Michael Lewis

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Steve Eisman was supposedly the  inspiration for the character played by Steve Carell (centre) in the movie version of Michael Lewis’s book The Big Short

A fund manager who correctly predicted the 2008 financial crash says he is shorting three UK banks – betting their share price will fall – in the beli(...)

Bill Gates uses a jar of human faeces as a prop at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing: poor sanitation kills half a million children under the age of five annually. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

The week in numbers: Amazonian affairs 240 US cities that initially responded, with much enthusiasm, to Amazon’s 2017 call for pitches for the honou(...)

Michael Lewis: “There shouldn’t be 35 or 40 per cent of the public that still has a kind thought for Donald Trump.” Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

In January 2017, Joe Hezir, the mild-mannered chief financial officer of the US Department of Energy was working quietly in his office in Washington D(...)

Lehman Brothers collapsed weeks before the Irish government issued its blanket bank guarantee.

The cohort of young adults starting university this month to begin studying finance and economics will almost certainly not know the difference betwee(...)

In 2013, analyst Tim Lee forecast that the Turkish lira, then trading at 1.9 to the US dollar, would collapse to 7.2. The 7 level was breached last month. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

A financial crisis is bad enough, but how would you feel if you were warned in advance but did nothing? How would you feel upon hearing those four dre(...)

A mocked-up “Delete Facebook” message on an iPhone. Photograph: Johannes Berg/Bloomberg

Facebook provides a fun, free and remarkably popular service to 2.2 billion users around the world. But the downside, and it is a very big one, is tha(...)

Michael Doyle and Rosanna Kleemann with their laptop which they  used to find their new home. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Property hunting has become a pastime de jour in the last two years, with pubs and coffee shops the stage for conversations about whether now is the r(...)

Amsterdam may be less attractive to bankers than to high-speed traders. Photograph: iStock

Frankfurt has the banks, and Paris has the culture, but for trading firms looking for a post-Brexit European home, Amsterdam may have the best attract(...)

Nigel Farage poses in front of a pro-Brexit campaign poster in Clacton-on-Sea days before the referendum in June 2016. Photograph: Justin Tallis/ AFP/Getty Images

Each summer, newspapers invite eminent people to name the books they will read over the break. Whether or not you take the answers at face value – wha(...)

Iceland’s weak krona has helped to fuel a tourism boom. Photograph: Reuters

The end of Iceland’s nine years of capital controls this week is an occasion to celebrate for Icelandic businesses – and for those economists who, lik(...)

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