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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.

Hedge fund wizard Stevie's bad month

First his man loses the election, then a former employee faces insider trading claims

What The Sunday Papers Said

The Sunday Times

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner insists the debt paper held by Paul Singer is illegitimate

The vulture capitalist who devoured Peru – and now threatens Argentina

Could Paul Singer destroy another economy?

Banking jobs in Asian hotspots set to overhaul City

Bankers looking for a career boost are facing up to a clear choice: go East. With City job losses soaring finance workers are looking to Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore for new opportunities.

James Blunt

Retiring early? Nice work if you can get it: The new trend for spending more time with your bank balance

James Blunt has suggested he may quit the music industry at the grand old age of 38 to hang out in Ibiza with his girlfriend and sizeable bank balance. And he's not the only one retiring prematurely.

Simon English: What next for the Wizard of Oz who might struggle to learn new tricks?

Outlook Greg Coffey was the Wizard of Oz, a magician who had an extraordinary way with money, making astonishing amounts of it for clients and barely less amazing amounts for himself.

Anthony Hilton: Switzerland is not the haven it is thought to be

Last Sunday at a speaking engagement down in Bath I sat next to a Swiss guy who wrote trading algorithms and software for Geneva based hedge funds. It was that sort of dinner – a place where the mathematically gifted fund managers exchange ideas and theories with academics on how to predict market movements.

Rich must pass 'smell test', says top taxpayer

Britain's highest earner has said the rich need to pass "the smell test" when it comes to paying tax – a week after The Independent revealed him as the country's biggest individual taxpayer.

Chicken cottage or stone mansion, it doesn't matter to your chooks

Former Tory MP Sir Peter Viggers infamously claimed £1,645 on parliamentary expense to build a house for the ducks at his constituency home, but Crispin Odey has gone one better or, in fact, several times better.

The sponsorship deals of Avram Glazer, left, and brother Bryan have angered Manchester United supporters, who have staged 'Green and Gold' protests

Manchester United for sale: One careless owner

The Glazer family are floating a stake in Manchester United in New York. But it is a rotten deal for both shareholders and fans

'Terrifying' former judge hired to beef up SFO

The new head of the embattled Serious Fraud Office has put a tough senior former judge on the payroll to aid his attempts at cracking down on City crime.

Top judge to beef up Fraud Office after string of bungles

QC with a terrifying reputation as a judge hired by new head of the SFO

Thomson Reuters buys FX Alliance

The financial news giant Thomson Reuters has splashed out $625m (£403m) in cash on US-listed foreign-exchange platform FX Alliance.

New Goldman chair linked to Rajat Gupta

Goldman Sachs has installed as its first regional chairman in Beijing a banker who set up a business with partners including jailed insider trader Raj Rajarathnam and on-trial former Goldmanite Rajat Gupta.

Hedge fund manager who lied about losses fined £3m

A hedge fund manager accused by the Financial Services Authority of lying to investors about "catastrophic losses" has been fined a record £3m by the watchdog.

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