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post 19 March 2014
Read more on Faisal Islam's blog Budget 2014: Carney butts in on a day of surprises

This is George Osborne's big chance. It is the first time he will hold up the budget box at a time of a robustly growing economy. It has been a four-year wait for this pleasure.

post 13 February 2014
Read more on Faisal Islam's blog Forward guidance did not fail, but welcome to forward vagueness

On any measure, having to abandon your much-hyped new policy innovation after just six months, is embarrassing - the rock star central banker seems out of tune.

post 13 February 2014
Read more on Gary Gibbon's blog What has changed for Scottish sterling currency union?

Mr Osborne has suddenly gone a lot further than he did as recently as last April when he said of a sterling currency union; "frankly it's unlikely." Now he is completely ruling it out, what changed?

article 12 February 2014 Business
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney ditches his flagship interest rates policy, but says the cost of borrowing is unlikely to rise in the near future despite falling unemployment.
Interest rates: Carney rips up 'forward guidance' policy

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney ditches his flagship interest rates policy, but says the cost of borrowing is unlikely to rise in the near future despite falling unemployment.

article 29 January 2014 UK, Scotland
The 100m pounds banknote that underpins Scottish banks.
Faisal Islam by Got change for 100m? - video

For the first time the Bank of England allows the 1m and 100m bank notes, which underpin the Scottish banking system, to be filmed. Economics Editor Faisal Islam gets his hands on them.

post 29 January 2014
Read more on Faisal Islam's blog Dependent independence? Carney's warning for Scotland

Mark Carney diplomatically warns Scotland that independence could come at a heavy price - like the ones paid by Ireland, Iceland, Cyprus and Spain.

article 29 January 2014 Business
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says an independent Scotland would have to cede some of its national sovereignty if it wants to keep the pound (Getty)
How independent would Scotland really be?

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says an independent Scotland would have to cede some of its national sovereignty if it wants to keep the pound.

post 28 January 2014
Read more on Faisal Islam's blog Playing 'long-term plan' bingo with George Osborne

If you believe that the government's policies contributed to further imbalances, it might appear a little cheeky to argue: "Vote for me and I will rebalance the economy I further imbalanced."

article 28 January 2014 Business
After years of lacklustre growth, the recovery appears to be taking off at last. Good news for Chancellor George Osborne, but even he is not celebrating yet (Getty)
by Economy growing - but Britain not out of the woods

After years of lacklustre growth, the recovery appears to be taking off at last. Good news for Chancellor George Osborne, but even he is not celebrating yet.