Sir Howard Davies says financial regulation has become excessively prescriptive

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Petrobras scandal gives Rolls-Royce a new headache

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A flood of economic data is set to hit the City this week.

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How EL James created a cash cow

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Igor Sechin: The oil man at the heart of Putin's Kremlin

Exclusive: Igor Sechin runs Rosneft, the biggest publicly traded oil firm in the world. He tells City Editor Jim Armitage about sanctions, the oil price and his admiration for BP

Niger is frequently affected by food crises; it now has a policy with ARC

Insurance offers new hope to Africa in fight against drought and natural disasters

A programme run by the African Union hopes to provide member states with immediate aid following catastrophes

Arm’s chips will be used in everything from PCs to driverless cars

Chancing an Arm on the internet of things

From tiny start-up to global tech giant, Arm's success has been spectacular. But now a challenging new market beckons

Ready for Grexit? Protesters gathered in Syntagma Square, in front of the Greek parliament, last week

Greece's month of living dangerously: Who will blink first - Alexis Tsipras or Angela Merkel?

Athens’s quest to secure a new EU deal begins tomorrow. The stakes are high, but when does the money actually run out?

The Week Ahead: London's mining giants are in focus this week

Rio Tinto and Anglo American have finals on Thursday and Friday respectively, while Glencore has a production report on Wednesday

Poundland competes in many fields, from food to DIY, making it hard for regulators to
define

Pound shops take over the high street

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Help to Buy has been widely criticised as an irresponsible ploy for pumping up wider economic confidence

Help to Buy: who has it really helped?

Two years ago George Osborne introduced a dramatic intervention in the housing market, but even the Treasury was sceptical

Tata’s steel works in Port Talbot, Wales

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The Indian conglomerate has become a major presence in the UK economy. Zareer Masani lifts the lid on a firm with a unique way of operating

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Were the 'Guinness Four' victims of anti-Semitism?

A new book claims Jewish businessmen were hung out to dry by the Establishment in the 1980s Guinness share-ramping scandal. So do we need a public inquiry?

Campaign groups estimate that Boots has avoided up to £1.3bn of UK tax (Getty)

The boot is on the other foot: Labour warning has hazardous side-effects for Boots

Boots boss Stefano Pessina wanted to sound a warning about Labour. But instead a light was shone on his firm’s tax affairs

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Anthony Constantinou’s infancy was shattered by tragedy, but he went on to build a multimillion-pound City of London  business. Yet now the shadow of the law hangs over the boss of Capital World Markets, reports Jim Armitage
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USC was put into administration by Sports Direct and was bought back immediately also by Sports Direct, with its £15.3m debts to staff, suppliers and landlords wiped clear
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Ben Chu has the answers
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MP Stella Creasy
Picking a team is fun, says Mark Leftly
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The law on annuities will be changed from April 2016
History has shown that if you propose even a modest reform to the UK’s pension market you’re guaranteed a migraine from the bellyaching, notes James Moore
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Ticket signs at Victoria Station on January 2, 2015 in London, England. Increased rail fares averaging 2.5% come into effect today, pushing the cost of some commuters annual rail fares to more than �5,000. Earlier this week, Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne said that he would not be receiving his annual bonus because of the major rail disruption passengers faced over the Christmas period, which was caused by engineering works that overran.
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The story of Georgiou’s alleged fraud snugly fits the victim narrative so beloved of the country’s government, says Jim Armitage
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The law on annuities will be changed from April 2016
Could pension providers’ loss be small businesses’ gain? David Prosser finds out
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George Osborne was accused of a ‘roller-coaster’ approach to public spending
No ifs or buts, says David Blanchflower: last week’s mean-spirited heartless roller-coaster Budget was designed to smash the state and make the poor poorer.
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What a shame that Next doesn’t do more to share that success with its employees, says James Moore
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Spring breakers enjoy a pool party – but some fear that university debt will soon cripple the US economy
The cost of going to college has fuelled a $1.3trn debt bubble that some experts fear could burst just like the subprime mortgage one did. Andrew Dewson reports on how a degree may no longer be the route to an affluent lifestyle in the US
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Now that George Osborne has finished throwing his confetti of numbers down the aisle of the House of Commons in an attempt to prolong his marriage with a weary nation’s finances, James Moore asks an important question: do they add up?
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People queue at a currency exchange office in Geneva on 15 January, after the shock move by Switzerland’s central bank
The spread-betting giant IG has admitted that it may never claw back most of the £18m lost by its clients after the Swiss scrapped their currency ceiling – and now its credit controls are under scrutiny. Russell Lynch investigates
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George Osborne will present his sixth Budget on Tuesday
Follow the build-up to George Osborne's last pre-election Budget as it happens
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James Moore: it says a lot about the supermarket sector that Sainsbury’s reporting a 1.9 per cent fall in sales at stores open at least a year is being viewed as a good result
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Follow financial markets for long enough and you’ll realise once-in-a-lifetime events are more common than people would have you believe, says James Moore
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Surviving children stand to save an extra £140,000 on a parent's property up to £2 million - which will likely go back into the housing market, says Jim Armitage
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The report by industry body Oil & Gas UK said that it was vital to secure new investment and address the
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Sorrell may be of pensionable age but he buzzed with gusto
If crazy pay wasn’t already a part of the election campaign it surely is now, says James Moore
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George Osborne, the Chancellor, runs the Treasury
The Chancellor should resist the temptation to fiddle with the tax system, says David Prosser
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