Jim Armitage

Jim Armitage is Business Editor of The Independent and former Deputy City Editor of the Evening Standard

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Demand for jewellery and diamonds is strong, reports a high-end London auction source

Russians turn to art, jewellery and diamonds as rouble slides

Buyers chasing luxury collectables that are valued in dollars or euros – and untraceable

Alexandra Tolstoy is now living with Sergei Pugachev, once known as Putin's banker, in London

Putin's banker Sergei Pugachev loses High Court battle to have asset freeze lifted

The Russian tycoon once dubbed “Putin’s banker”, who lives in London with his English TV presenter partner Alexandra Tolstoy, has failed in his attempts to have a £1bn worldwide freeze on his assets lifted.

Bankers who reach the dizzy heights of partnership status at Goldman Sachs achieve legendary status in the bank’s London office

Revealed: How to get ahead at Goldman Sachs

Exclusive: Being a partner at the bank has an almost mythological status, and an internal memo seen by Jim Armitage shows the qualities needed to make it - like charging a pension fund $70m

Ex-teaboy Stephen Catlin in £2.6bn sale talks

Stephen Catlin has come a long way since arriving for his first day as an insurance company “tea boy” in a bright blue flared-trouser suit and wing collars.

Mining tycoon puts SFO back in dock

The Serious Fraud Office, still reeling from its bungled investigation into the Tchenguiz brothers, is being sued by BSGR, the mining empire of the controversial diamond billionaire Beny Steinmetz.

Coalition row erupts as workers are 'priced out' of tribunals

Exclusive: Lib Dems demand Tory minister conducts urgent review

Tycoon Beny Steinmetz's mining empire launches High Court battle to stop SFO aiding criminal investigation

The SFO is helping Guinea investigate his London-based BSGR empire over allegations of corruption related to his success in winning mining contracts in the country

Standard Chartered Group Chief Executive Peter Sands

Investors call for Standard Chartered boss to leave following falling profits

Speculation was rising yesterday that Standard Chartered’s chief executive Peter Sands would announce plans to leave the Asia-focused bank early in the new year.

Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed

Suggestion sent shockwaves through the aviation industry

The FCA has imposed £1.1bn in fines on five banks over forex trading practices

The City roundup video: Bleakest day for the FCA

Video: Jim Armitage provides a run-down of the day's major news from the City

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?