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In 1990 interest rates were at 15 per cent. You didn't need to be brain of Britain to know that rates at that level were not going to last. It should be easy, therefore, to look at interest rates today – standing at 0.5 per cent – and see this must be the bottom of the interest rate cycle, with little chance of them remaining at record lows in the medium to long term.

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Spain given an extra year by Brussels to slash deficit

Beleaguered Spain was handed a lifeline by the European Commission (EC) yesterday as the nation was given an extra year to slash its deficit.

Spain thrown lifeline by Brussels with extra year to cut deficit

Relief for Madrid as fears over banks see country's borrowing costs at their highest since it joined euro

Spain 'shuffling towards the abyss'

The prospect of a multibillion-euro bailout for Spain increased today as the country's borrowing costs edged up on fears over its beleaguered banking sector.

Hedge fund manager who lied about losses fined £3m

A hedge fund manager accused by the Financial Services Authority of lying to investors about "catastrophic losses" has been fined a record £3m by the watchdog.

Hedge fund 'liar' Alberto Micalizzi fined record £3m and banned

A London hedge fund manager accused by the Financial Services Authority of lying to investors about "catastrophic losses" has been fined a record £3m by the watchdog.

Lying hedge fund boss Alberto Micalizzi fined £3m

A hedge fund boss who is accused of covering up losses of 390 million US dollars (£250 million) was facing a record £3 million fine from the City watchdog today.

Doubts arise over Madrid's ability to prop up its banks

Spain seemed to be moving closer to an official bailout yesterday as the country's borrowing costs soared and doubts over the ability of the Madrid government to prop up its ravaged banking sector multiplied.

Spain moves closer to bailout as borrowing costs hit new records

Fears mount over Madrid's ability to shore up its banking sector

Markets cautious over Spain fears

European markets remained in a fragile mood today with the euro dropping to near 11-month lows on concerns about Spain's ailing banking sector following the announcement of bailout plans for troubled lender Bankia.

Warm weather stifled sales at House of Fraser

House of Fraser has blamed warm weather, the consumer downturn and costs associated with opening a new distribution centre for a sharp fall in its profits last year.

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Investment groups rev up Formula One float

Formula One's share flotation rolled on to the starting grid yesterday as venture capitalist CVC sold a $1.6bn (£1bn) stake in the business to three investment groups including BlackRock.

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Diary: What price to dine with the Prime Minister?

Donations of £250,000 a year will buy you dinner with David Cameron, the Conservative Party co-treasurer Peter Cruddas told undercover reporters in March. He had to resign as soon as his words – which Mr Cameron described as "completely unacceptable" – appeared in The Sunday Times.

Barclays to sell $6bn stake in US fund manager

Barclays is to sell its entire $6.1bn (£3.8bn) stake in the US fund manager BlackRock, which it has held for almost three years since selling Barclays Global Investors (BGI) to the Americans.

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