Jeremy Warner: Confusion over deposit insurance

Outlook Yesterday's proposal from the Financial Services Authority to guarantee sums of up to £500,000 under the deposit compensation scheme so as to cover life- changing events such as the sale of a house looks sensible enough, but it is for the time being also completely irrelevant.

Scottish Widows sued again over company pensions

Life insurer Scottish Widows has been issued with two further writs from former corporate clients alleging the firm offered negligent advice over their pension schemes.

FSA launches inquiry into Resolution's Cowdery

Watchdog investigates 'certain actions' at the time of the takeover by Pearl

AIG in rescue deal amid big losses

American International Group (AIG) posted a record $61.7bn (£43.87bn) quarterly loss today and got a new but not necessarily final government bailout after officials concluded again that letting the insurer fail would threaten the world financial system.

Jeremy Warner: Another Aviva disappointment

Outlook Norwich Union has spent a packet trying to convince us that it makes sense to change its name to that of its parent company Aviva. Now it proposes to slash the windfall that with-profits policyholders were to have got from the inherited estate. Aviva, Norwich Union, it matters not to downtrodden life fund investors. Every statement seems to bring more bad news.

Resolution bucks the trend with £600m capital raising

Cowdery's acquisition vehicle targets life insurance

It's your funeral, so don't let the costs rise too high

As cremation and burial expenses soar, Nargis Ahmad and Julian Knight report on the prepayment plans that can help protect your legacy

James Daley: It's time to get rid of commission for good

Payment protection insurance has been giving the financial services industry a bad name for far too long. It's overpriced, hard to claim on, and is often completely inappropriate for the unsuspecting consumers who are sold it.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Cowdery recruits former FSA boss for new venture

Round at the Financial Services Authority, John Tiner is still referred to as "the lucky regulator" on account of the timing of his departure as chief executive. He managed to hand over to the present incumbent, Hector Sants, literally weeks before the Northern Rock balloon went up, and thereby largely escaped the public opprobrium heaped on the City watchdog since for its apparent failure in adequately regulating the banking sector.

The longer the seller lives, the less that investors will make

Kate Hughes looks at 'death futures', the funds that seek a profit on the policies of the terminally ill

Standard Life profits rise by 51 per cent with help of reinsurance deal

Standard Life's profits beat forecasts yesterday but the life insurer warned that the outlook for the sector was impossible to call in difficult markets.

Barclays sells life assurance unit to Swiss Re

Barclays Bank is to further improve its capital funding through the sale of its life assurance business to Swiss Re, the Swiss reinsurance group.

Into thin air: Did Steve Fossett fake his own death?

Last September, America's great aviation daredevil took off on a routine solo flight, and was never seen again. Now, as allegations of an elaborate double life begin to emerge, investigators are questioning whether he really died – or even crashed – at all. In Nevada, Guy Adams pieces together the evidence

Offer to Norwich Union life policyholders

Payments averaging £1,000 are to be offered to one million policyholders in two of Norwich Union Life's with-profit funds, insurer Aviva said today.

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Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

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Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

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Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

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SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

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Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?