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Shell saves $600m on gas deal with Repsol

Royal Dutch Shell has saved $600m (£362m) on a deal to buy rival Repsol’s liquefied natural gas assets in Trinidad, Peru and Spain. The supermajor had agreed to buy the portfolio for $4.4bn last February, but will now only be spending $3.8bn on Repsol’s LNG work outside of North America.

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General Re pays pounds 100m for DP Mann

GENERAL RE, the giant US reinsurer being taken over by Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffett's (pictured) investment firm, has agreed to buy DP Mann Holdings, a UK insurer, for around pounds 100m.

Eddie faces some tough choices

IF A week is a long time in politics, the last month must seem like an age to the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC). The monetary nine are back from their hols and the world looks a very different place from the way it did when they last met at the beginning of August.

Wells Fargo and Norwest announce pounds 21bn merger

TWO MORE US banks have announced plans to tie the knot, the fourth multi-billion-pound deal in the industry since April.

Personal Finance: Follow the sage and invest in another hobby

The Jonathan Davis column

Biggest isn't best, warns the Sage of Omaha

WARREN Buffett, America's second-richest man and arguably the world's most successful investor, is sceptical about the recent wave of mega mergers between banks and brokers, even though he owns shares in one of the groups affected.

The Midas of middle America finds silver lining in the markets

IN THE NEWS; WARREN BUFFETT

Guru's U-turn keeps market on the alert

WARREN BUFFETT, the legendary US investor who warned last year that American stock prices were too high, appears to have changed his mind and is now saying the market rally has been justified because of low interest rates and the "remarkable" equity returns achieved by companies.

Personal Finance: Follow Buffett into bonds

What a week! New high ground for the stock market. Not just here - but in America, too. It makes you wonder what all the panic was about when Asia was falling about our ears last year.

Buffett polishes the silver

Scott Schnipper and Martin Howell on the metal's return to favour

Buffett caught up in silver price row

Warren Buffett, arguably the world's most famous investor, was plunged into controversy last night after it emerged that a commodity trader which is fighting allegations of manipulation of the silver market brokered deals for the US billionaire.

Business Outlook: Sage of Omaha gets a bit of the Bunker mentality

Warren Buffett makes an unlikely Nelson Bunker Hunt, the last man who tried to corner the silver market. Even so, the Sage of Ohmaha's disclosure that he has amassed 20 per cent of the world's supplies of the Cinderella metal had a predictably electrifying effect yesterday. The London silver price fix was set at its highest level in nearly a decade after shooting through $7 an ounce on the back of overnight Far East trading. As sure as night follows day, copycat buyers will be lured into the market on the basis that what's good for Berkshire Hathaway must be good for them.

Salomon traders sweat

Analysts expect merger to cost up to 1,500 jobs. David Usborne reports from New York

Warren Buffett has never had a bad year, so when he sells it is time to watch out

The Jonathan Davis Column Reports this week that the famous American investor Warren Buffett has been selling some of his shares and has been buying $10bn of zero coupon bonds instead are the kind of development that every investor ought to stop and ponder hard.

Take an interest in catastrophe

The next earthquake to hit California could send shock waves through the portfolios of bond investors, if a new kind of investment known as catastrophe bonds catches on.
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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

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Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

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The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

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Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

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Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

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Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

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