Stephen Hester is facing a shareholder revolt at the annual meeting on Friday over a long-term share award worth three times his £950,000 basic salary

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The head of RSA Insurance, Stephen Hester, must be one of the few people in the City who dreads the arrival of bonus season.

Beyoncé found that exclusive can be elusive, as fans reposted her single ‘Die With You’ on other non-subscription services

Music streaming: Industry goes with the flow

The subscription model is taking over from downloads, but there is still the problem of getting music fans to pay

Katherine Garrett-Cox opposes appointments at Elliott Advisors mooted by a hedge fund

Alliance Trust shareholders angry at board compromise with Elliott Advisors

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Women and the young are finding it more difficult than men to match with jobs that offer them the hours they desire

Britain's hidden army of under-employed

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Plans put forward by Ed Miliband have been met with derision by leading property figures (Getty)

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The Week Ahead: All on eyes on Centrica as British Gas owner unveils its interim results

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Peyton-Jones in the Magazine restaurant at the Serpentine Sackler

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Protests against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff

Price of a scandal: Brazil's oil giant Petrobras in £11bn write-down

After a clear-out of executives and with dozens of politicians being investigated, the company's new chief has announced a clean start

Orange is the new black: Etsy is floated on the New York Stock Exchange amid much fanfare on 16 April. The site has 1.4 million sellers

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In 2005 Etsy was a fledgling online craft market with lofty ideals for empowering the little guy. Last week it was valued at £2 billion. So what do its sellers make of the mix of handmade and hard-nosed? Lena Corner talks shop with the traders
Barclays is set to face its shareholders during what is likely to be another hostile AGM season after the demonstrations last year

Shareholder spring: where are we now?

Boardroom heads rolled when investors rose up and staged a series of pay revolts in the 2012 AGM season. Jamie Dunkley examines whether the events that rocked the City of London were game-changing or have been consigned to history

Clive Schlee, chief executive of Pret a Manger, says customers want to know that their food is healthy and fresh

Clive Schlee: Pret a Manger ready to go global

The ambitious chain's chief tells Simon Neville that its shops in Paris are the busiest, America's biggest seller is a salad and that he wishes more Britons would apply for jobs

All campaigning and no investing... Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne at Arriva TrainCare in Crewe on Monday

General Election 2015: Is the election crushing growth?

Surveys suggest that uncertainty over the outcome of the poll on 7 May is hitting investment by firms and depressing consumption. How worried should we be?

The Week Ahead: Dave Lewis will present his first set of annual results as the boss of Tesco this week

Dave Lewis will present his first set of annual results as the boss of Tesco this week and the City is expecting more of the same: cleaning up past mistakes while setting out a plan for the future.

Still more questions than answers over the future of BHS

A month ago Philip Green flogged his department store chain to a mysterious consortium. Joanna Bourke outlines what we do – and don’t – know

‘Missing our deals will haunt you’ – Phones 4U’s TV ad came back to haunt it

Phones 4U collapse: guess who profited - hedge funds or taxpayers?

It seemed bad enough that a popular retailer could be allowed to collapse simply because its suppliers suddenly decided to pull the plug. Now we know who got their money back – and who didn't

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Beyoncé found that exclusive can be elusive, as fans reposted her single ‘Die With You’ on other non-subscription services
The subscription model is taking over from downloads, but there is still the problem of getting music fans to pay
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Fast-growing companies face a more favourable trading climate today than in 2010, which is helping them to attract funding
Equity investment went out of fashion in the run-up to the credit crisis. David Prosser says the challenge now is to build on what has been achieved
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A general view shows the skyline of a central business district in Beijing on November 27, 2013. Foreign investment into China rose 5.77 percent on year in the first 10 months of 2013, the government said on November 19.
Central to China’s agenda of driving growth through economic reform is a shift from debt-driven investment to consumption
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Horses are given an early morning workout at Churchill Downs race track in Louisville ahead of tomorrow’s Kentucky Derby
Despite a decline in American horse racing, tomorrow’s meeting might be the most lucrative sporting event on Earth, writes Andrew Dewson
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Six banks were fined, including Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), for trying to manipulate foreign-currency prices are a stark reminder of the need for sweeping changes
James Moore wonders if anyone noticed there were some good bits in Royal Bank of Scotland’s results
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The weak dollar has led to speculation that Janet Yellen will not press ahead with a first rate hike since 2006
Fed chair, Janet Yellen, is expected to announce a rise in rates in the final quarter of 2015. Hamish McRae with Economic View
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Stansted gets connected with Dundee from 30 March
Spare a thought for Anthony Brooke, one of the two men forced on to Alliance Trust’s board by Elliott Advisors, says Jamie Dunkley
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Shoppers wait for Woolworths in Ashford, Kent, to open so they can hunt for bargains at the chain's closing down sale
Many commentators think businesses will breath a sigh of relief following the ruling
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Parliamentary Business: The Lib Dems' centre of gravity on the EU has shifted. Mark Leftly finds the eurozone crisis has sharpened opinions
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Women and the young are finding it more difficult than men to match with jobs that offer them the hours they desire
More hours mean lower benefit bills, higher tax takes and rising wages. David Blanchflower explains how falling jobless figures conceal a problem at the heart of the economy
News
Katherine Garrett-Cox opposes appointments at Elliott Advisors mooted by a hedge fund
Elliott has won the day and Alliance will need to work quickly to address that issue, says James Moore
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Plans put forward by Ed Miliband have been met with derision by leading property figures (Getty)
Pledges to build millions of new dwellings, fiddling with stamp duty for first-time buyers – politicians are promising whatever they think the electorate wants to hear. Russell Lynch takes an unbiased look at the main parties’ election manifestos
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Xavier Rolet says the economy will be pivotal in deciding how we vote
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Protestors demonstrate outside a testy HSBC annual general meeting in London
HSBC’s shares were jumping like a grasshopper in spring in the wake of reports that it is considering spinning off the bank that brought it over to London in the first place, says James Moore
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Employers should have an anti-harassment and bullying policy, which is properly communicated to the whole workforce, says Matt Gingell
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The founders of Brew Dog, James Watt and Martin Dickie, with bottles of Tokyo*
This is an industry that has posted, on aggregate, compound annual growth of more than 100 per cent over the past three years, writes David Prosser
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A Grimsby trawler: outside the South-east the economy is weak
There is widespread evidence that under-employment has risen even more sharply than the unemployment rate, says David Blanchflower
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A court sketch shows Navinder Singh Sarao opposing his
extradition to the US at Westminster magistrates’ court
The Independent spoke to workers in the City on their lunch break
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Protests against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff
After a clear-out of executives and with dozens of politicians being investigated, the company's new chief has announced a clean start. Tom Bawden and Jamie Dunkley report
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Bob Diamond’s bonuses ran into the hundreds of millions of pounds at Barclays
The disgraceful, shameful actions of Deutsche’s traders and of their colleagues who attempted to frustrate regulatory investigations are beginning to elicit merely a weary shrug of the shoulders, says James Moore
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