Money Neil Woodford is bemused by the speed with which economic commentators have moved from doom to euphoria

The biggest fund manager story of 2013 was the resignation of Neil Woodford from Invesco Perpetual. As you will be aware, Mr Woodford will continue to manage the Invesco Perpetual Income and High Income Funds until he leaves at the end of April, following which he will set up his own company.

Banks braced for tough new regime of annual stress tests

UK banks will face annual stress tests for the first time to see if they could survive a major collapse in financial markets or the economy, the Bank of England said today.

US dollar dips as Lawrence Summers quits Federal Reserve race

The US dollar slid while bonds and shares rallied on Monday after the withdrawal of Lawrence Summers from the race to head the Federal Reserve suggested a more gradual approach to tightening monetary policy.

Focus: Breaking the grip of the audit oligarchs

Watchdogs want to shake up the big four accountants who police big business

Electricity prices are set to fall

Ofgem to crackdown on Big Six energy suppliers in bid to cut electricity prices

Electricity prices are set to fall after the energy regulator pledged to “break the stranglehold” of the Big Six energy suppliers.

Small Talk: Have we got the right target if Aim shares can go into an Isa?

The big issue is whether investors should go into a market that is often illiquid and volatile
The Co-op defended its banking business today

Q&A: Co-op bank's downgrade - should I be worried?

Should I be worried about my Co-op Bank account?

Market Report: Lloyds strengthens after Basel III boost

Lloyds Banking Group was the best-performing FTSE 100 stock last year and it looks like 2013 is shaping up to be pretty decent too. Lloyds jumped to the top of the tree today after analysts at UBS rated it a buy and awarded it a share price target of 60p, up from 50p.

Financial lobby wins concessions on liquidity

The heads of the world's top regulators and central banks have approved plans to require banks to hold significantly higher levels of liquid assets in order to reduce the chances of a repeat of the 2008-09 financial crisis. But in an apparent response to financial sector lobbying, they also relaxed the definition of what will be considered a liquid asset, and said banks will have four years longer than expected to implement the new standards.

Banks win victory over new Basel liquidity rules

Standards will be more relaxed than planned and also phased in over four years from 2015

‘Wait and see’ approach blamed for fall in number of transactions

Between July and September, the number of transactions in central London fell 3.6 per cent despite Chesterton Humberts’ report that stock levels were up 13.5 per cent.

Album: Yeasayer, Fragrant World (Mute)

Having nudged accessibility with 2010's Odd Blood, Brooklyn experimentalists Yeasayer have taken a step back in the direction of the weird with their third album.

Why is Islamic finance important for MBAs?

There are a number of business schools now introducing Islamic Finance in their curriculums. For some, the reasoning is to open MBA students up to different cultural realities, but for many schools, it just makes business sense.

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.

Treasury borrowing fails to contract

Chancellor George Osborne faces a fresh borrowing headache this week as the impact of Britain's double-dip recession wreaks havoc on the public finances.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee