Sean Farrell

Sean Farrell is a business reporter for The Independent.

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Kay warns the short-termist City to expect radical reforms

Report will look into fund managers' fees, executive pay and boardroom behaviour

IMF alert on banks adds to fears about dangers in China

The International Monetary Fund warned yesterday that China's banks are increasingly vulnerable to asset bubbles and called for an overhaul of risk management and regulation, adding to concerns about risks in the world's second-biggest economy.

Osborne ready to overhaul Bank of England governance

The Chancellor has indicated that he is ready to overhaul governance of the Bank of England ahead of it gaining more powers over financial regulation.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber makes his opening conference address

TUC chief attacks big investors for approving bankers' pay rises

Big investors waved through higher pay packages for bankers last year despite diminishing returns and poor performance during the recession, according to research.

Banks accused of falling short on loans to business

Britain's banks are behind on their pledge to lend to smaller firms and face continued criticism for their lack of support for businesses that are vital for economic recovery.

Banks fall short on pledge to lend to smaller firms

Figures show big lenders are almost £1bn short on SME loans and at odds with Bank of England

Big investors still go easy on bankers' pay

Big investors waved through higher pay packages for bankers last year despite diminishing returns and poor performance during the recession, according to research.

Family firms demand less red tape for £1.1trn sector

Britain's family-owned businesses will today call on the Government to cut red tape and increase support for a sector that generates an estimated £1.1 trillion of revenues.

Pressure on Bank eases as factory price rises slow

Pressure eased on the Bank of England yesterday after factory gate prices rose slower than expected, increasing the chances that inflation will fall in the coming months.

Banks stand accused of treating women customers unfairly

After ripping off their customers and bringing the economy to its knees, Britain's banks now stand accused of rampant sexism.

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