Whose life savings are they anyway? Wife sections husband to stop deathbed spree

Doctors step in to stop terminally ill – and usually frugal – man from buying lavish gifts

People are more likely to insure their homes than their spouses

More than a third of people will insure the contents of their homes before they insure their lives

US defence chief Leon Panetta salutes gays in the military

US defence secretary Leon Panetta thanked gay and lesbian US military members for their service today, as the Pentagon prepares to mark June as gay pride month with an official salute.

Prudential set to buy Swiss Re's US arm

The insurance giant Prudential is set to get a little bigger after striking a deal to buy Swiss Re's US life insurance business for $621m (£400m) in cash.

Comparison sites’ face-off raises questions of trust

Competition among comparison sites is growing as bullying allegations and credibility issues emerge. Simon Read reports

Eurozone woes weigh on Aviva as long search begins for CEO

Aviva insisted yesterday that it had made a "solid start" to the year, despite the investor fury surrounding the now departed chief executive Andrew Moss. He stepped down last week, recognising that shareholder unhappiness at his pay and the company performance made it difficult for him to continue.

Truell leads chase for Scottish Widows takeover

Lloyds Banking Group is understood to have received an initial multi-billion-pound bid approach for Scottish Widows, its life assurance, pensions and savings business.

Scottish Widows courted by private-equity bidder

Duke Street founder in the frame but owner Lloyds says it has yet to receive formal approach

Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein paid $16.2m last year

Goldman Sachs boss Lloyd Blankfein’s take-home pay in 2011 was $16.2m, the investment bank disclosed yesterday, a 14.5 per cent increase on the year before, despite the company’s sliding profits and share price.

Judge halts honeymoon murder trial

Gabe Watson, who spent 18 months in an Australian prison for the death of his wife during a honeymoon diving trip, has been acquitted of her murder by a court in Birmingham, Alabama.

James Moore: McGrath shouldered too much blame in AIA row

Outlook So it's cheerio to Harvey McGrath. It is a mark of the way Prudential has conducted itself that he is probably not the worst occupant of the top seat in the life insurer's boardroom during the past few decades. The Ulsterman's tenure as chairman has hardly been a happy one, however.

UK indispensable to EU, say Germans

The German foreign minister today pledged to "build bridges" in the wake of David Cameron's summit veto - insisting Britain was an "indispensable partner" in the EU.

Francois-Marie Banier with the heiress, Liliane Bettencourt, in 2004

Photographer charged with fraud in latest twist to L'Oréal affair

Heiress's family dropped complaint against Banier but state prosecutor has pursued case regardless

FSA fines broker

The Financial Services Authority has slapped a fine of £195,117 on a broker for insurance fraud and banned him from the finance industry.

Fake-death Briton arrested

A British man accused of faking his own death as part of a life insurance scam has been arrested in Australia after a six-year hunt by authorities.

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