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Two of the world's largest banks suspended, or put on leave, traders in London and New York yesterday as part of an investigation into alleged manipulation of the trillion-dollar currency market.

Questions Of Cash: 'Nationwide held on to my ISA for six months'

Q. A couple of years ago you helped with a large debt from O2 Ireland. As a result of your help, O2 Ireland stopped making demands for an old disputed mobile phone bill. But now my mother in County Cork has received a demand from debt collectors for €1,180.34 (£1,060), addressed to me. MR, London.

Market Report: Centrica flares higher on payout hopes

Earnings hopes supported Centrica as the FTSE 100, hit by another round of weakness in the mining sector, traded lower last night.

Change of tune at EMI

Guy Hands' Terra Firma has endured a torrid time since its acquisition of EMI. Now it is changing its management. Nick Clark reports

McCartney backs bid to save Abbey Road studios

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney told of his hopes that the famous Abbey Road Studios could be saved after reportedly being put up for sale by owner EMI.

World famous Abbey Road recording studios up for sale

London's iconic Abbey Road recording studios have been put up for sale by embattled music group EMI, it was reported today

Hit turns to miss as Hands sues Citigroup over EMI deal

Terra Firma's boss says he bought the now struggling music company for a 'fraudulently inflated' £4.2bn.

Citi hits back as Hands tries to block trial move

Terra Firma founder argues that his case against bank should be held in New York not London

Big bonuses at Citigroup despite huge losses

Citigroup, the embattled American bank, yesterday unveiled huge losses for the second year in a row. The bank said it shed $1.6bn last year after it plunged into the red in the fourth quarter, largely thanks to repaying $6bn of US government support.

'Enormous progress' as bank loses £4.7bn

US banking giant Citigroup reported a full-year loss today but hailed "enormous progress in 2009".

Market Report: Cairn lifted by hopes for Greenland drilling

Cairn Energy stood out as the FTSE 100 touched a new 16-month high yesterday, with buyers outnumbering sellers amid hopes for the oil and gas prospector's foray into Greenland.

Market Report: Smiths grounded after airports boost

Smiths Group fell prey to a round of profit-taking last night as traders moved to secure recent gains, believing that the potential boost from the scramble for airport scanners might prove to be relatively limited.

Russian miner turns to Citi in $9bn flotation

Citi, the investment bank, will help to lead the London listing of the Russian coal giant Suek, one of a number of huge initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2010.

What's on the books for 2010

As the US, bastion of free market capital, pumps another $3.8bn into the car loans giant GMAC, Stephen Foley reports on the unfinished business of the crunch

Stephen Foley: When will Citigroup pay for its sins?

US Outlook: Surely this week's fund-raising debacle is the final straw for shareholders, when it comes to their tolerance of Vikram Pandit's incompetent leadership at Citigroup?

Citi shares dive on botched sale

Shareholders and analysts have reacted angrily to Citigroup's botched $20.5bn (£12.5bn) fundraising, in which poor demand from investors drove the banking giant's share price sharply lower and left the US government unable to sell any of its stake.

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