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JPMorgan chief says virtual currency faces major regulatory hurdles

SEC officials investigated over insider-trading claims

Wall Street's main regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is fighting for survival after failing to spot the bubble in the credit markets or Bernard Madoff's record-breaking fraud, now faces an insider trading scandal to add to its woes. Two senior employees are under investigation by the FBI for allegedly using insider information to trade stocks, according to a leaked internal SEC report.

$441 on bagels: credit card bill details Madoff family's largesse

Investigators reveal how convicted fraudster and his relatives ran up huge bills

Secretary tells all on Madoff's downfall

Bernard Madoff, the former tycoon who admitted to one of the world's largest financial frauds, was the sort of boss who occasionally made lewd references even while zipping up his flies after a toilet break, his former secretary writes in an article to be published in Vanity Fair this week.

Horlick hits back as Tchenguiz prepares a coup

In the wake of the Madoff scandal and plummeting returns, the redoubtable fund manager is fighting for her reputation. Nick Clark reports

Bramdean investors consider Takeover Panel

Disgruntled shareholders in troubled Bramdean, "City Superwoman" Nicola Horlick's quoted investment fund, are considering approaching the Takeover Panel after news emerged that the fund has received a takeover approach.

Citigroup faces down furious investors

With the threat of partial nationalisation looming ever closer, Citigroup shareholders assembled yesterday for a furious and fractious meeting when directors, past and present, were subjected to boos, hissing and abuse.

America wants to see Ruth Madoff behind bars

The jets and boats have been seized, her jewels may be next and she is ostracised by her high-society friends. But America wants more: to see Ruth Madoff behind bars

James Lawton: Mickelson stretches his fans’ belief in holy grail

Poor round challenges gallery’s ability to hold firm in support of favourite’s drive to usurp Woods.

City scams target redundancy pay-offs, FSA warns

Sacked workers are falling victim to investment scams which falsely promise big returns on redundancy payouts, the City regulator warns today. Millions of pounds in compensation risk being sucked into Bernie Madoff-style Ponzi schemes uncovered by the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

US officials seize Madoff fishing boat in Florida

US officials in Florida today seized a 56-foot sports fishing boat belonging to disgraced Wall Street financier Bernard Madoff, which was docked at a local marina, a marina employee said.

Ruth Madoff took $2m from London office before collapse

Serious Fraud Office investigates UK arm of Madoff's business

SFO investigates massive property fraud against banks

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is investigating a massive alleged property investment fraud against several banks that has already cost Allied Irish Banks £56m.

Hit & Run: How to live long and prosper

The world's oldest person, Sakhan Dosova, a mother of 10 from Kazakhstan, celebrating her 130th birthday tomorrow, puts her longevity down to her sense of humour. "I don't have any special secret," she says, modestly. "I've never taken pills, and I've never eaten sweets." Sounds simple, doesn't it?

Madoff accountant faces jail term

The accountant for Bernard Madoff has become the second person to be charged over Wall Street's biggest swindle. David Friehling faces up to 105 years in jail for criminal fraud, and his family firm, Friehling & Horowitz, also faces civil charges by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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