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Josef Ackermann, the chairman of Switzerland’s top-ranking Zurich Insurance Group and a former head of Deutsche Bank, has stepped down with immediate effect following the suspected suicide of the company’s chief financial officer.

NZ government will honour Emirates Team deal

Gritting its teeth and clearly unhappy, the New Zealand government has confirmed it will honour a pledge by the previous administration to support Emirates Team New Zealand’s challenge for the 2013 America’s Cup.

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With the tulips coming out and the canals perfect for a stroll, this water-laced city looks pretty in spring.

Murray crashes to straight-sets loss in first match back after break

Andy Murray crashed out in the first round of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam last night after a straight-sets loss to Marcos Baghdatis.

The banks must be broken apart

Merely ring-fencing the retail and investment sectors doesn't go far enough, argues Geoffrey Lewis

RBS finally checks out of The Priory

Royal Bank of Scotland is finally selling the care specialist Priory Group in a deal worth up to £925m.

Bank sells rehab clinics in £925m deal

A chain of private rehab clinics best known for helping wean celebrities off their addictions has been sold to private equity in a deal worth up to £925 million, it was announced today.

Merger Monday sees rainmakers return to form

Four major deals in one day could signal a comeback for M&A activity. Richard Northedge reports

David Prosser: What we need to know now about Lord Turner's embarrassing U-turn

Outlook So watch them squirm. The Financial Services Authority's most senior executives have spent the best part of a fortnightdefending theirdecisions not to take action against the Royal Bank of Scotland executives who led the bank to the brink of collapse and not to publish the report on the episode that led them to that conclusion. Yesterday, Lord Turner, the FSA's chairman, found himself unable to hold the party line any longer. Assuming that RBS can be persuaded to play ball, he promised that an edited account of the affair would be published before March.

Margareta Pagano: The fat banker and his HK$1m bet

Publish and be damned: The Government should make public the FSA's report into the Royal Bank of Scotland collapse

Julian Knight: Integrity isn't just the absence of corruption

I want to discuss the Kremlin – as the headquarters of Royal Bank of Scotland was nicknamed under the leadership of the disgraced banker Sir Fred "The Shred" Goodwin. As you can probably guess, it wasn't a jolly place.

Incompetent, but not corrupt: the final word on Goodwin's RBS

His disastrous strategy may have brought Royal Bank of Scotland to its knees, recording the worst corporate losses in UK history, while he still picked up a lucrative pension pot, but yesterday Sir Fred Goodwin was cleared by the City watchdog of breaking any rules.

RBS bosses cleared of fraud

The City watchdog today ruled out action against former bosses at Royal Bank of Scotland after finding no evidence of fraud or dishonest activity in the lead-up to the financial crisis.

UK manufacturing enjoys boost to exports

Further evidence of unexpectedly strong momentum in the private sector arrived yesterday with the publication of the latest survey of business confidence in manufacturing.

James Moore: Santander looks like it's catching a very nasty cold from the Spanish flu

Outlook Have the wheels fallen off Banco Santander? This is the bank, remember, that incredibly brushed off the credit crunch as if it were an elephant having a minor problem with an irritating mosquito.

The Business On... Alessandro Profumo, Chief executive, UniCredit

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