Mark Leftly: It’s the other side of the world and still Serco casts a shadow

Westminster Outlook I write this from Sydney, as part of the press pack trailing our Prime Minister on a three- city tour of eastern Australia. Given the hype, it’s easy to think that the G20 is currently to Australia what the Olympics was to us only a couple of years ago.

Mark Leftly: It should be a summit for growth but the G20 will be knocked off course

Westminster Outlook The front pages of two of Australia’s biggest newspapers yesterday showed what this weekend’s G20 meeting of economic powers, accounting for 85 per cent of global GDP, should be worrying about – and what they are really worrying about.

Jim Armitage: Barclays and Montreal pension-fund fiasco

Outlook While Barclays has been grafting away with the regulators to keep down the cost of its various punishments, I hear it has just quietly paid $500m (£316m) to Canadian investors after a judge declared it behaved negligently and fraudulently over a complex financial bet it created, which exploded during the financial crisis.

Jim Armitage: Their flexible friend - the rules as applied to miscreant banks

Outlook Next time you get a parking ticket, don’t forget to phone the council and start negotiating down the fine. If you can afford it, you might want to get a bunch of lawyers to do this on your behalf.

Hamish McRae: Revised inflation figures mean the outlook is still dismal for savers

Economic View: In the US by contrast the mood has shifted towards a rise in interest rates coming quite soon

Traders in the City of London were found to have manipulated prices

Shame in the City: £2.6bn fine leaves London’s reputation in tatters

In one of the darkest days in the histories of the City and Wall Street, six major banks were have been fined a total of £2.6bn by regulators. A seventh, Barclays, is still in talks over the size of its penalty. 

Pay day lenders: What you need to know

Video: With interest rates on pay day loans to be capped at 0.8% a day, Simon Read provides you with all the information you need to know

James Moore: Expanding Heathrow will hurt – but so do vaccinations

Outlook The Airports Commission is back, this time with an assessment of the costs of the three shortlisted bids for expansion in London: a third runaway at Heathrow, a second at Gatwick, and the expansion and split of the northern runway at Heathrow. Guess what? They’re going to be much more expensive than their backers’ estimates. That, sadly, is in the nature of these big infrastructure projects, particularly in this country.

James Moore: Don’t yawn, it’s time we moved governance up a gear

Outlook At its heart the slow pace of progress in getting more women into the boardroom is down to governance failings. The problems at Tesco are the biggest, and arguably ugliest, current example. If you’re the sort of person whose eyes glaze over when the “g” word is used, just read some of the cuttings generated by the supermarket that’s eating itself. What to do? The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) has some ideas, having decided that the UK corporate governance code is showing its age after 20 years.

James Moore: Boards would easily find enough capable women to fill a quota

Outlook Roll out the bunting, unfurl the banners, put up the flags: it’s another victory for Lord Davies and Vince Cable. The Business Secretary and the former businessman-turned-campaigner have managed to cut the list of 28 companies named and shamed for their all?male boards down to, erm, 27.

A person walks through the City of London during the early morning rush hour in London

Chris Blackhurst: The rewards are too high for banks to change their ways

Midweek View: More and more the banks come to resemble recalcitrant teenagers sneering and saying 'whatever' every time an attempt is made to bring them back into line

To control inflation, we need to stop obsessing about it

It is hard to claim that inflation policy under any government has been a great success

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker gestures during a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday

Jean-Claude Juncker must address sweetheart tax deals he ignored in the past

Outlook: The Netherlands also plays the cynical game of attracting wealthy corporations by helping them to evade - oops, avoid - tax

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

Gamekeeper Mark Carney has further rules for poachers

Outlook: There is another way of dealing with the 'too big to fail' conundrum, and that is by forcing a break up of bloated groups like HSBC

Russell Lynch: City’s eyes will be on muddy waters

“Need liquidity? Traditional banks not a good option? Have a stock portfolio? You could sell some of your holdings to raise cash.”

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