Monthly Archives: January 2008

If the US succeeds in its ???risk management’, it will renew and, at worst, exacerbate the fragility, both domestic and international, that triggered the turmoil. If it fails, the US and, perhaps, much of the rest of the world could well suffer a prolonged period of economic weakness.

 

An e-mail from Accenture’s group chief executive is troubling because it shows top people write jargon even when they think no clients are looking.

 

A medium-term inflation target provides a clear objective for policy and so the best chance of avoiding recession. To change ships in the midst of a storm would be a catastrophic blunder.

 

In this week’s show: Market falls and recession fears: how they affect your finances; Exchange-traded tracker funds: is now the time to invest? Tax planning: what the new rules mean for offshore trusts.

 

Can the internet cope? We have two views – Nicholas Carr talks about the dangers, while Paul Sagan of Akamai is quizzed about the web’s capacity to deliver. Plus Ade McCormack makes storage sound fascinating; and the author of a study on retail banking is quizzed about whether banks could do more with the data at their fingertips.

 

For one person it feels like a snake; for another a leathery sail. A third says a tree trunk. A fourth a pull rope. Explanations for what has happened to the world economy are just as diverse. The accurate story is that it is a combination of the various elements.

 

Artists are no different to any other profession; they need to be managed too, so they can go on getting better. Lucy Kellaway delves into the business-like approach that financier Guy Hands plans to take with musicians at EMI, and asks: should you be prepared to discipline a creative at the risk of losing them?

 

In this week’s show: Commercial property – the professional vultures are swooping on cheap assets but what should private investors do? Is it too late to join the gold rush? Tips on making self assessment less painful; The good and bad news of 0 per cent credit cards.

 

The regulatory net should cover all systemically important financial institutions. The question the authorities need to ask themselves is simple: if a specific institution fell into substantial difficulty would they have to intervene?

 

The granting of investment bank bonuses is a ruinously expensive, tiring and highly political game in which almost everyone emerges a loser. Here’s how the game works.