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It’s right to ‘line shareholders’ pockets’ before fixing pension holes

20 August 2016 9:00 am

The revelation by actuarial consultants Lane Clark & Peacock that 56 of the supposedly blue chip companies in the FTSE 100…

Want to cut top pay, Mrs May? Start with the bank you own

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May sent a strong message to the corporate world when she criticised the ‘irrational, unhealthy and growing gap’ between…

Theresa May’s right: we need China’s money, not their friendship

6 August 2016 9:00 am

There are reasons why Theresa May might harbour doubts about the Hinkley Point nuclear project — chiefly its unproven French…

Rough justice, but MPs have got Sir Philip ‘Shifty’ Green bang to rights

30 July 2016 9:00 am

Not even your quixotic columnist is prepared to mount a full-on defence of Sir Philip Green this week, following the…

The Arm deal is definitely good for Softbank. For Britain? Not so much

23 July 2016 9:00 am

It’s easy to see why Arm Holdings, the UK’s only global-scale internet technology company, looked worth a quick £24 billion bet…

Even businessmen agree with Theresa May’s anti-corporate rhetoric

16 July 2016 9:00 am

I spent Sunday at the Sage Gateshead watching an epic performance of Götterdämmerung (I declare an interest, as a trustee…

Don’t count the Brexit doom-mongers out yet

9 July 2016 9:00 am

I enjoyed the Daily Mail’s lambasting of the Financial Times as ‘panic-monger-in-chief’ for its doom-laden post-Brexit tone: ‘Is it determined…

Brexit leaves optimists clinging to the life raft of cliché

2 July 2016 9:00 am

My column calling Brexit campaigners ‘hooligans’ and ending ‘Reader, I voted Remain’, caused quite a stir — coinciding as it…

Entrepreneurs have the answer to voter insanity

25 June 2016 8:00 am

Good news: ‘My sources in the Gulf tell me they’re poised with big cash to buy into sterling, UK equities…

Am I a Remain roundhead, or a Brexit cavalier?

18 June 2016 9:00 am

My pen hovers — but refuses to touch the postal ballot paper. I pour a drink (I won’t say whether…

Happy birthday Barclaycard — even if you turned out to be a time-bomb

11 June 2016 9:00 am

‘In years to come we shall be able to claim that we pioneered in this country the general everyday use…

Hollande equals Thatcher? If only

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Have you ever tried discussing the merits of gun control with a Texan, or of deregulated labour markets with a…

Smokers are paying for your pension

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Axa will no longer invest in the tobacco industry: the French insurance giant will sell €184 million of shares and…

Don’t believe the Tory grumbling: HS2 is on the way

21 May 2016 9:00 am

There’s a lot of negativity around HS2, and I sniff a Brexit connection. You might think Leave campaigners whose aim…

Brexit is already hurting growth – and George Osborne won’t mind a bit

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Has the shadow of Brexit already cost us a slice of GDP — and if so, is it a blip…

Scrapping RBS’s brand is a start. Now break it up

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Royal Bank of Scotland is at last about to dump the ‘RBS’ logotype promoted by its fallen chieftain Fred Goodwin,…

The death of investment banking as we know it? Bring it on

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Oh woe. Investment bank profits are evaporating after a disastrous contraction of trading revenues reflecting zero-to-negative interest rates, weak commodity…

Warning: the FTSE100 isn’t out of the woods just yet

23 April 2016 9:00 am

When the FTSE100 fell close to 5,500 in February, we all said ‘Mr Bear is back’. On Tuesday the index…

Stop chasing the PM’s taxes: focus on the bad stuff that really matters

16 April 2016 9:00 am

There were moments last week when I was ready to give up journalism and retrain in a less unsavoury profession…

Why Ratan Tata is still Britain’s greatest inward investor

9 April 2016 9:00 am

If asked to pick the UK’s inward investor of the century so far I would, without hesitation, name Ratan Tata,…

George Osborne still deserves praise for his Living Wage

2 April 2016 9:00 am

It was unfashionable of me to write in praise of George Osborne on Budget day. I did so, you may…

Among people I meet, the ‘remain’ campaign is edging the Brexit debate

26 March 2016 9:00 am

In every gathering, someone — often me — calls for a show of hands on Brexit. And I have to…

How George Osborne’s budget bolsters the case for leaving Europe

19 March 2016 9:00 am

Give thanks for George Osborne — and I don’t say that because I happen to be writing this column on…

Don’t believe the recession hype – or this commodities boom

12 March 2016 9:00 am

All in all, this is an odd moment for an outburst of high spirits: not from me — I’m as…

Sell the London Stock Exchange if you must. But not to Frankfurt!

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The London Stock Exchange is no longer the red-hot crucible it once was, given the multifarious ways by which shares,…