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American banks' efforts to foreclosure on millions of delinquent mortgages have been plunged into chaos by a growing scandal over administrative inconsistencies and errors.

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American International Group will hold at least a 30 per cent stake in its Asian life insurance business, AIA Group Ltd, for a year after AIA's listing in Hong Kong next month.

Stephen Foley: Wall Street's habit of 'window dressing' isn't illegal – it's just wrong

US Outlook: Even regulators have taken to using the phrase "window dressing" to describe Wall Street banks' habit of reducing their short-term borrowings for a few days around the end of each quarter, in order to make themselves look less risky than they really are.

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Lloyd is compromised and Jamie is insufferable, so there's an opening for Bob. Among the (very) small number of Wall Street chief executives who steered their firms intact through the financial crisis, there is a competition developing for who will be seen as the industry's top dog.

Market Report: Shire backed as bid target after offer for ERT rival

Shortly after Sanofi-Aventis confirmed rumours of its $18.5bn bid for Genzyme, the market was looking at other potential pharma targets. One big UK-listed name in focus was Shire.

PotashCorp pins hopes on white knight offer

Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan reasserted its opposition to BHP Billiton's $38.5bn (£25bn) takeover bid yesterday, insisting that other companies are waiting to make a counter offer.

Market Report: Traders look to the Fed for holiday season boost

Financial stocks dominated the blue-chip index on what one trader called a "pathetic day for the market" as the silly season continued to drag. The FTSE 100 ended the session 78.1 points higher at 5,410.5. Volumes were weak – less than 300 million shares had been traded halfway through the session – with all eyes on data due to be released on both sides of the Atlantic.

Market Report: Outlook on capital values unsettles property stocks

Commercial property stocks came under pressure last night, with the likes of British Land and Hammerson failing to make any headway as analysts turned their attention to the outlook for capital values.

Leading article: Stressful times continue

Today the stress tests will undergo their own stress tests. The financial markets will respond to the European Union's health check of the Continent's 91 largest banks, whose results were published last Friday night. Of the two, this is the examination that matters more. If investors do not believe the analysis the Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) has produced is credible, the whole exercise will have failed.

Can assessments in Europe repeat the success of those in America?

Europe's chancelleries are clearly hoping that the stress test will result in the same cathartic effect on markets as their US equivalents did in May last year. The turbulence that sparked European banking supervisors into action is worrying everyone.

UKFI appoints Merrill banker to sell shares

The body set up to oversee the Government's stakes in banks that ran into trouble during the financial crisis has appointed a senior investment banker to manage the disposal of those shares.

US banks beat Wall Street forecasts

Citigroup and Bank of America continued the bounce back of US banks yesterday, both following JP Morgan in beating Wall Street's earnings expectations.

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