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3am epiphany

Image copyright Kikki.K Image caption After a sleepless night worrying about her future, Kristina Karlsson got out of bed at 3am and put her dreams on paper A eureka moment led Kristina Karlsson to launch a stationery business in the 1990s. It’s since gone global and has sales of 80m ...

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Ban pension cold-calling now, MPs demand

Image copyright Getty Images Cold-callers trying to sell pensions could be banned by next summer if the government takes action now, a group of MPs has demanded. Members of the Work and Pensions Committee said that otherwise, the ban may not happen until 2020. The MPs want the government to ...

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Inflation tracker: Will you feel the pinch this Christmas?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The cost of Christmas: Some seasonal favourites have gone up in price since last year From boxes of chocolates to mince pies and even Brussels sprouts, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a table piled high with food. But the price of the festive grocery ...

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A political Fed

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jerome Powell was chosen by Donald Trump to chair the US Federal Reserve “I respect his independence,” said US President Richard Nixon. “However, I hope that independently he will conclude that my views are the ones that should be followed.” As threats go, it ...

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Qatar buys 24 Eurofighter Typhoon jets in £6bn deal

Image copyright Getty Images A £6bn deal to sell Eurofighter Typhoons to Qatar will help safeguard thousands of UK jobs. BAE Systems employs about 5,000 people in the UK to build the fighter jets, mainly at Warton in Lancashire. Qatar’s purchase of 24 jets includes a support and training package ...

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Bitcoin: ‘I’m part of a crazy wave’

Image copyright Alessandra Sollberger In its early days, Bitcoin might have been dismissed as a quirky tech sector fad. But it is rapidly evolving into the mainstream and has already made some people rich. If once Bitcoin was seen as a tool for money launderers and drug dealers, it has ...

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Financial secrets

Image copyright Getty Images Your financial information, such as what you spend and where, and how often you go into debt is private. It is information only available to you and your bank. It has been like that for years, but all that is about to change. Customers of nine ...

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Is Trump the WTO’s biggest threat?

Image copyright Reuters Image caption US President has continued his scepticism of the World Trade Organization since gaining office Is the World Trade Organization about to be derailed by Donald Trump? Ministers from its 164 member nations will meet in Buenos Aires this weekend as the guardian of global commerce ...

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Abu Dhabi authorities revealed as buyers of $450m ‘Leonardo painting’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe painting has been cleaned and restored from the image on the left to the one on the right Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism has confirmed that it bought the $450m Salvator Mundi painting for the state’s new Louvre gallery. ...

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US adds 228,000 jobs in November

Image copyright Getty Images US jobs growth was better than expected in November, with payrolls rising by 228,000. Service, health care and manufacturing firms helped to drive the gains, holding the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1%. Economists had expected an increase of about 200,000 jobs, but early festive season ...

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EU agrees biggest free trade deal with Japan

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dairy products are one of Europe’s biggest exports to Japan The European Union and Japan have agreed terms for a free trade deal set to create the world’s biggest open economic area. The deal – the largest struck by the EU – is expected ...

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Three football clubs ‘shamed’ for underpaying staff

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Motherwell, Greenock Morton and Falkirk football clubs all had to refund workers who were underpaid Three Scottish football clubs have been “named and shamed” for underpaying staff. Motherwell, Greenock Morton and Falkirk were on a list of employers not paying the minimum wage. A ...

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