As growth fizzles out, it’s as if the last 10 years never happened

Flaws in the global economy that led to the 2008 financial crisis were papered over rather than dealt withLast week marked the 10th anniversary of the London G20 summit, an event that took place at the low point in the deepest slump since the 1930s, ye…

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Raft of woeful forecasts spells an end to Trump’s economic bragging rights

The prospect of trade war with China has receded, but so have hopes of the US economy continuing its 2018 growth ratesThere was a sense of relief across global financial markets this weekend after the hardliners among Donald Trump’s trade negotiators a…

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As government flounders, investors find a way to curb executive pay

An unlikely hero – the Investment Association – is wading into pension inequality with a simple, compelling propositionWhen the former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Fred Goodwin reluctantly agreed, in the wake of the bank’s collapse and nationalisation, …

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Hammond could and should have ended his crippling freeze on benefits

Of course Brexit creates uncertainties. But the chancellor has funds available now to fulfil the pledge to end austerityLow-income families will be hit hard in April by government spending cuts and tax rises. Philip Hammond might have considered the do…

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Help to buy has had its day. Time to tax the builders and close the scheme

Osborne’s plan to assist first-time buyers has created colossal windfall profits. The Treasury deserves some of that moneyIf the major banks – rather than housebuilders – were the chief beneficiaries of the government’s help-to-buy scheme, the financia…

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Fairtrade was going to save the world: now consumers fight to keep it going

Supermarkets now largely set their own ‘ethical’ production standards, and only a few big employers follow Fairtrade principles. So consumers must vote with their pursesWhen, in 2017, Sainsbury’s announced that it was planning to develop its own “fairl…

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