If the clubs don't tempt you, the pubs surely will

What's going for it? They like to keep themselves busy in Otley. A scan of the posters in pubs and corner shop windows, and I needed to sit down. Where do they find the time? There are reading clubs and camera clubs, amateur radio clubs and science festivals, the film club at the Otley Courthouse an...

THE wardrobe of Datta Phuge, a businessman in Pune, in west India, has a new addition. Weighing 3.25 kilos and costing a quarter of a million dollars, it is a chain-mail shirt made of gold. “I always move around with bodyguards,” a glittering Mr Phuge reassured the Pune Mirror. Sadly, India’s gold obsession is no laughing matter. India is the w

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THE house-price boom that preceded the financial crisis was remarkable for its scope and scale. With a very few exceptions, there seemed only one way for prices to go: up. Things have been more diverse since, and our latest review of house prices is a picture with dramatic chiaroscuro. A brightening outlook for America stands out against the

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As British Airways launch a series of new flights to Spain, it seems the time is right for investors to take advantage of falling property prices and the country's lively tourism industry. With Spanish real estate struggling to recover values enjoyed during the 2007 peak, holiday rental properties are being let go at bargain prices, especially...

INDIA’S microfinance sector was once touted as a saviour of the poor and a good bet for investors. The high point for the industry came when SKS—then India’s biggest microfinance company with a $1.2 billion loan book, a third of it in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh—went public in July 2010. The $350m offering was more than 13 times oversub

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ARCH-CONSERVATIVES have long prescribed a return to the gold standard as the answer to America’s fiscal and monetary excesses. Now liberals are looking to precious metals to solve a fiscal bind.

Sometime between mid-February and early March, the Treasury will run out of legal authority to issue new debt. Republicans in Congress say they won’t raise

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The Malaysian property market is going into a period of stagnation, according to Allstones Group Asia. Issues of affordability and supply are creating a challenging environment, which, while stable, is not creating growth. Alstones Group Asia chairman K.H Sim does not expect house prices in the country to increase over 2013, nor will new launches...

ECONOMISTS love to argue. Indeed, since the crisis, it has often seemed they cannot agree on anything, and especially not on important matters like how best to boost a sickly economy or when to trim government borrowing. “Schlock economics” was the judgment bestowed by Robert Lucas, a Nobel prizewinner, on the stimulus proposals of Christina Rom

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Foreign buyers are expected to increase their activity in the Spanish property market throughout 2013. Estate agent Spanish Hot Properties predicts a 50 per cent increase in turnover on 2012 levels, following a 25 per cent increase in sales and turnover last year. They claim this has largely been the result of improved Google-friendly websites...

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