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Luring financial firms to Luxembourg

Pierre Gramegna, Luxembourg's finance minister, talks to host Andrew Palmer about how his country aims to thrive post-Brexit, and how it intends to improve tax transparency in the wake of the LuxLeaks scandal.

A coup de grâce for the Turkish economy?

Finance editor Edward McBride is joined by Simon Rabinovitch, who has delved into the history of coups to find out how attempts to overthrow a government can disrupt economic growth. And, an investigation into why the banking systems of some of Africa's largest economies are lurching towards crisis

China’s economy: Strong, but for how long?

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How to bounce back from Brexit

Edward McBride, Finance editor, investigates how badly leaving the EU might hurt the British economy, and what can be done to limit the damage. Also, Natasha Loder explains how Theranos left investors in the lurch, and we hear why some European firms are rushing to build expensive new headquarters.

What is the best way to redistribute income?

ECONOMISTS have two contradictory impulses when analysing policy. The first is to ignore its effects on the distribution of income or wealth, and argue that policymakers should shoot for efficiency and worry about redistribution later. This instinct often surfaces in discussion of policies like carbon taxes.

British economy policy is not helping those at the bottom

WHAT should the new chancellor, Philip Hammond, do? Some sort of fiscal boost seems likely in light of Britain's slowing economy. Much of the talk has been about infrastructure: Stephen Crabb, who challenged Thereas May for the prime-ministership, proposed a £100 billion to fund it.

Why talk of the pound hitting a 30-year low is a bit misleading

SINCE Britain’s referendum on June 23rd, journalists and economists have spent much time gawping at the awful financial fallout. However, Brexiteers have jumped on anyone whom they think is exaggerating the economic impact of the decision to Leave (just read the comments on any of our articles).

Italian banks are the new Brexit

Saddled with too many bad debts, Italy's banks have the potential to drag Europe into yet another crisis. The country's prime minister, Matteo Renzi, may defy EU rules and bail them out.

Everything is not ok

A WEEK ago, as news of the vote in favour of Brexit sunk in, global markets tumbled. In the space of two days, the S&P 500 dropped more than 4%, while Britain’s FTSE 250 fell about 10%. But then, strikingly, equity prices reversed themselves. The S&P 500 is now higher than it was before the vote.

Can you identify any impact of Brexit on the economy?

A PROBLEM facing economists is that it won't be possible to assess the macroeconomic impact of the Brexit vote for quite some time. The official estimate of GDP growth in the third quarter of this year will not be published until late October.

Brexit bedlam

Brexit shook global financial markets so hard that some saw parallels with the financial crisis of 2008. Through all the economic and political uncertainties, the vote will fundamentally change Britain and Europe.

How to be fair to the pro-EU Scotland

ALEX SALMOND, the ex-leader of the Scottish National Party, has floated an interesting idea: could Scotland "inherit" Britain's EU membership, now that there has been a vote to leave? In the referendum Scotland turned out to be very pro-EU, whereas most of the rest of Britain leant towards Brexit.

Is CEO pay out of control?

Edward McBride brings in business affairs editor Andrew Palmer to reflect on the ever growing pay packets of company bosses.

Fed officials try to understand why they cannot keep raising rates

FOUR times a year the meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, the Federal Reserve board that sets monetary policy, concludes with a special flourish: a press conference, and the publication of the members’ economic projections...

Are asset managers worth the money?

Edward McBride brings in Philip Coggan to get to the bottom of asset management fees. And, data journalists Dan Rosenheck and Wade Zhou excavate the numbers behind the numbers in the world of Broadway musicals.

The fiscal-devolution deal to Scotland is very generous

IT HAS now been two weeks since Scotland got control over income tax, the so-called Scottish Rate of Income Tax (or SRIT). Under this deal, Scotland has put in its own 10p rate of tax, and Westminster has reduced what it takes from Scotland by 10p.

Should the London stock exchange be part of a mega-merger?

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The Economist was cautious about Britain joining the euro

I WAS asked yesterday in a radio interview about the Treasury's report, published on Monday, which predicted a sharp recession if Britain votes to leave the EU. My opponent in that debate dismissed my view on the grounds that The Economist had advocated Britain joining the euro back in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

America’s central bank picks a poor time to get hawkish

THE members of the Federal Reserve's monetary-policy making committee have been desperate to hike rates, often, for most of the past year. They were keen to begin hiking in September, but were put off when market volatility threatened to undermine the American recovery.

Bailout in Brussels

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