More than eight years since the birth of bitcoin, central banks around the world are increasingly recognising the potential upsides and downsides of digital currencies. The guardians of the global economy have two sets of issues to address. First is what to...
Policymakers at the Bank of England believe the risk of a "no deal" Brexit has been reduced by Theresa May's Brussels agreement last week - and that this breakthrough may boost UK economic confidence in the coming months. The view was relayed in...
A video of a five-year-old being told she “looks like a terrorist” after attending a Jerusalem-related protest in Los Angeles has sparked outrage from pro-Palestinian activists.  In footage posted to Twitter, protester Rawan Yasim filmed her encounter with Donald Trump supporters who showed...
After a bouncing up and down like grasshoppers with ants in their pants, shares in internet grocer Ocado have traded in a range for more than a year because, despite the impressive sales growth it keeps turning in, half the City still thinks...
The European Central Bank has "substantially" upgraded its GDP growth forecasts for the eurozone, reflecting the brightening economic prospects for the single currency area even as the UK's outlook is gloomy due to Brexit. The ECB's latest forecast for growth in 2017 is 2.4 per...
A compound derived from marijuana has health benefits and should not be subject to government restrictions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. “Recent evidence from animal and human studies shows that its use could have some therapeutic value for seizures due to epilepsy and related...
Credit card customers struggling with severe debt could save up to £1.3bn a year under new rules being put forward by the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority. If the proposals go ahead, it could see lenders waive or even cancel interest or charges...
A large majority of British people think the Government’s struggle for a Brexit deal has become so all-encompassing that other crucial challenges have been forgotten about, a poll has revealed. The exclusive survey for The Independent by BMG Research showed some 60...
Facebook and WhatsApp are being tied much closer together. The social network, which owns the messenger firm, is launching a new "Click-to-WhatsApp" ad unit that’s designed to make users chat to businesses. WhatsApp is strongly opposed to the idea of placing adverts inside...
The woes of an early bitcoin investor. Until recently, people who paid virtually nothing for the virtual currency and watched it soar had only one way to enjoy their new wealth -- sell. And many weren’t ready. Lenders on the fringe of...