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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.

Andy McSmith's Diary: Hedge funds, the Tories’ cash cow, eagerly repay favours

A measure in George Osborne’s 2013 Budget which made no headlines outside the financial pages was the abolition of stamp duty reserve tax on UK-domiciled asset management funds. That may not sound like an attention grabber, but it was manna for Britain’s hedge-fund bosses, who by the Government’s estimate saw £145m drop off their companies’ collective annual tax bill.

Market Report: RSA gives second profit warning in a week

The discovery of a black hole in RSA’s Irish accounts sent its shares tumbling yesterday. The insurer suspended three executives at its Irish business late on Friday and warned profits will take a £70m hit this year – its second profit warning in a week.

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US debt: Truce in sight as Senate leaders work on compromise ahead of Thursday's deadline

China calls for 'de-Americanized world' not dependent on the dollar as a reserve currency

MPs have voiced fresh concern that the Government's controversial privatisation of the Royal Mail

Royal Mail flotation: MPs voice fresh concern over controversial privatisation

An Early Day Motion has been tabled in Parliament calling on the Coalition to review its decision

Goldman Sachs backs Hastings deal

Goldman Sachs’ private equity arm is set to announce a £150m investment in insurance group Hastings Direct that will leave chairman Neil Utley cashing in tens of millions of pounds from the business he turned around after buying it in 2008.

Shutdown means it's time to invest in USA

The political deadlock in Congress as President Obama attempts to get financial support for his national healthcare plan led this week to the first shutdown of US government services for 17 years.

Simon Read: Prepare for a rate shock if your fixed bond matures

Analysis published by Moneyfacts this week revealed that anyone with cash maturing in a five-year bond this month will only get around half as much interest if they reinvest it in a similar product.

Sotheby's activist ups his stake and launches attack

The battle for control of Sotheby's, the world's most famous auction business, last night saw activist investor Dan Loeb make sweeping demands for change in the boardroom.

Simon Read: How funding for lending slashes savers' returns

There was fresh criticism of the Government’s Funding for Lending Scheme on Monday  after new figures revealed that the interest paid on popular fixed-rate bonds has plummeted.

Financial markets rocked by US shutdown fears and political crisis in Italy

Worries over economic impact of US budget deal hits stocks

G4S ‘is facing a call to break up’

The activist investor fund chaired by Lord Myners, the former minister for UK financial services, is reported to be pushing G4S to break itself up.

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Bank of England puts ‘threat to stability’ by hedge funds under microscope

The Bank of England’s risk-watchers put hedgies in the spotlight today as potentially vulnerable to rising market interest rates.

Beleaguered Co-op in fresh black hole challenge

New concerns about the capital shortfall that led to the collapse of the Co-op Bank’s bid for 632 Lloyds branches emerged today following the publication of a letter from Britain’s leading Bank regulator.

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