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The US Federal Reserve said it would continue to reduce its bond buying stimulus program by $10 billion a month and will keep interest rates extraordinarily low for as long as required.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Business Secretary Vince Cable

'There's no magic money tree': David Cameron and Nick Clegg slap down Vince Cable for suggesting government could jumpstart flatlining economy by increasing borrowing

Downing Street insists PM is 'sticking to the course' despite Liberal Democrat Business Secretary's comments

The interest offered on cash ISAs last year are considerably higher than this year's are likely to be

Savvy Money: Ensure you make the most of your old and new ISAs

There is just over a month to go until the end of the tax year, which normally means: A) lots of ISA (individual savings accounts) adverts; and b) a bunfight by cash ISA providers for the top slot in the best-buy tables.

Five Questions About: Negative interest rates

Why has the Bank of England proposed negative rates?

James Moore: A crop of problems if AgriBank were to go pop

Outlook On to high-yield savings and AgriBank, which has generated a flurry of excitement by offering a bond that might allow your money at least to keep pace with inflation.

Paul Tucker, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England

Are your savings under threat? Bank of England mulls negative interest rates

Deputy Governor floats plan that could mean new charges for customers

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Is the Hakkasan group's latest proposition worth the City-slicker prices?

Incoming Bank governor Mark Carney

It's not the end of the world – but it's the end of any false complacency

This is bad news. A drop in a credit rating by one agency does not matter that much in itself, for heaven knows, the rating agencies have been absurdly wrong in their judgements. The AAA ratings they gave to dodgy US housing debt were one of the factors in the banking crash of 2008. Both the US and France have seen a similar modest downgrading of their debt. But it matters because it focuses investors on the inherent weakness not just of British national finances at the moment but also of the longer-term commitment of the UK authorities to holding down inflation and assuring investors that they will get paid back in real – rather than devalued – money.

George Osborne embarrassed as UK's credit rating drops

George Osborne was dealt a severe political blow tonight as the UK was stripped of its top notch rating by the credit agency Moody’s.

Money Insider: It's grim, but don't give up savings habit

It's almost four years since the Monetary Policy Committee slashed its base rate to 0.5 per cent to try to get the UK economy moving, but it feels as if we've made little headway since then and still find ourselves teetering on the edge of recession.

Adverts target 'misery' of unlocked pensions

Regulators are to unveil measures this week to help combat the menace of pension unlocking.

RBS warning of more fines after £390m Libor hit

Emails implicate ring of 21 staff found to have been rigging key interest rates as recently as 2010

Market activity has improved with sales in 2012 at their highest for five years, says Halifax

House prices up nearly 2%

New figures suggest the biggest rise since January 2010

Investment View: Libor woes for banks could end up as a car crash

Judges will know successful claims could potentially bankrupt state-owned banks

Economic growth shrank in the final quarter of 2012

The fiscal cliff effect? Shock fall in US GDP blamed on spending cuts

A drop-off in government spending, along with a reduction in business inventories, led to an unexpected contraction in the US economy at the end of last year.

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