Scottish vote and uncertainty
Markets have reacted positively to the news that the UK will not be split after the Scottish referendum results.
In early trading in Asia, the pound rose against all 16 major currencies, including recording its biggest two-day rise in a year against the dollar, up 1.4% to around $1.65.
Recall at the end of August before the uncertainty over the referendum started to spread, sterling was at just under $1.66. In addition, the pound rose to a notable two-year high against the euro.
Stock markets are also up in Asia, with Japan's Nikkei index rising by nearly 2% at one point and the Hong Kong and Indian markets also posting gains.
In terms of futures, the FTSE 100 could open about 0.7% higher, while US stocks could also see a higher open despite new records set by the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones at the close yesterday.
China promises much but it won't be easy
In China, anything is possible, but everything is difficult. That is how one participant at Summer Davos, the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in China, described doing business in China to me.
It's not the first time that I have heard that phrase, but after listening to the speech of the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and chairing a few sessions, I was duly reminded.
Alibaba - set to be the largest US IPO in history
Alibaba seeks to raise up to $24.3 billion (£15bn) in its share sale, which would be more than the previous record amount of money raised by the Agricultural Bank of China of $22.1 billion. In other words, Alibaba would be the biggest IPO in history.
It's embarking on a roadshow that will finalise its share price, which is in the range of $60-66 per share, and expects to set the price on September 18 with trading on the New York Stock Exchange starting the next day.
Alibaba prepares record breaking share sale
Next week, Alibaba is expected to sell shares for the first time in an initial public offering (IPO) in New York.
It could raise $20 billion (£12bn) which would make it bigger than Facebook's IPO, which raised $16 billion in 2012 and was the previous biggest share sale for an internet company.
Divergent fortunes and what they mean for interest rates
Despite many years of increasing globalisation in many aspects of business, finance and economics, the world seems to be diverging. So how has this happened?
Sitting in Berlin, I am reminded that even that formerly reliable engine of growth, the German economy, contracted by 0.2% in the second quarter. Italy has fallen back into recession. France was stagnant, as was even the Swiss economy - which isn't in the eurozone, but is clearly affected by it.
China’s property conundrum
The various steps that China is taking to stem house price rises seems to be working, but can the government manage an orderly slowdown in the property sector?
The latest move is to reduce the reliance of local governments on the property market by allowing them to finance themselves through bonds, albeit for limited purposes.
Third time lucky for French President Francois Hollande?
French President Francois Hollande has reshuffled his government with a more reform-minded economy minister.
In Talking Business this week, I reviewed some of the big debates, including France's ambitious reform programme.
Why the bond markets fear Argentina's debt crisis
In a week's time, Argentina could face another default. This time, there could be a severe impact not just in terms of economic growth but also on bond markets worldwide.
A US court has ordered Argentina to meet with its creditors "continuously" from today until they agree a deal.
Islamic banking: Growing fast but can it be more than a niche market?
For years, Islamic banks have been growing at a double digit pace.
Ernst and Young (E&Y), in their latest World Islamic Banking Competitiveness report, shows the assets of Islamic banks grew at an average rate of 17% per year between 2008 and 2012.