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

Goldman Sachs pays £4.1m tax on £1.9bn profit

Wall Street giant attacked for deferring 99 per cent of its tax bill

Ration Books: Pupils at a school in a Nairobi slum eat a meal provided by the World Food Programme

The real hunger games: How banks gamble on food prices – and the poor lose out

In the last decade, financiers have speculated billions of pounds in food, helping to make prices dearer and more volatile

Market Report: Second dose of bad news makes Shire feel unwell

For the second time in a matter of weeks, disappointing news on one of its drugs left Shire feeling rather poorly. Having withdrawn its US regulatory application for its Fabry disease drug Replagal earlier in the month, the pharmaceutical giant closed at the foot of the benchmark index after admitting its bowel medicine Lialda had failed a clinical study.

MF Global was meant to be Jon Corzine's triumphant return to Wall Street

The twisted tale of MF funds

Former boss Jon Corzine has been castigated over a missing $1.6bn – but it seems he has been framed

Tim Walker: Will Dave and George kill ping pong's allure?

Tales From The Water Cooler: Nobody in Britain will be able to strike a ball without imagining Dave and George knocking up in the games room at Chequers

Alex Preston: Don't expect morality from a faceless behemoth that exists purely for profit

Banking is not a vocation. No one becomes a trader in order to follow a childhood dream

Lisa Markwell: The retention of perspective is a life skill to cherish

Ambition is good. Ambition is expected. Ambition has never been as important as it is right now, with fewer jobs, less money, more graduates than ever before. Right?

Simon English: Goldman must change fast – or face relegation

Investment banks are like football clubs. At some point they fall. Always. This often occurs at, or shortly after, the point at which they seem most invincible. A fail-safe investment bank does not exist. Just one that has not failed yet.

Market Report: AZ spells more takeover excitement for gossips

It has been a busy week for the revival of takeover talk, and yesterday was no exception. Analysts and gossips alike were talking up the bid potential of various companies, with AZ Electronic Materials – whose chemicals are used by Apple in both the iPad and the iPhone – one of the stocks in the spotlight.

Simon English: Goldman Sachs has to change its ways fast in a new reality or face relegation

Outlook: Investment banks are like football clubs. At some point they fall. Always. This event often occurs at, or shortly after, the point at which they seem most invincible. There is no such thing as a fail-safe investment bank. Just one that has not failed yet.

Top Goldman Sachs executive quits over culture of 'toxic' greed

A senior executive at Goldman Sachs has attacked a “toxic” and “destructive” environment at the leading investment bank in as resignation letter published in the New York Times.

Banks/FBI investigates Goldman executive in insider trading inquiry

A Goldman Sachs executive who goes by the nickname "Chunky but Funky", is under investigation in the US for aiding insider trading by the bank's hedge fund clients.

Stefan Stern: Our public gaze is beginning to shame the shameless

Where dubious decisions could once be taken in the dark, now the spotlight shines brightly

Hamish McRae: Growth hopes give a glimpse of light at end of the tunnel

Economic Life: An economy in which real incomes are rising will feel quite different, and that is in sight

Sportlight on: Lloyd Blankfein, Chief executive, Goldman Sachs

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