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Sir John Sunderland, chairman of Barclays remuneration committee was angrily heckled by shareholders

James Ashton: More entrepreneurs in
politics – that’s diversity

In San Francisco there is much excitement about Dropbox, an online document-sharing firm designed to chip away at the all-powerful Microsoft Office (in which Index is an investor). This week it paraded new apps that take it further into the Flickr and Instagram territory of photo sharing.

James Ashton: You can legislate for top pay
but it doesn’t seem to work

I am doubtful that the EU commissioner Michel Barnier has cracked the executive pay puzzle with his latest clampdown.

James Ashton: A few pricked bubbles won’t curb our appetite for a new wave of tech floats

Danny Rimer, a prime mover at the internet investment house Index Ventures, debunked a few theories when we met last summer.

Banks told they must renew creaky IT systems

Complex networks bolted together after mergers are under strain, watchdog says

Thames Water seeks international backers for London’s £4bn super-sewer

Company to set up new firm to build £4.2bn network, paid for by £40 a year on bills

Martin Wheatley says the disregard of ethics in the industry was ‘shocking’

Guns blazing: City sheriff rounds up the cowboys

Watchdog head Martin Wheatley says banking culture reforms will take time

FCA tells bank investors to get tough on bonuses

The boss of Britain’s financial watchdog has told shareholders to get tough with banks if they want to cap giant bonus payouts.

FCA's Martin Wheatley calls on investors to rein in bonus pay

The boss of Britain’s financial watchdog has told shareholders to get tough with banks if they want to cap giant bonus payouts.

Lloyds boss Antonio Horta-Osorio: 'We're not such a big bank as people think'

The chief executive contends that Lloyds is not too mighty and its bonus culture makes sense. Many may beg to differ

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