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Britain wants you to be banker, but are you ready for the risk?

Britain wants you to be banker, but are you ready for the risk? Creative commons image Credit: Mark Roy under CC-BY-2.0 licence
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 22 Oct 2014
Peer-to-peer lending is being seen as an alternative to the inactivity of traditional banking but would you be willing to play the banker role?...

The energy dilemma

The energy dilemma Creative commons image Credit: Lee Haywood under CC BY-SA 2.0 license
Intermediate level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2014
How can the Government balance voter and industry expectations of the energy market in the lead up to the next election? 

What happens when you try to put a value on everything?

What happens when you try to put a value on everything? Copyrighted image Credit: King Ho Yim | Dreamstime.com
Duration 10 mins Updated 02 Jul 2014
Should we downgrade statistics' triple-a rating? Has the rush to put a figure on everything had a negative impact on how we do politics?

Small Data: Changes in the basket of items measuring inflation, 2004-2014

Small Data: Changes in the basket of items measuring inflation, 2004-2014 Creative commons image Credit: Andrew Eadie under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
Updated 17 Jun 2014
Each year, the Office of National Statistics tweaks the contents of the baskets used to track inflation. What gets added or dropped tells how our...

Baffled by Bitcoin

Baffled by Bitcoin Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 14 Mar 2014
The magic of the world’s first ‘crypto currency’ is still lost on most monetary experts, writes Alan Shipman.

George tells us we are turning the corner: has he done it?

George tells us we are turning the corner: has he done it? Creative commons image Credit: Catherine Pain
Updated 20 Sep 2013
The sudden solidity of UK recovery leaves many economists wondering what went right, writes Alan Shipman.

DEBATE: Should we have a smaller financial services sector?

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DEBATE: Should we have a smaller financial services sector? Copyrighted image Credit: Aprescindere | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 20 May 2013
Do you think we should have a smaller financial services sector? Vote in our poll and leave your comments

Risk will return

Risk will return Copyrighted image Credit: Paul Lampard | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Updated 10 May 2013
Is it too much to expect that the new financial system will be fundamentally less accident-prone than the old?

The new politics of banking

The new politics of banking Creative commons image Credit: Peter Thwaite under CC-BY-SA licence
Introductory level Updated 08 May 2013
From ‘light touch’ to ‘durable’: we look at the new politics of banking

DEBATE: Will the ‘culture of risk’ become popular again?

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DEBATE: Will the ‘culture of risk’ become popular again? Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime
Introductory level Updated 01 May 2013
Are you worried the ‘culture of risk’ will become popular again, despite the current drive for more caution? Air your views here  

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Introducing corporate finance

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Introducing corporate finance Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 03 Mar 2014
This unit introduces you to the importance of finance and the role it plays in organisations. It explains the different functions of money and the...

Understanding and managing risk

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Understanding and managing risk
Masters level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
The unit provides an introduction to financial risk management. The processes of risk identification, risk measurement and risk management are...

Financial strategy and private finance initiative

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Financial strategy and private finance initiative Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2009
Introductory level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 29 Jun 2009
Does a hospital have to be owned and managed by the same sector that provides its services? In the early 1990s, the Private Finance Initiative was...