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MBAs in Islamic finance are a good investment in the current economic climate, says Widget Finn

The ancient British bank that breeds blue-chip chairmen

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Deyan Mihov, 24, is about to start the third term of a one-year MSc in investment management at Cass Business School, part of City University in London. Before starting at Cass, and after finishing school in Bulgaria, he did a Bachelors degree, in business administration, at The Hague University in the Netherlands, which included a semester at the California Institute of Finance.

'We didn't bottle it': watchdog defends 'transformative' plans

Call for big banks to hold more capital against losses but retail-investment split resisted

Banking rules are not strong enough, warns FSA's chairman

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Business Diary: Turner hones his CV for Bank job

Adair Turner will be a busy Lord over the next couple of days. Tonight in a speech at Cass Business School, the chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) is tackling the thorny issue of banks that are too big to fail and other challenges for financial stability. Tomorrow is his big set-piece event of the year, in which he sets out the FSA's views on macro-economic and financial trends. Come to think of it, these are just the mix of credentials you would need to become the next Bank of England Governor when Mervyn King steps down in 2013. The two-year job application starts here.

If you're going to live to 100 – check your pension plan

Ten million of us will be centenarians – andas lives lengthen, retirement income is more important than ever

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Sean O'Grady: Economy won't win even if football does come home

Would hosting the 2018 World Cup be in the national interest? It is hard to be definitive, but talk of a boost to the economy should be taken with a pinch of salt. There are few, if any, instances of major international sporting events (or celebrations such as royal weddings or jubilees) turning economic tides, either at the time or in the longer term. England's heroic 1966 Wembley win was followed 18 months later by an economic crisis and devaluation of sterling. By contrast, football failure in the 1980s was accompanied by economic revival.

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