Pause for thought: multiple signals indicate that the US stock market faces years of sub-par returns. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Bearish predictions of a market crash are largely hyperbolic, as we noted last week, but that doesn’t mean investors shouldn’t be concerned about valu(...)

Queen Elizabeth II’s understated but significant words of insight on the troubled history of Anglo-Irish relations at a state dinner in Dublin in 2011 are included in the new edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations: “With the benefit of historical hindsight, we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As Scotland goes to the polls today to decide on its independence, it is interesting to leaf through this week’s newly published eighth edition of (...)

Helena Morrissey: “We want sustainable change in business culture – not the appearance of change.” photograph: brenda fitzsimons

If Sheryl Sandberg’s treatise to women is to Lean In to their careers, Helena Morrissey has a somewhat different piece of advice for women looking to (...)

A policeman works in heavy smog in Harbin, in northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

Breakneck economic growth and widescale urbanisation of recent years has transformed China into the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, and c(...)

Wang Chuanfu, chairman of BYD, a Chinese electric-car maker partially owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, described the  recently introduced  beneficial policies for EVs as “unprecedented”. Photograph: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg

China is considering providing 100 billion yuan (€412 billion) in government funding to build electric-vehicle (EV) charging facilities and spur deman(...)

Berkshire Hathaway chief executive Warren Buffett.  Photograph: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Warren Buffett has defended his involvement in a controversial tax inversion deal that will transfer Burger King’s headquarters to Canada as part o(...)

Robert Shiller’s recent New York Times piece on the “mystery of lofty stock market elevations” does not impress bulls. Photograph: Jessica Hill/AP
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US stocks are at levels that have preceded past market crashes, Nobel economist Robert Shiller is warning. Shiller famously used his cyclically(...)

Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett, who turns 84 on August 30th and is the world’s third-richest person, oversees a conglomerate with more than 80 businesses. Photograph: Bloomberg

Berkshire Hathaway’s share price has crossed $200,000 (€150,000) for the first time, the latest milestone for the company that Warren Buffett built ov(...)

George Soros:  “To others, being wrong is a source of shame; to me, recognising my mistakes is a source of pride. Once we realise that imperfect understanding is the human condition, there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes.” Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/ AFP/Getty Images)

George Soros is 84 today. His career is remarkable both for its longevity and its returns – his Quantum fund has generated $39.6 billion in profits ov(...)

In June, billionaire investor Warren Buffett  (left) described Chuck Feeney (right) as “my hero,” when presenting him with a Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement award for pledging to give away billions during his lifetime to numerous causes in Ireland and overseas. 4:27

Irish American philanthropist Chuck Feeney’s dream of giving his entire multibillion fortune away to fund good causes is proving harder because of (...)