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Friday, 31 October 2014


Edward Hadas

Edward Hadas: Robots can be our best friends

30 October 2014

If the cult of economic efficiency is not abandoned, then machines which can emulate and sometimes surpass human thinking are likely to bring lower wages and more unemployment. But robots provide a wonderful opportunity to combine low labour productivity with high prosperity.

Andy Mukherjee

India in depth: Beating the emerging-market gloom

29 October 2014

GDP growth in China and India is too low for investors to risk their now-costly capital. This is dimming the lure of these large developing nations. Without reforms to boost returns, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Make in India” campaign will face testing times.

Rob Cox

Rob Cox: Zuckerberg's Chinese lessons are scalable

28 October 2014

Bilingual CEOs should be the norm, not fuel for the kind of media frenzy that greeted the Facebook founder’s Q&A in Mandarin last week. Learning a foreign language doesn’t just help conquer new markets. It fosters risk-taking and new thinking, and helps eliminate biases.

Rob Cox

Rob Cox: Fragility bigger worry than volatility

21 October 2014

Recent rollercoaster markets are a symptom of a more concerning malady. They reflect the shock accompanying recognition that widely accepted assumptions about everything from monetary policy to geopolitics, and even the state of global health, are dangerously flimsy.

Hugo Dixon

Hugo Dixon: Markets right to worry about euro zone

20 October 2014

The epicentre of last week’s fright was the 18-nation currency bloc, whose three big economies – Germany, France and Italy – are in their own ways stuck. There is a grand bargain sketched out by Mario Draghi that might shift the malaise. But it won’t materialise soon, if at all.

Edward Hadas

Edward Hadas: Surge pricing and the just economy

15 October 2014

Car service Uber raises its prices to balance supply and demand when drivers are reluctant and customers are eager. That works, but the method has an anti-social edge. For the common good, it’s better to start with just prices and add allocation by patience, need or merit.

Hugo Dixon

Hugo Dixon: Italy has no good Plan B

13 October 2014

Matteo Renzi’s Plan A is to push through domestic reforms, hope the ECB manages to get inflation ticking up, and keep his fingers crossed that the economy stops shrinking. But if this fails, a mega wealth tax, debt restructuring and/or exit from the euro beckons.

Edward Hadas

Edward Hadas: Call that money-printing?

08 October 2014

The supply of the raw material of finance can be varied far more easily than any physical commodity or human skill. If central bankers really grasped that, monetary policy could have been far more radical – both pre- and post-crisis.

Rob Cox

Rob Cox: Cable cowboy John Malone is ready to rock

07 October 2014

In an era when everything is shared or rented, including music, there’s a premium to be paid for actual experience – like, say, a festival. That partly explains the media mogul’s interest in Live Nation, which is stalking the promoter behind Lollapalooza and other big gigs.

Hugo Dixon

Hugo Dixon: How to manage a corporate crisis

06 October 2014

Tesco, Barclays and BP offer useful lessons about what to do (and what not to do) when disaster strikes: take things seriously and apologise. It is also best to start off with a stock of goodwill.