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Asking prices rise as house market confidence grows

Home sellers are finally growing in confidence, judging by a survey by Rightmove of more than 100,000 asking prices across the country.

UBS pays £17m 'golden hello' to the man who broke RBS

Andrea Orcel paid in cash and shares after being poached by the Swiss bank

Former trader jailed for four years for insider dealing

A former futures trader was yesterday sentenced to four years jail after being found guilty of insider dealing.

Margareta Pagano: Diocletian needn't worry us, but Henry VIII should

The flawed, but rather good, EU proposal to cap bankers' bonuses could lead to a European rupture akin to the Tudor king's fallout with Rome

£215m for investment bankers in £600m RBS bonus pot despite £5.2bn losses

Chief executive Stephen Hester warns of "another choppy year ahead of us" as the bank battles to clean up the legacy left to it by Fred Goodwin

Rule on bank capital was a 50-year giant mistake, says Lord Turner

Lord Turner, the outgoing chairman of the Financial Services Authority, has declared that the amount of capital banks were required to hold before the 2008 financial crisis had been a "50-year giant mistake".

RBS to offload US banking business

The Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to cave in to the demands of its regulator and outline plans to put its American retail arm, Citizens, on the market next week.

Nat Rothschild vows to fight on after losing Bumi battle

Financier also promises more cash shell ventures despite troubles with mining

Mark Leftly: Hoare Govett has a chance for absolution in Countrywide's float

Outlook The news that the UK's biggest estate agent by revenue, Countrywide, is looking to again sell shares on the London Stock Exchange has been painted as marking one or more of the following:

Bumi showdown set for a climax as shareholders vote

The greatest corporate showdown in recent times is set to reach a climax today as financier Nat Rothschild seeks to oust almost all the board of Bumi, the Indonesian coal miner he co-founded.

Editorial: Bumi is the canary in the City's coalmine

Nat Rothschild's company joins a list of foreign miners with questionable governance

EE failing to cash in on 4G head start, says City

Britain’s biggest mobile phone company today disappointed the City after it reported a slowdown in revenue growth — despite being the first UK carrier to launch a super-fast 4G mobile internet service last October.

Diamonds are every urban art guerilla's best friends

Banksy's latest has been torn off the wall of a Poundland and offered for sale in Miami

What's the point of wealth beyond utility?

Why stinking rich bankers can't imagine why there's an almighty stink when the public finds out. Plus, by-election high jinks
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