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Government adviser reveals his frustration at talk of bank kindness to zombie businesses

Thirteen businessmen and women to watch in 2013

Some are already famous, others are just making names in their own companies – but all of these faces should be major fixtures in the business pages next year. Mark Leftly looks into his crystal ball

Fifth charge in insider trading inquiry

The City regulator has charged a fifth person for insider dealing in a case involving alleged front-running, when a trader takes a position to capitalise on advance knowledge.

Money Insider: FSA makes sure you receive the right package

Last week the Financial Services Authority (FSA) released its latest policy statement aimed at protecting customers with a packaged, or "added value", current account. Under the new proposals, bank customers with this type of current account will, from 31 March, receive an annual eligibility statement to ensure the product is suitable for their needs.

49% of people don't realise they pay hefty commission fees for advice

Nearly half of people who have consulted a financial adviser were unaware they were paying for the service, according to City watchdogs.

The logo of Swiss banking giant UBS is covered with tape, reading in German: 'Deported!!!' in Zurich on October 15, 2011 during a protest as part of a global day of protests inspired by the 'Occupy Wall Street' and 'Indignant' movements against the banking industry.

UBS admits fraud in £940m Libor rigging settlement

Swiss bank UBS agreed today to pay £940 million to regulators in the biggest penalty yet from the industry's Libor-rigging scandal.

Watchdog uncovers widespread ignorance about commission fees

Nearly half of people who have consulted a financial adviser were unaware they were paying for the service, according to City watchdogs.

The Queen attends a cabinet meeting

It did seem rather a lot of trouble to go to just to acquire a new set of place mats

The Queen became the first monarch to attend a cabinet meeting in peacetime since the 18th century but if you’ve had audiences with prime ministers for as long as she has, you can’t fail to have a view

FSA clampdown on Guernsey deals

Financial advisers must contact thousands of people who bought into two Guernsey funds to see if they are eligible for compensation after Britain's markets watchdog wielded new powers for the first time in its crackdown on mis-selling.

'Mis-selling' fears over packaged bank accounts

Claims industry is gearing up for a lucrative new round of legal battles
Mark Carney may let inflation rise

Julian Knight: More pain on way for savers as Carney takes the helm

Brace yourself if you are a saver. Incoming Bank of England chief Mark Carney has been talking about the possibility of shifting from the UK's inflation targeting to economic growth benchmarks while making the most of his preparedness to adopt "unorthodox" monetary policy. In English that's more money printing and a one-way street to inflation and suppression of savings rates. To date, the transfer of wealth from savers to borrowers since the financial crisis is over £100bn, and it will probably get bigger when Mr Carney takes charge.

Fined HBOS boss makes his protest over being 'singled out'

Corporate lending chief says he was under pressure to boost the profits

Libor: UBS '$1bn fine'

American and British regulators are set to ramp up action against banks accused of manipulating the benchmark Libor interest rate by slapping what is expected to be a $1bn fine on UBS.

James Moore: An impeccable addition to Pru's impeccable board. Pimm's all round

Outlook Prudential has been busily collecting boardroom baubles since the spectacular mishandling of its attempted takeover of Asian insurer AIA.

Three men arrested in Libor rigging inquiry

The SFO opened its investigation into Libor manipulation in July after Barclays was fined £290 million by US and UK regulators

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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

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A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
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Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
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Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

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