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Instead of schmoozing at City parties, this year I’m Sarah the Cook in panto

16 December 2017 9:00 am

Last Christmas I offered you a cruel satire about a boardroom big-shot whose career went so awry that he ended…

The skulking assassins of the London Stock Exchange

9 December 2017 9:00 am

The revenge tragedy at the London Stock Exchange whose plot I outlined last month has reached its third act, but…

A sensible Budget and stronger banks – what could go wrong?

2 December 2017 9:00 am

One week you’re fighting to survive the dance-off amid vicious backstage rivalries, the next you’re scoring a perfect ten from…

Dear Chancellor, we can’t make the bricks to build your homes

25 November 2017 9:00 am

The Chancellor sounded purposeful when he declared that he’ll do ‘whatever it takes’ to boost the rate of housebuilding —…

Armageddon is coming – how real-life employers are preparing for life under Corbyn

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Numerous readers told me they liked my recent tale — offered as an antidote to ‘media sniping at corporate capitalism’…

Yes, Jay Powell is the compromise candidate for the Federal Reserve – but not a bad one at that

11 November 2017 9:00 am

Perhaps we should be relieved that Donald Trump has made a dull appointment to succeed Janet Yellen as chairman of…

The City needs to make new friends but is becoming pals with Putin a step too far?

4 November 2017 9:00 am

In connection with the receding possibility of a London Stock Exchange listing for Saudi Aramco, I wrote that the City…

Up the Zambezi: why Rio Tinto’s colossal coal cock-up is going to court

28 October 2017 9:00 am

Another week, another blue-chip in the dock. The US Securities and Exchange Commission has brought fraud charges against London-based mining…

No, we’re not half a trillion poorer, but foreign investment looks shaky

21 October 2017 9:00 am

How did we mislay half a trillion pounds? Revised data from the Office for National Statistics has just reduced the…

Bombardier is not about UK-US trade; it’s about planemakers’ dirty tricks

14 October 2017 9:00 am

‘Bombardier exposes post-Brexit realities’ was the FT’s headline after the Trump administration imposed a 300 per cent tariff on sales…

Monarch was an airline from an earlier era – but were its owners to blame for its demise?

7 October 2017 9:00 am

Monarch Airlines was the ghost of an earlier age of holiday travel. When I used to see its planes lined…

Uber was the snowplough that cleared the path but its dominance will fade

30 September 2017 9:00 am

An Uber insider tells me not to write off the ride-hailing giant too soon, because it’s a very smart company…

Don’t get too excited about a November rate rise – we’ve been here before

23 September 2017 9:00 am

It is more than three years since Bank of England governor Mark Carney was accused by Labour MP and Treasury…

The City still leads the financial world, but it faces a fight on all fronts

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Should we place faith in a survey, conducted in June but published this week, that says London is still the…

The night David Tang maxed out his credit card

9 September 2017 9:00 am

Arguably it was Robert Peston’s breathless reporting of trouble at Northern Rock on the evening of 13 September 2007 that…

Hurricane Harvey is bigger news than the bankers at Jackson Hole

2 September 2017 9:00 am

In Houston last November I spent an evening at the city’s industrial-scale food bank, where I heard a presentation on…

The truth about Brexit? One professor’s guess is no better than another’s

26 August 2017 9:00 am

Removing all trade and tariff barriers as part of a hard Brexit would generate ‘a £135 billion annual boost to…

Forget London’s lost Garden Bridge: bring on Nine Elms-to-Pimlico instead

19 August 2017 9:00 am

I can’t work up much indignation at the collapse of London’s Garden Bridge project, which has been strangled by the…

Why fudging Ireland’s Brexit border issue can only mean Troubles ahead

5 August 2017 9:00 am

The question of what kind of border after Brexit will exist between Northern Ireland and the Republic will, I predict,…

Another German car-maker scandal is good news for Brexiteers

29 July 2017 9:00 am

It came as no great surprise to learn that the EU competition authorities are crawling all over the three major…

Bending City of London rules for the Saudis smacks of Brexit desperation

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Now here’s a tricky question. The world’s largest oil company, potentially worth six times as much as ExxonMobil and ten…

Who says cash in hand is fundamentally dishonest?

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Would a cashless world be a better place, morally or fiscally? Matthew Taylor, in his relatively uncontroversial review of work…

Michael Gove’s welcome move to protect our fishermen after Brexit

8 July 2017 9:00 am

I voted Remain last year for two reasons. First, however irritating I found some aspects of the EU, I could…

The next financial crisis is coming ‘with a vengeance’, says the expert. But when?

1 July 2017 9:00 am

There’s a passage in Philip Larkin’s All What Jazz, the collection of his writings as the Daily Telegraph’s jazz critic,…

Why I’m sad to see Barclays in the dock, and astonished to see John Varley there

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Regular readers know I have an umbilical connection to Barclays, because my father spent his working life there, I was…