Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun speaks at a launch ceremony of Xiaomi Phone 4, in Beijing on 22 July, 2014

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Miranda Pode says boards could do more to promote diversity but that women also need to break free of their own

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Britain's most influential headhunter says it won't take quotas, just persuasion, for a quarter of the UK's top firms to employ female chiefs

Mulberry can recover from a disappointing year

Playing the markets: Our 2015 ten to follow for share success

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Flash boys in the City's dark pools love to Babble in the latest buzzwords. Richard Northedge necknominates the highs and lows of last year's jargon

Singers from office choirs open a day’s trading on the London Stock Exchange earlier this year

Predictions: The FTSE 100 faded in 2014 - but what will it do in 2015?

Pundits’ expectations of a record high for the FTSE 100 in 2014 faded in the autumn gloom. Jamie Dunkley, Russell Lynch and Oscar Williams-Grut canvas opinion on the year ahead

Alibaba founder Jack Ma – now the richest person in China – waits for his company’s stock to go live on the floor at the New York Stock Exchange in September

US business review of 2014: Thriving markets receive biggest boost from China

Google continued to morph into a  hard-nosed corporate master

In 2014, Tesco lost half its value

Business review of 2014: Tescopoly no more - Britain’s year of corporate turmoil

Seven years on from the onset of the credit crunch hopes were high for the economy in 2014

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

Rocket Internet’s founder Oliver Samwer, centre, with the incubator’s chief executive and finance director when it listed in October

Rocket Internet: Attack of the online clones

The German-based start-up factory has churned out more than 100 businesses in recent years. And now it’s looking to replicate its success here

The Uber app allows passengers to hail a taxi with a smartphone

Uber beefs up lobbying efforts in Europe to replicate US success

Car-booking service Uber is facing down the cabbies’ protests it has attracted worldwide by recruiting lobbyists to push for law changes

Small Talk: The high failure rate for start-ups can be reduced by better support

Data from Companies House suggests 2014 will prove to have been a record year for start-ups: by the end of October, just short of 500,000 new businesses had been incorporated since the beginning of the year, 63,000 more than at the same time last year, itself a record year for launches.

Mark Carney inside the Bank of England in Threadneedle Street, London

Mark Carney interview: ‘We need to keep to tradition. At the same time we need to modernise’

The James Ashton Interview: The charismatic Canadian is now 18 months into his stint as Governor of the Bank of England. So how does he think he’s doing?

Gucci’s spring/summer 2015 collection was launched in Milan in September

The new Gucci: not for everyone

The power couple who ran Gucci have gone, and in comes an insider charged with making the designer label even more exclusive

The Ferrari factory in Maranello churns out cars whose high-end credentials could be diluted by the diversification championed by chairman Sergio Marchionne

Has Ferrari got lost driving to market?

As the Italian marque prepares to float, it is also ‘fleeing to London’ and putting its famous badge on products such as netbooks. Sean O’Grady asks if it risks losing its cachet

Maksim Bakiyev was found guilty of attempted murder in Kyrgyzstan
As writs fly over an alleged murder attempt, campaigners are also questioning UK property laws. Jim Armitage reports on a Kyrgyz millionaire now living in London
European Union flags fly outside the European Commission building in Brussels, Belgium.
Business backs the Tories. That’s the message more than 100 business leaders wanted you to hear with their open letter. James Moore is sceptical
While about £7bn has been cut from working age benefits by the Coalition, spending on pensioners has risen by a similar amount, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies
Most bosses don’t want to get directly involved in commenting on party policies, not least because they may have to deal with whichever party prevails at the election, says Ben Chu
Chief executive Tidjane Thiam received £11.8m, an increase of more than a third over the previous year. James Moore reports
Alliance Trust’s shares closed flat at 523.5p
Help, help, the wolves of Wall Street are after us! At least that’s how Alliance Trust is telling it, says James Moore
Tax on a typical North Sea oil field is now 50 per cent – as it was in 2010
Financial markets have generally assumed lower oil prices are good for asset prices, resulting from the positive effect on growth and lower inflation which extends the period of low interest rates. In reality, the large movement in oil prices has the potential to create significant financial instability, especially in debt markets, says Satyajit Das
Philip Smith quit RSA in November 2013, calling the internal investigation ‘fundamentally flawed’
The former chief executive, Philip Smith, is taking the insurer to a Dublin employment tribunal for constructive dismissal. Joe Brennan reports on the scandal that triggered the biggest sell-off in the company’s shares for almost a decade.
‘Too much delay’: Louise Ellman, chair of the Commons Transport Committee
Holey Corporate Governance! is how one law firm describes professional services outfit Quindell, in a nod to the classic 1960s Batman TV-show, writes James Moore
The Louis Vuitton store in Austria had its windows smashed by protesters last year
If there is any lesson to be learnt from the high-profile arrest of the billionaire gas tycoon Dmitry Firtash, it is this: watch where you do your luxury shopping in Vienna, says Jim Armitage
The assumption that women are not as competent in leadership positions as men are leads to increased stress in the workplace
There has been progress in boosting female entrepreneurship in recent years, but nowhere near enough, says David Prosser
Ben Bernanke said deflation was usually caused by a collapse in demand
It seems likely the UK will become the 23rd European country to catch the deflation disease, says David Blanchflower
A piece of the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Donetsk
Last year was more expensive for air disasters than any year since 2001. Jamie Dunkley examines the cost to the underwriters of aviation risk
The rise in the number of whistleblowers is impressive whichever way you look at it, says James Moore
The institution is now controlled not by a co-operative but by hedge funds, where these sort of payments are par for the course, says James Moore
The Treasury Select Committee will today take one of its last chances before Parliament’s dissolution to bowl another bouncer at the chest of the Financial Conduct Authority. James Moore on why we must watch over our watchmen
Princess Anne talks to Anthony Constantinou at the London Boat Show
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
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
We’ve known for a while that Sports Direct sails close to the wind in terms of its business practices. After the performance of its chairman, James Moore says a more apt metaphor might be that it has been dancing with a hurricane
Ben Chu has the answers
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Picking a team is fun, says Mark Leftly
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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