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News

UK public wants parliamentary Budgets balanced

Most UK adults want government to balance budgets over five years or less

17 Mar 2014

FD weather by Bill McConkey

Opinion

Year starts on an early bright note for the economy

If it is ‘the economy, stupid', the chancellor has got his timing spot on

16 Jan 2014

News

AS2013: Business rates don’t go far enough

Business rates will be capped and relief given to SME in Autumn Statement

05 Dec 2013

Opinion

House inflation fears overdone

The chancellor’s scheme to help house buyers has created nervousness about housing market overheating

11 Oct 2013

Opinion

GDP figures herald a change in the economic weather

Although not mirroring the blistering sunshine of recent weeks, the UK economy has moved from cold to warm

16 Aug 2013

Opinion

Celebrations over 0.3% growth are premature

Positive growth is to be welcomed but relief over 0.3% growth is overdone and focuses on the wrong issue

14 Jun 2013

Feature

Taxing it to the competition: How tax competitive the UK really is

Britain has the most competitive corporation tax regime in the G20. But is it so attractive when other forms of taxation are increasing? asks Calum Fuller

23 Apr 2013

Opinion

The new Guv'nor at the Bank of England

The government is looking to monetary policy, giving a change at the Bank of England greater significance

19 Apr 2013

Opinion

The Secret FD is tired of the Budget

The chancellor's Budget has usually been more of a chore and a bore for the Secret FD

19 Apr 2013

Opinion

Juice left in economic policy despite triple-A downgrade

The UK’s rating downgrade is a long way from being Osborne’s 1992 Norman Lamont and the ERM moment

21 Mar 2013

News

Budget 2013: Tax reliefs tap into entrepreneurial spirit

Osborne announces series of measures aimed at encouraging growth in SME sector

20 Mar 2013

Opinion

Budget 2013: Dour or defining? Or both?

Calum Fuller takes a look at the likely comings and goings in this week's 2013 Budget

20 Mar 2013

Opinion

Economic sentiment is a matter of perspective

Talking the economy up has become more fashionable, but pessimism comes easier than optimism

30 Jan 2013

Analysis

AS2012: Early Christmas present for business as CT cut

UK businesses were handed a welcome early Christmas present after the chancellor announced an unexpected 1% cut to corporation tax in the Autumn Statement

05 Dec 2012

News

Chancellor to scrap Carbon Reduction Commitment

Osborne expected to replace a controversial environmental tax and reporting system with something less complex

03 Dec 2012

News

Osborne told to keep hands off pension tax

NAPF warns against cutting the maximum amount of annual pension contribution that is exempt from tax

03 Dec 2012

News

Osborne unlikely to turn tax upside-down in Autumn Statement

Tax avoidance will be high up George Osborne's agenda, with the incoming general anti-abuse rule expected to be unveiled

24 Nov 2012

Analysis

A Budget for business

Osborne said the government ‘unashamedly backs business’ but did the Budget deliver on his claim?

26 Mar 2012

Analysis

G20 to co-operate on tax avoidance

International efforts to combat tax avoidance by multinationals are underway, with the chancellor and OECD pledging action, writes Calum Fuller

23 Feb 2012

Opinion

Beware the fiscal crash

Weak growth trends threaten to undermine the objective of putting the public sector back on a sustainable footing

06 Jan 2012

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Latest Opinion

Leader: Reporting watchdog needs sharper teeth

The FRC must be granted powers to compel companies to give it access to internal documents, rather than the voluntary basis that currently exists

Implications from Scotland's ‘No' stretch far beyond the UK

With uncertainty over Scotland's future removed, the Bank of England can think more clearly about the timing of the first policy tightening

Macro View: Soaring US dollar could unleash nasty global tremors

If upward pressures on the dollar escalate, its strength could become malignant and the blessing could become a curse

Latest Analysis

FRC reaches compromise rather than consensus over going concern

The certainty investors are looking for may still elude them under revised going concern guidance

Tesco's fall from grace compounded by accounting blunder

Tesco's accounting debacle has set the supermarket back a long way, but does it have the wherewithal to bounce back? asks Chris Warmoll

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