LeBron James: that rarest of commodities – a prodigy who lived up to his advance billing. Photograph: Hans Deryk/Reuters.

Beats by Dre headphones began running an evocative television commercial last weekend showing basketball superstar LeBron James returning to his na(...)

New data indicating strength in the US economy helped major US, European and pan-world stock indexes to pare losses. Photograph: Reuters

Global equity markets tumbled again yesterday as investors continued to worry about world growth and on fears that Europe’s debt crisis was waking up (...)

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Image of the week: Hard Times Tavern Bitter about the budget? Water charges leaving a nasty taste in your mouth? A drink or several at the Hard(...)

Checking stock prices too often is not good for your financial health, according to research. Photograph: Andrew Burton/Getty Images

Would you invest your money with a manager who didn’t know the names of any of the stocks in his portfolio, or the price they were purchased at? How w(...)

Former US Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner is surrounded by members of the media as he arrives at US Court of Federal Claims to testify at the AIG trial on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Former US treasury secretary Timothy Geithner defended the government’s rescue of American International Group (AIG) in September 2008, saying the act(...)

Warren Buffett has admitted his Tesco investment was an error

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said his investment in Tesco Plc was a “huge mistake,” as the supermarket leader’s share price remains close to a(...)

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(...)