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Macro Economics

A view of the City of London

Opinion

Markets ignoring warning signs at their peril

Even if a new European conflict involving Russia can be avoided, the global recovery is facing serious challenges

24 Mar 2014

Boat in China

Opinion

Markets worried about China's slowdown

Nervousness has been linked to Federal Reserve tapering and signs that Chinese growth is slowing. But this is unlikely to produce a market rout

26 Feb 2014

Opinion

Business be wary, despite positive indicators

Conflicting stats cast doubts over the economic recovery, so mind your back, says John Alexander

19 Feb 2014

News

Ex-FSA chairman Turner warns UK economy is like 90s Japan

Lord Turner warns that the same old problems before the financial crisis are rearing their ugly heads

11 Feb 2014

Opinion

Northgate FD drives home centralisation

Chris Muir, FD of vehicle hire business Northgate, discusses centralisation, rebranding and the patience and honesty required to make such difficult tasks a success

28 Jan 2014

News

Dennis Turner: 1946-2014

Financial Director is extremely saddened to hear of the death of former HSBC economist Dennis Turner

27 Jan 2014

News

Cautious start to New Year as risks are still lurking

2014 may prove a bumpier year than many now anticipate, and making money will be more difficult in 2014 than in 2013

16 Jan 2014

Interview

Hostage to fortune: FD predictions for 2014

Financial Director asks five UK FDs what lessons they have learnt in the past year – and what they expect from the next 12 months

25 Nov 2013

Feature

Economic growth on the cards for 2014

Economists are in agreement that growth is on the cards for the economy, but it is not expected to be without hitches, writes Rachael Singh

25 Nov 2013

Opinion

Deceptive eurozone calm foreshadows new storms

ECB success produced complacency, and politicians failed to introduce vital but painful reforms

25 Nov 2013

Opinion

Washington paralysis key factor in tapering postponement

By bailing out the politicians from the consequences of their folly, the Federal Reserve may fail to do its own job properly

30 Oct 2013

Opinion

Markets and central banks collide over forward guidance

Markets predict a much earlier date for official rates to start increasing than that suggested by central banks

13 Sep 2013

Opinion

Cheerful markets underpinned by subsiding fears

Turmoil that greeted Fed plans to scale down asset purchases has subsided without causing too much damage

16 Aug 2013

Opinion

Bernanke unleashes turmoil on markets with tapering plan

In spite of the turmoil unleashed by the Federal Reserve, global optimism persists and equity markets remain strong

11 Jul 2013

Opinion

Investors unnerved by uncertainties over Fed bond policy

Differences of view on the Federal Reserve’s policy-making committee have unsettled investors, and the negative ripple effects have been felt globally

14 Jun 2013

Opinion

Tough conditions provide FDs with well-earned scars

Tough economic conditions aren’t fun, but lessons learned will stand young finance personnel in good stead

23 Apr 2013

Opinion

Japan’s experiment could lead to salvation or disaster

Long-term impact of radical policy change to accelerate the pace of global money creation could be far-reaching

19 Apr 2013

Opinion

Currency wars require tactical approach

With the ‘currency wars' set to continue anyone involved in managing international payments would be well advised to start looking at currency matters more strategically

03 Apr 2013

Opinion

Markets cannot defy the economic realities indefinitely

Markets are upbeat about central bank support but the hard reality remains that the world economy is facing serious obstacles to a sustainable recovery

27 Mar 2013

Blog

Cyprus rejection sends EU back to the drawing board

If any EU nation comes "cap in hand" for a bailout from the ECB they will met with strict terms and conditions; with consequences for the euro

21 Mar 2013

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Mark Lewis explains the lessons learned in coping with the floods at a key time of year for customers

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Tesco turmoil deepens as embattled FD departs

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Crowd control the focus of new funding rules

New crowdfunding rules will improve access to finance through schemes like EIS, writes Matthew Phillips

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