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It was once only a brave investor who’d bet against fashion favourite Asos, but yesterday two City experts called time on the stock.

Amec offers £1.9bn to buy rival Foster Wheeler

Engineering firm Amec today revealed a $3.2 billion (£1.9 billion) potential offer for rival Foster Wheeler, keeping up this year’s hectic start for takeover activity.

Jim O'Neill is doing a programme for the BBC examining MINT economies

Jim O'Neill: The money man who coins a good phrase

The bank economist charts the rise of the emerging nations in a new BBC radio series. David Connett meets Jim O'Neill

Goldman Sachs threatens to quit the City if Britain leaves the European Union

Goldman Sachs has warned that it would move its European operations to Paris or Frankfurt if Britain leaves the European Union.

Goldman Sachs faces more questions over valuation of Royal Mail

Goldman Sachs bankers on the Royal Mail privatisation will again be hauled in front of MPs after their colleagues valued the postal service at nearly twice the price at which it was floated.

Market Report: Speedy Hire shares take a dive

Speedy Hire shares collapsed on Friday following Thursday night’s revelation that chief executive Steve Corcoran was out the door after accounting irregularities were revealed.

Goldman Sachs priced the Royal Mail at £3.30-a-share when it floated last month

Revealed: Goldman Sachs clients' £12m Royal Mail coup

Goldman Sachs may have provided the Government with a “knockdown” valuation of the Royal Mail – losing the taxpayer more than £1bn when it was privatised last month, according to critics.

(Left to right) John Mayne, JP Morgan; Ben Storey, Citibank; James Robertson, UBS; Richard Cormack, Goldman Sachs; Gert Zonneveld, Panmure Gordon and James Agnew, Deutsche Bank at the Business Select Committee

The bankers making millions from the Royal Mail firesale

Goldman Sachs and UBS are among banks and investors who control vast numbers of the shares

Conservative MP Brian Binley has attacked banks involved in the Government's controversial privatisation of Royal Mail, claiming the deal had cost taxpayers money

'Somebody has misled the taxpayer': Tory MP Brian Binley slams banks involved in controversial privatisation of Royal Mail

Officials from Goldman Sachs and UBS were given a grilling by MPs amid complaints that company was undervalued

The Business Matrix: Saturday 16 November 2013

Aga rides rise in house sales

Market Report: Tesco tumbled to 356.16p while Morrisons was weaker at 266.2p

Punters were warned cheap supermarkets will remain a threat to the UK's established grocers so Tesco and Morrisons stock were off the shopping list yesterday.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 14 November 2013

Drax set to beat forecast earnings

Segarra claims NY Fed fired her ‘for Goldman finding’

By early 2012, Carmen Segarra, then a bank examiner at the New York Federal Reserve, had gathered enough information to convince her colleagues whose job it was to keep tabs on big banks that Goldman Sachs, one of the most influential financial institutions in the world, was lacking in its conflicts of interest policies.

US bankers demand higher debt ceiling

Wall Street chief executives last night urged Washington to resolve its issues and raise the federal debt ceiling after a meeting with Barack Obama.

Jim Armitage: Reuters' staff are soon to suffer the storm's wrath

Outlook Sad news filtering out from the venerable Reuters media group last night: 150 job cuts coming soon to the UK and European offices.

Dow shake-up is its biggest in a decade

Investors in America's benchmark stock index will now have the option to put their money in trainers, credit cards and one of Wall Street's most influential investment banks.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game