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Outlook First Standard Chartered, then Experian, and now Sainsbury’s. It’s shaping up to be a year of boardroom upheaval, and it’s still only January. Who next? Well, a little bird tells me Schroders’ veteran chief executive Michael Dobson has sounded out confidants in the City about the idea of him becoming chairman of this granddaddy of fund managers, succeeding 69-year-old Andrew Beeson.

Mark Dampier: Britain's small-cap funds punched well above their weight this year

It's been a good year for stock markets. In particular, European and Japanese markets have made large gains. There is a lesson here for all investors: despite a poor economic backdrop, stock markets can perform well. This is often because much of the bad news is priced in and markets are focusing on improved corporate prospects. Similarly, it shows the most uncomfortable investment decisions often turn out to be correct.

Jim Armitage: Listening to Boston common sense would have helped the Fed on QE

Outlook All hail the Bostonians. The American city that brought us JFK, Ted Kennedy and, er, John Kerry has had a history of liberal leaders on the whole more often right than wrong. Even, let's be honest with ourselves, when they faced the Brits, in that little matter of the 1773 wet tea chest competition.

Global markets rally as Fed reduces QE but pledges to keep rates low

Investors take the Fed's announcement as a sign that the US economy is strong enough to support further stock market gains

Millionaire Arpad Busson to merge his hedge fund firm with Gottex

Arpad “Arki” Busson, one of the world’s best-known hedge-fund managers, is set to merge his $3 billion (£1.83 billion) EIM Group with Switzerland’s listed Gottex Fund Management to create a business managing $10 billion by mid-2014.

The AXA Framlington UK Mid Cap Fund has a stake in ITV, which had a huge broadcast hit with Downton Abbey

The Analyst: The drama of mid-caps - they’ve beaten the big boys over 10 years

The fortunes of the UK’s largest 100 companies are well publicised. You may note the FTSE 100 always tends to be the quoted index in the financial press and thus investors could be excused for focusing their attention on these corporate behemoths. Yet it is not terribly representative of the UK economy. For starters, the top 20 stocks account for nearly 50 per cent of the entire index and are largely international businesses.

Rule to curb risky trades by banks in US is finally passed

Nearly four years after President Obama first proposed curbs to rein in the risky bets on Wall Street, US regulators have finally ratified a strict new regime aimed at stopping banks from making speculative trades that could cause another meltdown.

The Week Ahead: Carpetright is unlikely to get the red carpet treatment

Carpetright is unlikely to get the red carpet treatment from investors at its half-year results tomorrow. They are still reeling from its profit warning in October.

The Chancellor's boasts that Britain was growing faster than any other advanced economy were scuppered within hours

Not so fast George: US outstrips UK growth hours after Autumn Statement

Fresh figures undermine the Chancellor’s boasts amid speculation over tapering

Numis full year profits more than triple as deals take off

Shares of Numis soared in early trading after the investment bank and broker announced full year profits more than tripled as trading and commissions picked up.

Please don't bury me in a skyscraper

An architect has brought us perilously close to a world where morgues tower upwards

Co-operative Bank loses customers after Paul Flowers scandal

The Co-operative Bank has admitted for the first time it is losing customers after a series of scandals including alleged drug-taking by former chairman Paul Flowers.

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