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Britain's oldest private-equity firm has written down the value of its investment in the retailer Hobbs because of poor trading over the festive period.

Carole Waugh (right) had lent money to Rakesh Bhayani (left) and threatened to expose his double life

Carole Waugh murder: 'Mad Indian gambler' Rakesh Bhayani killed rich, lonely escort to pay off his debts

41-year-old convicted of stabbing Ms Waugh and trying to sell her London flat

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Geneva

Oil prices fall in wake of Iran nuclear deal

Brent crude fell as much as $3 a barrel to a four-week low of $108.50

Barclays introduces 'role-based' pay scheme for top bankers to counter EU bonus cap rules

Role-based pay will be set at the beginning of the year paid in 12 instalments

TUC rebukes institutions for failing to rebel on pay

The TUC has sharply criticised institutional investors in the wake of this year’s passive AGM season compared to the repeated rebellions over pay seen in the 2012 “shareholder spring”.

The Week Ahead: Pig meat producer Cranswick can bring home the bacon

Investors will be hoping the pig meat producer Cranswick can bring home the bacon when it reveals first-half results.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 21 November 2013

Tesla electric cars made safer

Royal Mail IPO adviser tells clients to 'sell' the stock ahead of MPs grilling

Swiss bank UBS says market is 'overestimating margin upside'

Sir Hector Sants today announced he will not be returning to Barclays

Sir Hector Sants quits Barclays as he falls victim to stress

Compliance chief steps down from £3m role after month's sick leave

More than 2,000 people have put in offers on homes during the first month of the Help to Buy scheme

More than 2,000 use Help to Buy mortgage scheme

More than 2,000 people have put in offers on homes during the first month of the Help to Buy scheme, under which the taxpayer guarantees up to 15 per cent of mortgages, David Cameron will say today.

Barclays' chief economist joins Bank to shore up forecasting

Barclay's chief economist, Simon Hayes, has been hired by the Bank of England to head up its forecasting team.

Sir Hector Sants forced to quit Barclays temporarily due to stress

Sir Hector Sants, one of the most senior bankers of his generation, today became the latest top executive forced to quit temporarily due to stress.

Five Questions About: Help to buy

Is this the government's housing market boost?

The Green Deal Finance Company offer up to £10,000 to cover the cost of the work which is then paid back over 20 years through energy bills

Exclusive: Government's 'Green Deal' energy efficiency scheme is so ‘complex’ it deters homeowners from signing up

Just £3.4m of the initial £244m in funding has been allocated as take-up numbers disappoint

The Week Ahead: Quadrise shares on course for new leap

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Investors turned detectives last month when an unexplained leap in alternative fuel producer Quadrise Fuels could not be explained by management. The group, which supplies fuel to global shipping, refining and steam and power generation markets, has been winning new contracts and recently signed a deal with Mærsk to supply it with fuel oil. Its results today could be another reason for the share price to rise.

The Business Matrix: Saturday 4 October 2013

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