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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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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada