News The life expectancy of baby girls born in some parts of England has exceeded 100 years for the first time

Children born in one northern town can reportedly expect – on average – to live to 105

Donations to charity fall by £70m

The recession and a squeeze on household incomes is hitting donations to charities, which are down £70m on last year.

Choose wisely to reap career rewards

Selecting the right business Masters course isn’t as simple as you think, warns Helena Pozniak

Stefan Stern: Who wants to go to work every day and find it's like The Apprentice?

The sort of solidarity shown by some union members this week is rare

Stefan Stern: Behind corporate walls, the masters of the universe weep

The stories I have been told are of secret grief and hidden angst bursting out in an extraordinary way. But the silence is at last being broken, the unsayable said

The specialist sector where the sky is the limit

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

Schroders, founded in 1804, sold up to Citigroup in 2000, but its alumni keep popping up in the FTSE 100. Sean Farrell reports

The 10 big investment mistakes

Greed and fear can throw your judgement awry, says Jennifer Hill

When the Vampire Squid met The Nuns

Goldman Sachs is trying to put the financial crisis behind it, but its critics won't leave it alone. Sean Farrell reports

Postgrad Lives: 'Our professors have invited some great speakers'

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

Adair Turner also calls for a greater focus on risks of the 'shadow banking' system

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

Cass Business School

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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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Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

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The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

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The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

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Clothing the gap

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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