovation is received wisdom, but it might not be true.

Liverpool docklands.
Militant Liverpool by Diane Frost and Peter North: The secret of a revival - we stopped feeling sorry for ourselves
By Chris Mullin - 07 June 12:00

In recent years, with the help of a substantial capital injection from the EU, Liverpool has undergone a long-overdue renaissance. A friend of mine once asked the city’s former Anglican bishop David Sheppard how he explained the revival, to which Sheppard

A house on a new estate.
Broke by David Boyle and When the Money Runs Out by Stephen D King: The broken mirror of money
By Bryan Appleyard - 07 June 11:45

Finance, like fiction, needs a narrative. Money being a belief system - it is always possible to believe our way out of a crisis.

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