Monthly Archives: October 2013

Spain is back! Or is it? In this week’s podcast Ben Hall, world news editor, talks to Tobias Buck, Madrid bureau chief about Spain’s nascent recovery – is it gathering momentum? Also joining us is Michael Steen, Frankfurt bureau chief, to put some of the more positive indicators into a European context as inflation data out today shows worrying signs

 

As London bids to become a centre for Islamic finance, are sharia financial products useful for ordinary savers and investors? The real mid-life crisis: why Britain’s middle-aged are the worst prepared for retirement. And why self-build has struggled to gain traction despite government encouragement

 

A diet of drudgery in a takeaway might seem wholesome but it does open the eye to better things, says Lucy Kellaway

 

This week, Sharlene Goff is joined by Daniel Schaefer to discuss the case against splitting RBS into a good bank and a bad bank, Sam Fleming unpicks Mark Carney’s decision to press ahead with a review of the BoE, and the team sheds light on the range of tactics available to banks seeking to dodge the EU bonus cap.

 

The market for Orthodox icons has been revivified by Russian money in recent years – yet the genre’s spiritual charge and innate conservatism make it a challenging field for collectors

 

With the euro near a two year high against the dollar, Delphine Strauss asks Chris Turner, foreign currency strategist at ING, whether the European Central Bank is likely to take any action; how long the rally in emerging markets currencies might continue; and what is driving trade in the Scandinavian currencies.

 

In this edition of World Weekly, Gideon Rachman is joined by Hugh Carnegy, Paris bureau chief and Ben Hall, world news editor and former Paris correspondent, to focus on France, where President François Hollande’s approval ratings have dropped to a sorry 23%. The President’s plummeting popularity comes against the background of a weak economy and controversy over the deportation of a Roma schoolgirl. So where does Hollande go from here, and should we be worried by the momentum building behind the National Front ahead of the municipal and European elections next spring?

 

What to do if your lender says the house you want to buy is worth less than the offer you’ve put in. The furore over energy prices: are we being ripped off, or are politicians to blame for rising prices? And the inglorious fate of the Co-op – an ethical bank taken over by a couple of hedge funds

 

Germany, strong enough to carry southern Europe on its back, stays home at the slightest twinge

 

The banking team discusses the penalties handed out to JPMorgan and Bank of America for mortgage mis-selling and analyses the tumultuous restructuring of the Co-operative Bank. Guy Dinsmore joins from Rome to shed light on the arrest in Bologna of a former UBS head for his alleged part in assisting US citizens in tax evasion.