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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.

FTSE to track UK Plc firms

Canary Wharf group pitches plan for shares list of companies who predominately operate in Britain
A man watches protests against austerity in Lisbon, Portugal

Believe it or not, Europe could be a winner for investors

Negative headlines shouldn't mean investors have to shun the eurozone.

Market Report: Takeover worries give CWW investors the jitters

Long-suffering punters in Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) are getting the jitters. Last week their spirits were sky-high after it was revealed that – having already had the put-up-or-shut-up deadline extended three times – Vodafone had decided to make a bid for the telecoms firm.

Leading article: Only part of the way to resolving the euro crisis

All of Europe cannot be cut back at once without sucking the life out of the economy

Robert Jenkins: Basel II proved to be inadequate, so are the new rules really 'too severe'?

The pre-crisis Basel rules required less than 1 per cent of loss-absorbing capability for a mortgage with no money down

Simon English: Flexibility is key, especially if you are the Chancellor

Politicians have long got it into their heads that the public most admire politicians of total conviction. U-turns are for wimps. Regrets are for fools. Saying "I'm not sure, what do you think?" is deemed professional suicide, even if that's what good professionals in other spheres say 20 times a day.

Spain raises new debt, but market fears remain

Spain cleared a hurdle in the capital markets yesterday as it successfully issued new debt at an auction. But analysts continued to warn that Madrid's borrowing costs remain too high to be sustainable.

Spain feels the pain of higher borrowing costs

Panicking investors sent Spain's cost of borrowing above 6 per cent yesterday, pushing the country closer towards a bailout.

Spain's bond yield jumps above 6%

Spain's cost of borrowing on the international debt markets rose sharply again today, increasing worries it may become the latest member of the eurozone to seek a financial bailout.

Cytec snaps up Formula One composite maker

Umeco, the manufacturer behind the strong but light composite material used to build every Formula One car on the grid, was yesterday sold to a rival for £274m.

FTSE cautious over eurozone crisis

Unsettled investors moved cautiously around the London market today after renewed fears over the eurozone debt crisis triggered a massive sell-off across the globe.

EU credit rating reform in tatters

Commissioner Michel Barnier is forced to step back from plans to make bond-issuers rotate agencies

US charges six Chinese citizens with insider trading

The US government froze the assets of six Chinese citizens and one company charged with trading on confidential information that a China-based pork processor, Zhongpin Inc, was about to go private.

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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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