News Josef Ackermann spoke of ‘shock’ at the suspected suicide of his colleague

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.

Aviva fires starting gun on Dutch float

Insurer will have a formidable war chest after Amsterdam listing of unit

Scotland puts a brave face on a slip in reputation

A global poll sees Edinburgh slide behind Dublin as a financial centre, but, as Simon Evans reports from the Scottish capital, the city is fighting back

Bidders chosen for £1bn offshore links tender

Thirteen companies are in the running to buy £1.15bn-worth of electricity transmission links to nine offshore windfarms as part of a £15bn plan to improve competition in the UK's green energy infrastructure.

Simon Evans: Turner's antidote would kill, not cure, the City

It's nearly one year since US powerbrokers allowed the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Wall Street investment bank, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. Lehman had gambled on the continued climb of property values, placing giant bets in the US mortgage market. Such a strategy was always doomed to fail, but it's easy to be clever after the event.

David Prosser: Everyone is an activist these days

Outlook New guidance on shareholder activism from the Financial Services Authority closes down one more excuse that institutional investors have used to explain their failure to properly exercise shareholder responsibilities.

Seb Josse wins Open 60 Fastnet Race

A quiet Frenchman, one of whose previous trips through the Western Approaches to Britain was filled with tragedy, and a compatriot known as Jeff, had the biggest smiles in Plymouth today at the end of the Rolex Fastnet Race.

Rothschild's Atticus to close two of its three hedge funds

Atticus Capital, the transatlantic hedge fund co-chaired by Nathaniel Rothschild, is handing back $3bn to its investors and shutting down two of its three funds.

Bob Diamond: The £50m banker with a taste for golf and bonuses

"I wake up every day with a smile on my face. My job is about helping people." So said Bob Diamond, describing his love of his job at a Barclays results presentation before the financial world changed forever.

Santander shows benefits of string of British deals

Banco Santander's boast about its "conservative lending policy" appeared to bear fruit yesterday as the Spanish group, which owns several British lenders, reported a sharp increase in profits.

Margareta Pagano: Dear Sir David ... the only code our boardrooms need is a code of honour

Britain's boardrooms will soon have as many codes to break as GCHQ.

Meinertzhagen to take adviser post at Oriel Securities

Peter Meinertzhagen, one of the City’s most respected corporate brokers, is returning to the Square Mile as an adviser to Oriel Securities, the fast-growing stock-broking firm.

The banker who felt he could not go on

Huibert Boumeester seemed to have it all. But the loss of his high-powered job was a devastating blow to his pride – and drove him to suicide

Missing banker found dead

A Dutch financier who went missing after leaving his job at troubled banking group ABN Amro has been found dead in woodland.

Search for armed banker

Fears were growing last night for a former City financier who has been missing since Monday and believed to be in the possession of two shotguns.

Official: RBS is the world's worst bank

Bank comes bottom in survey of 1,000 financial institutions with $59.3bn loss
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Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

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