News According to research, there is a strong link between financial issues and low mental well-being in people over 50

High levels of personal debt in Britain could be creating a health time bomb, according to research showing a strong link between financial problems and low mental well-being in older people.

Unilever beats forecasts on emerging markets rebound

After battering global shares in consumer goods giants with a profit warning in October, Unilever, the company behind Dove soaps and Lipton iced teas, said there had been a considerable pick-up in countries like India and China.

City advisers got £8.3m for Co-op deal but didn't check fatal loans

KPMG and JPMorgan say they weren't asked to look at toxic mortgages, so didn't

PricewaterhouseCoopers loses £18 million Unilever contract to rival KPMG

Unilever has announced plans to ditch PricewaterhouseCoopers after 27 years and is set to move its  £18 million a year audit to rival KPMG.

Mr Michaels has only targeted increasing BDO's market share in the FTSE 350 from 3 per cent to 5 per cent by 2018

'Another decade of prejudice' against mid-tier accountants

Accountants outside of the industry’s ‘Big Four’ will continue to suffer from “institutional prejudice” for another decade despite incoming regulatory reforms, the managing partner of BDO has warned.

Carpetright crisis forces Harris return

Lord Harris of Peckham has come out of retirement to take over the running of Carpetright after an unexpected profit warning and the shock resignation of Darren Shapland, the chief executive.

New child benefit tax deadline approaches

Parents earning more than £50,000 who are still receiving child benefit have just a week to go to register for self-assessment.

James Moore: Commission drops the ball on auditor rotation

Outlook One aspect where lots of companies could do with improving their housekeeping is in the rotation of auditors.

Bank chairman admits spending taxpayer's bailout cash on beachside holiday home

A US banker is facing jail after using bailout funds to help his company buy a luxury condo in Florida.

Tradesmen, not bankers, put in the longest hours

Britain’s army of tradesmen is working longer than famously office-tied bankers as holidays are sacrificed and weekends ignored in a bid to squeeze more jobs in.

Ben Chu: Accounting for failure

Outlook Physicians get told to heal themselves. And some insolvency accountants could, apparently, benefit from their own medicine too.

Last blow from ENRC before it is taken over

ENRC, the scandal-struck Kazakhstan miner beset by corruption allegations and boardroom bust-ups, offered shareholders one final disappointment yesterday with poor results ahead of being taken private.

Deloitte hails UK 'turning point' as its revenues and profits grow

Big four accountancy firm Deloitte has posted an increase in both revenues and profits as the UK economy starts to pick up.

Money Alert: Granny credit

Adults lumbered with the grandchildren this summer could be missing a trick that could help boost their state pension. Half of Britain's seven million working-age grandparents have a young grandchild and can qualify for Class 3 National Insurance credits for looking after children aged under 12 — which can be used to top up their income in retirement.

Tchenguiz brothers plan £2.5bn legal action over arrests by SFO

Property tycoons to seek damages after judge orders release of papers

Focus: Breaking the grip of the audit oligarchs

Watchdogs want to shake up the big four accountants who police big business

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