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Relative of President Xi Jinping accused of being a director of an offshore company based in the British Virgin Islands

Greed run amok: Kareem Serageldin said he did it ‘to preserve his reputation’

Trader, Kareem Serageldin, pleads guilty to role in banking crash

Former Credit Suisse employee convicted for mortgage fraud

Credit Suisse chief Brady Dougan rewarded with 34% pay rise

Brady Dougan, chief executive of Credit Suisse, received a 34% pay rise last year, taking his total package to Swfr7.7 million (£5.4 million).

Market Report: New share boost is delivered by Ocado

The online grocer Ocado is best-known for its delivery vans on the UK's well-heeled suburban streets. But until recently it has often been in the red column of heavy fallers on the stock market since floating at 180p in July 2010. The loss-making firm looked healthier after its confirmation of talks with supermarket Morrisons over licensing its technology sent its shares soaring by nearly a quarter on Thursday. And yesterday the good times kept on rolling, ensuring its all-time low of 53p in December 2011 disappeared further into the rear-view mirror of its vans.

Hamish McRae: When taking the necessary long view, bonds to equities makes sense

How bad will the UK's loss of its AAA rating be for gilts? The short answer is that we don't know, but what we can reasonably assume is that gilts will be a bad investment over the next decade, maybe much longer.

Hamish McRae: Why Italy needs to vote for austerity

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Mark Leftly: Hoare Govett has a chance for absolution in Countrywide's float

Outlook The news that the UK's biggest estate agent by revenue, Countrywide, is looking to again sell shares on the London Stock Exchange has been painted as marking one or more of the following:

Golden numbers

Still worth taking a shine to gold

The precious metal may have lost some of its lustre as investors rediscover their taste for shares – but don't write it off just yet

Michael Dell takes computer company he founded private following $24bn deal

Michael Dell has agreed a $24.4bn (£15.5bn) deal to take the computer company he founded almost 30 years ago private – ending weeks of speculation about its future.

Computer company Dell will become a private company in $24bn deal

The world's No. 3 computer maker will receive investment from Microsoft Corp and private equity firm Silver Lake among others

Market Report: ENRC back in favour after terrible year

Admirers of miners with corporate governance issues have been thin on the ground, but today analysts and investors started to appreciate Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation's attributes. ENRC was certainly out of favour last year. Its shares declined more than 50 per cent during 2012, and even last month Goldman Sachs scribblers cut their buy rating to hold.

Former Credit Suisse executive Kareem Serageldin can be extradited to the US to face fraud charges, rules court

A former Credit Suisse executive can be extradited to the US to face fraud charges, a court ruled today.

James Moore: No one-way street with US regulators

It is clear that the US approach to regulatory reform is not entirely even-handed

Market Report: Tullow dives after well disappoints

Analysts at Credit Suisse were guilty of stating the obvious yesterday. The oil explorer Tullow Oil disappointed investors yet again, finding no commercial oil at its well in French Guiana. In a note from Credit Suisse, its analysts said "positive well updates are needed". Well you don't say.

Alexander Perepilichnyy, 44, was found dead on 10 November. He had been helping a major money-laundering investigation

Russian whistleblower Alexander Perepilichnyy was warned his name was on gang hit list

Dead Russian ‘wanted to make peace with the officials he accused of money laundering’

Russian businessman Alexander Perepilichnyy wanted to make peace with officials he implicated in money laundering scheme

Mr Perepilichnyy was found dead outside his home in Weybridge, Surrey, two weeks ago

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