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.

Jeremy Warner: Barclays mulls £50bn of asset protection

Outlook Lloyds Banking Group is said to be stamping its feet in rage over the penalty terms of participation in the Government's Asset Protection Scheme. Regrettably for the chief executive, Eric Daniels, he has little option but to bend over and take what ever punishment the civil servants choose to impose. There is no point in him bleating that the Government owes him one for helping out with HBOS. He bought into a pig in a poke when he merged with the beleaguered mortgage bank, and he now has to live with the all too brutal consequences.

Margareta Pagano: Fraud Office probe is the only way to rebuild confidence

We can't rely on anyone else to sort out the banks

£325bn: Taxpayers' exposure to RBS losses

The Government agreed yesterday to inject up to £25.5bn of extra capital into Royal Bank of Scotland as part of its plan to insure the stricken banking giant against future losses.

Murray pulls out with virus

Andy Murray today withdrew from the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships after coming down with a virus.

The worst business loss in UK history

Royal Bank of Scotland came a step closer to full-scale nationalisation today as the bank unveiled a record £24.1 billion loss and plans to raise up to £25.5 billion from the taxpayer.

RBS to be split in two under five-year reconstruction plan

’Good bank’ and ‘bad bank’ to be created under radical restructuring

RBS looks to sell ABN Asia and Charter One

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is looking to sell Asian and US assets bought by Sir Fred Goodwin in the two biggest acquisitions he made as chief executive of the now-stricken bank.

Murray beats Nadal in Rotterdam final

Andy Murray beat world number one Rafael Nadal to win the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in a scrappy encounter at Rotterdam's Ahoy Arena.

Martin Vander Weyer: Five simple rules to avoid the next crash

The show trials of bankers have been entertaining enough, but what have we learnt that can stop history repeating itself?

My Week: John McFall

The chair of the Treasury Select Committee looks back at a week of apologies from the major players in the banking world

Sport In Brief: 14/02/2009

Bradford fail to land Bird after visa is refused

Bradford's season has been thrown into disarray on the eve of their opening Super League match by the refusal of a visa to Greg Bird. The State of Origin stand-off had applied to join the Bulls before a court case in April, where he will face charges of wounding, assault and lying to the police.

Murray sets up Ancic clash

Andy Murray will face Mario Ancic for a place in the final of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam tomorrow after Marc Gicquel retired in the third set of their quarter-final.

£10bn loss at HBOS stuns City markets

Lloyds Banking Group stunned the City today after warning of £10 billion in annual losses at struggling HBOS.

Murray takes error-strewn tie

Britain's Andy Murray battled his way into the quarter-finals of the ABN AMRO Tournament in Rotterdam yesterday with a 7-6, 7-5 victory in an error-strewn meeting with Andreas Seppi in Rotterdam.

Murray suprised by Rusedski return talk

British number one Andy Murray expects Greg Rusedski to struggle following suggestions he will come out of retirement.

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