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Obama presses for tighter Wall Street regulation

US President moves to clamp down on controversial derivatives market

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AIG bonus row rekindled by $100m 'retention' plan

Employees of AIG's disaster-stricken derivatives business are drawing renewed political fire after reneging on promises to hand back a portion of last year's bonus, and amid news that they are just days away from receiving another $100m (£63m) in "retention payments".

Stephen Foley: Panicky new rules that miss the point

US Outlook: Forcing derivatives trading on to exchanges will bring transparency and cut counter-party risk

Stephen Foley: Consumer protection is key to reform

US Outlook: I am being lied to all the time. In mailings from insurance firms, telephone calls from debt-restructuring salesmen, and in radio ads for refinancing mortgages, I am being deliberately and outrageously misled.

Top City broker helps staff relocate overseas

Tullett fears brokers could move to foreign rivals unless they can escape 'supertax'

Derivatives trading lands Barclays with Indian ban

India's financial watchdog has suspended Barclays from offering derivatives that allow foreign investors to trade in Indian shares.

Five AIG executives in threat to quit over pay row

Anastasia Kelly. Rodney Martin. William Dooley. Nicholas Walsh. John Doyle. These are the five senior executives at AIG who threatened last week to quit the government-owned insurer if their compensation is cut by the Obama administration's pay tsar, sparking a new public furore in the US over bonuses at bailed-out companies.

Stephen Foley: The end of a petty quest for revenge

US Outlook: The fact that Hank Greenberg is getting back a Persian rug and some photos of him meeting Chinese leaders, as part of his ceasefire with AIG, tells you all you need to know about the insurance industry's most pathetic feud.

Brokers buy into exchange

Wall Street's top broking firms, including Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch and Barclays, are buying a stake in a major US options exchange, as the war for a share of the $1.9trillion options trading market hots up.

Richard Lambert: Lord Turner has generated headlines about the wrong issues

Lord Turner's analysis of what caused the credit catastrophe ... is the best there is. And the Turner Review of Financial Stability is regarded from Wall Street to Tokyo as a model from which other financial regulators must learn. Moreover, it's not his job to be a cheerleader for the City of London.

Stephen Foley: Four words could return to haunt us

US Outlook: With each passing day, it seems the lessons we learned when the credit crisis reached its crescendo are becoming fuzzier, harder to grasp at or even slipping away. One of the symptoms of this is the ease with which the language of Wall Street has begun to reassert itself in the debate about how to reform finance.

Punters' Guide: How to find those magic beans when sizing up footy market

The giant is coming down the beanstalk again – after a few months when tennis, golf and cricket have held sway, the Premier League returns, crushing all in its size 12 boots. And as far as betting is concerned, it has now swatted aside punters' more traditional pursuits – horse racing, greyhounds, golf. For in the nation's high-street bookies today, the bulk of the money going down will be football bets, and their ever-increasing "derivatives".

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