US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen during her monthly news conference yesterday in Washington, DC. US stocks advanced yesterday, sending the S&P 500 Index above a record closing level, after the Fed pledged to keep borrowing costs low for a “considerable time” after its asset-purchase programme ends. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Hopes that the world’s central bankers will continue to support economic recovery gave European markets their first lift in nine days yesterday. (...)

Membership of the EU is not a gimme for Scotland. So, whether they vote Yes or No to independence, they might well be an ex-EU member by 2017, given the other referendum, on UK EU membership, that could be taking place around then

It has only been a week-and-a-half since the Scottish independence debate exploded into life - or at least into our consciousness. Saturation media co(...)

Chimney pots line the rooftops of houses in the Herne Hill district of London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

House prices have reached a new record high of £272,000 on average after surging by 11.7 per cent over the last year, according to an official report.(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, which is making its interest rate decision on Wednesday.  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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Pro-independence supporters march through Glasgow on route to the BBC Scotland where they staged a protest against their perceived bias today. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Thousands of independence supporters took to the streets of Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow, today as polls showed the rival camps running desperatel(...)

Scottish first minister and SNP leader Alex Salmond (centre)  with former SNP deputy leader Jim Sillars (right). Photograph: Reuters/Paul Hackett

Major oil companies and the banks who have urged Scots to vote No will face “a day of reckoning” after next week’s referendum, a former deputy leader (...)

Britain’s chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne greets China’s vice premier Ma Kai  outside 11 Downing Street in London. Photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Britain said on Friday that it was about to sign commercial deals with China worth more than £2.4 billion, as finance minister George Osborne prepared(...)

Edinburgh bakery Cuckoos which launched their own Scottish referendum opinion poll survey with cupcakes. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Two of the United Kingdom’s biggest banks - the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Lloyds - have said they will consider shifting their headquarters fro(...)

Campaigning for a ‘Yes’ vote: Dennis Canavan (left) with first minister Alex Salmond, deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon and former deputy leader of the Scottish National Party Jim Sillars seeking support yesterday in Edinburgh. Photograph: Jeff Mitchell/Getty Images

The campaign to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom, which has suffered days of blows, received a boost last night with an opinion poll reporting tha(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary  at a news conference in New York yesterday to announce Ryanair’s pledge to buy up to 200 new Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Photograph: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

European stocks slid for a second day as investors weighed equity valuations and UK shares fell on concerns that Scotland may vote for independence(...)