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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.

The great Bradley Wiggins is a class act on the track and the road

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Morning ****; All That is Wrong, ***,
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Are the kids alright? Not really, to judge by the Traverse’s theatre programme. In Simon Stephens’ Morning, which concludes with words “There is only terror. There is no hope”, the troubled state of today’s youth is laid bare in sinister and brutal fashion.

Russell Lynch: Is it any wonder that the summer spending boom has turned into a Fosbury flop?

George Osborne will have plenty to ponder when the Olympic caravan finally leaves town

Private banks: BofA ranks No 1

The top five firms in the private banking industry still come from America and Switzerland, led by Bank of America Merrill Lynch in first place with $2.1 trillion (£1.3trn) of assets under management, according to the annual Private Asset Managers Global 50.

Man Group names Sir Martin Sorrell's son Jonathan as finance chief to sooth investors

Jonathan Sorrell, son of the WPP advertising guru Sir Martin Sorrell, was hastily promoted to the position of finance director at Man Group yesterday after the struggling hedge fund giant sought to appease shareholders by ousting the incumbent, Kevin Hayes.

Sorrell steps in as finance chief at Man as Hayes steps down

Jonathan Sorrell, the son of WPP advertising guru Sir Martin Sorrell, was hastily promoted to position of finance director at Man Group yesterday after the struggling hedge fund giant sought to appease shareholders by ousting incumbent Kevin Hayes.

Stephen Foley: The nun, the merchant banker and a question of corporate ethics

US Outlook Nobody mentioned the name Greg Smith, though it is barely two months since the London-based trader quit Goldman Sachs citing a "toxic" culture where clients were regarded as "muppets" to be ripped off wherever possible.

MF Global's mega payout to boss

Jon Corzine was paid $8.35m (£5.3m) for running MF Global in the year leading up to its spectacular collapse, according to documents filed with a New York bankruptcy court.

European pain likely to trouble Vodafone

Vodafone will come under pressure to explain what contingency plans it is making for Greece's possible exit from the euro when the mobile giant reports annual profits on Tuesday.

Market Report: Bowleven back in the takeover spotlight

The rumour mill has been rather quiet around Bowleven as of late. It was a different story near the start of the year when punters were getting excited over the possibility of an approach. However, after Dubai's Dragon Oil decided in February that, having had a think, it was not going to make a bid, the West Africa-focused explorer has lost more than 40 per cent.

Stephen Foley: Regulator needs help to tame financial Wild West

At Goldman Gensler was lobbying for precisely the lack of oversight he now seeks to enforce

Goldman's O'Neill is tipped to join Bank governor race

In theory, the post of next Governor of the Bank of England won't even be advertised for several months.

Goldman's O'Neill tipped to join Bank governor race

In theory the post of next Governor of the Bank of England won't even be advertised for several months.

Hamish McRae: By 2015, doomsayers will be proved wrong

The UK is not in recession and is currently growing at an annual rate of between 1 per cent and 2 per cent. But the economy did dip briefly into negative growth last summer. The eurozone economy was shrinking during the second half of last year but has started to grow again, albeit very slowly. And the US did have a slowdown last year (though it just avoided shrinking) but is now growing at a little over 2 per cent a year.

LLOYD BLANKFEIN: The CEO and chairman has defended Goldman against recent attacks

Banking giant Goldman 'defers' £418m in tax

The London arm of Goldman Sachs paid only £4.1 million in corporation tax to the Treasury last year despite making pre-tax profits of £1.92 billion, annual accounts have revealed.

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