News The more modern town of Salford, where the latest investment of the English Cities Fund is expected to be announced

Could Britain’s chronic housing shortage be solved by using insurers’ assets? Jamie Dunkley and Russell Lynch report

US confidence rises, but housing market remains a problem

The US consumer, whose spending spree has been the engine of global growth in the past decade, expressed more confidence in the future than any forecaster predicted in a key survey out yesterday, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 13,000 for the first time in nearly four years.

Simon English: The real problem with our banks? Too fast, too competitive

Outlook Do we want more competition in banking? John Fingleton at the Office of Fair Trading thinks so. The banks must do better for customers, or he'll sort them right out (he imagines).

Mental illness group goes into administration

St Luke's Healthcare, which treatsand looks after adults and adolescents with mental health problems and brain injuries, has gone into administration.

Goldman Sachs chief executive handed $7m stock bonus

Goldman Sachs handed its chief executive, Lloyd Blankfein, a bonus of $7m (£4,4m) in shares for his work last year, down from $12.6m in 2010 in line with the investment bank’s slipping profits.

The overlooked art of cashflow management

Successful entrepreneurs usually concentrate their efforts on three key areas: vision, people and cash.

UK cuts exposure to euro laggards by £32bn

Britain's banks slashed $50bn (£32bn) from their exposure to France, Italy and Spain during the summer as financial institutions ran scared from Europe's debt crisis, according to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

Feeling mud: Have festivals like Glastonbury lost their allure?

Music festivals: are our field days over?

Interest in The Big Chill has cooled, Glastonbury is too commercial... Summer music festivals need to get creative and reinvent themselves to survive

Salway denies rift at the top as he quits LandSec

The chief executive of the UK's biggest property company, Land Securities, stepped down yesterday denying a rift with chairwoman Alison Carnwath.

'I'd like the record to show that I think you [Alan Greenspan] are pretty terrific too' - Tim Geithner then President of New York Federal Reserve

Crisis? Crash? Minutes of US Fed's 2006 meetings reveal little worry

America's top financial experts continued to heap praise on Bernanke as economy collapsed

Prices in agents' windows are not a true benchmark for the value of your home

Julian Knight: This could be the year Britain abandons the dream of being a nation of property owners

Despite the economic slowdown, the eurozone crisis and surging unemployment, UK house prices rose by 1 per cent during 2011, according to the Nationwide.

City regulator to admit shortcomings in RBS case

The Financial Services Authority will today hold its hands up and admit serious shortcomings in the way it handled the Royal Bank of Scotland and the banking system in the run-up to the multi-billion pound taxpayer-funded bailout of the Edinburgh-based giant.

David Prosser: Time to make non-executives earn their money

It seems only fitting that the Financial Services Authority has chosen this week, when HSBC was fined a record sum for ripping off elderly savers, to resurrect plans to give non-executive directors greater responsibility for looking out for customers at banks and other financial institutions. If executives are failing in that duty, it is the job of non-executives to hold them to account.

Bernanke bites back at critics of economic policies at Fed

Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the US Federal Reserve, is launching a counter-offensive against its growing number of critics, penning a muscular defence of its actions during the 2008 financial panic and readying the publication of new details about how it sets American monetary policy.

More care homes in critical condition

Elderly care warning as MPs say Southern Cross collapse could be repeated by other companies
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Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... for the fourth time

Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
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New Dr Seuss manuscript discovered

What Pet Should I Get? goes on sale this week
Oculus Rift and the lonely cartoon hedgehog who could become the first ever virtual reality movie star

The cartoon hedgehog leading the way into a whole new reality

Virtual reality is the 'next chapter' of entertainment. Tim Walker gives it a try
Ants have unique ability to switch between individual and collective action, says study

Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
Donovan interview: The singer is releasing a greatest hits album to mark his 50th year in folk

Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
Let's Race simulator: Ultra-realistic technology recreates thrill of the Formula One circuit

Simulator recreates thrill of F1 circuit

Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation' over plans to overhaul reverse-chronological timeline

Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
10 best waterproof mascaras

Whatever the weather: 10 best waterproof mascaras

We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'