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Former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill

Former Goldman Sachs economist Jim O’Neill, who popularised the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China) as an investment concept, is now making the case (...)

Much surprise was expressed at the muted market response to the recent US government shutdown.The only surprising thing is the surprise.Indices rose d(...)

French finance minister Pierre Moscovici adjusts his glasses during a news conference on the 2014 budget at the Economy ministry in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters.

French finance minister Pierre Moscovici has said the pace of economic reform can not be accelerated, as he fended off criticism the country was relyi(...)

Bill Ackman:  short on Herbalife

Short selling can be a dangerous game, as hedge fund giant Bill Ackman (above) is discovering.Last December, Ackman – a seemingly unpopular man on Wal(...)

Maurice Levy (left), Publicis chief executive, and John Wren, head of Omnicom Group react after signing the merger documents in Paris

For years, the advertising business has been spurred by the Madison Avenue mythology of small independent shops coming up with the snappy catchphrase (...)

House Speaker John Boehner was among  House leaders who worked late last week to help pass the monstrous farm bill. Photograph: Christopher Gregory/The New York Times

Something terrible has happened to the soul of the Republican Party in the United States. We’ve gone beyond bad economic doctrine. We’ve even gone bey(...)

Chip Starnes arrives home in Florida after his hostage ordeal in Beijing

China’s reputation as a place to do business took a battering last week after a US executive was held hostage in his own medical supply factory for fi(...)

“What makes Ireland great, makes Ireland great for business,” according to a new television campaign for inward investment agency IDA Ireland creat(...)

Hedge fund giant SAC is unlikely to be displeased with having to cough up $602 million to settle charges of insider trading in Elan shares. (...)

Vatican ambassador to Nicaragua Fortunatus Nwachukwu applauds as he watches a local television channel in Managua announce the election of Pope Francis. Photograph: Reuters

Some social commentators have argued in recent years that as a society we are retreating from simultaneous consumption of mass media into indiv(...)

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