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Investment View: Why you should sit tight in May to see winnings

If you hold your money in cash or bonds you can expect to see inflation steadily eroding its value

Mark Leftly: Putting PwC on Serco's case adds another stink to a very smelly situation

Outlook That accountant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is investigating Serco on behalf of the Ministry of Justice is "hilarious", according to a source close to Whitehall. It's certainly a joke, but one which Serco can't be finding very funny and would be too far-fetched to be included in an episode of The Thick of It or Yes, Prime Minister.

Pay hike sees FTSE 100 finance heads average £1.7m

Finance chiefs of FTSE 100 companies enjoy an average pay packet of £1.7m a year, after those in this key role at UK-listed firms saw an inflation-busting 4.7 per cent average pay hike in the past year.

Men's bonuses more than twice size of women's: Male managers take home £140,000 more in a lifetime

And the gap in salaries is also widening despite 43 years of the Equal Pay Act, new survey reveals

Five questions about: Ethical funds

Don't ethical funds mean giving up investment performance to salve your conscience?

Aviva shares are leaping after it doubles profits

Aviva's straight-talking boss Mark Wilson won a few more friends in the City yesterday as signs of his company's turnaround finally began to show.

Star fund manager Buxton pulls in £250m since joining Old Mutual

Old Mutual yesterday said it had seen inflows of £250m into one of its flagship funds since star manager Richard Buxton joined the company in June.

Market Report: Arm shares hit by Google's choice

The latest battle in the microchip wars began yesterday when Google waded in and punters decided Arm Holdings could be on the losing side this time. The lucrative microchip market for smartphone and tablet devices has been opening up to new competition and yesterday search giant Google and chip maker Nvidia were among a handful of tech specialists that signed up to join computer group IBM's OpenPower consortium.

BAE shrugs off dip and raises outlook on sealing Saudi deal

BAE Systems today said it is close to wrapping up key talks with the Saudi government over a multi-billion pound jets deal as cuts in US military spending dented its profits during the first half of 2013.

GKN profits take off on back of plane sales

A record number of new planes in production boosted profits at the engineer GKN during the first half of the year.

Market Report: Drugs do work as Shire hits new high

On a day when traders' screens turned red and the market dived more than 30 points, Shire was breaking records.

Boost for women in boardroom as companies seek fresh skills

More first-timers and more women are joining the upper ranks of Britain’s biggest companies, offering fresh evidence that the make-up of blue-chip boardrooms is changing for good.

Current top female CEOs include Burberry's Angela Ahrendts, left, and easyjet’s Carolyn McCall, right

It’s not equality yet, but 2012 saw more women on FTSE boards

Nearly half of all first-time directors appointed at Britain’s biggest companies last year were women, offering renewed hope that the Government target of a 25 per cent female make-up of FTSE 100 boards by 2015 will be met.

Severn Trent drained of £19m trying to avoid takeover

Water giant spent £19m on lawyers to rebuff three takeover approaches

Market Report: Upbeat Rio digs the miners out of a hole

The City forgot its fears about a major slowdown for Asia’s powerhouse when the miner Rio Tinto revealed its optimistic growth outlook yesterday.Miners slumped recently on the prospects of a slowdown in China but Rio’s update that iron ore shipments were ahead 1 per cent compared with the same period last year and 7 per cent against the first three months of the year helped it to take a spot near the top of the benchmark index.

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