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The Co-operative Bank's disgraced former chairman, Paul Flowers, apparently won the job because he beat his rivals' psychometric test scores, MPs on the Treasury Committee have been told.

G4S ‘is facing a call to break up’

The activist investor fund chaired by Lord Myners, the former minister for UK financial services, is reported to be pushing G4S to break itself up.

Bank of England puts ‘threat to stability’ by hedge funds under microscope

The Bank of England’s risk-watchers put hedgies in the spotlight today as potentially vulnerable to rising market interest rates.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 7 August 2013

L&G upbeat over £15bn investment

The Business Matrix: Tuesday 6 August 2013

BT sports  Betfred deal

'Sort out your stepchild': Activist takes aim at Sony Entertainment

The activist investor calling for Sony to spin off its film and music business tore into Sony Entertainment's management yesterday, saying the division was treated like a "red-headed stepchild".

Criminal charges for SAC 'insider trades'

US prosecutors mounted an aggressive legal assault on the giant SAC Capital hedge fund yesterday, alleging in a rare criminal case that insider trading "was substantial, pervasive and on a scale without known precedent in the hedge fund industry".

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Class war thrives: Tories trade in stereotype – and poetry

Miliband’s gag – ‘He is the Prime Minister for Benson and hedge funds’ – was a work in progress

Lynton Crosby, the Conservatives’ election strategist

Smoking gun? David Cameron dodges Lynton Crosby cigarette packaging controversy question

Tory strategist’s links to cigarette giant pile pressure on PM after  tobacco policy U-turn

Anthony Hilton: If this is a sterling crisis then crises aren't that bad

Sterling fell in the first part of the week because traders decided that US interest rates were likely to rise before ours do, thus making the dollar a more attractive currency to hold.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: How David Cameron and William Hague got caught up in a battle of the sexes

David Cameron and William Hague got into similar trouble, but for exactly opposite reasons. If the Foreign Secretary had said “stupid person” or (admittedly a bit of a mouthful for an impromptu sedentary aside) “stupid Honourable Member”, he’d be home free. As the lip reading consensus was that he muttered “stupid woman” while Cameron was answering, or more accurately not answering, a hostile question from Labour’s Cathy Jamieson, he quickly became Twitter villain of the day.

Ex rugby ace trades place with Tory hedge fund millionaire

One of the City's most colourful bankers, Alex Snow, is to become chief executive of Lansdowne Partners, the hedge fund manager which made a killing selling shares in British banks during the financial crisis.

A view of Coventry's Ricoh Arena - the Sky Blues home, or not

Group purchases Coventry City FC, but doubts linger about where team will play

Sky Blues remain in administration and fans face baffling business complexities as uncertainties remain

Hedge fund big-hitter Loeb ups Sony stake as he targets entertainment arm spin-off

The billionaire investor Dan Loeb has increased pressure on Sony's board by lifting his stake in the electronics group to 7 per cent.

Police officers detain a protester demonstrating against the upcoming G8 summit in central London

G8 protests: 57 people arrested in London after clashes between police and anti-capitalist demonstrators

Major operation launched to clear central London HQ of anti-G8 movement in former police station

SoftBank raises offer to $21.6bn in battle for Sprint

Japan's SoftBank has secured the backing of a major Sprint shareholder after raising its bid for the American wireless carrier to from $20.1bn to $21.6bn (£13.9bn) to counter a rival proposal by Dish Network, the US satellite firm.

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