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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.

Builders 'struggling' in £45bn schools project

The Government's £45bn programme to refurbish or rebuild every secondary school in the country could grind to a halt because of the economic downturn, MPs have warned. Graham Watts, chief executive of the Construction Industry Council, told the Commons Select Committee monitoring schools, that there was a danger that "this promising move and accelerating programme could come to a full stop" if the private sector could not stomp up enough cash to loan to contractors to continue the work.

Jeremy Warner: Banking on the self-evident

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Leading article: Radical action is needed in this economic emergency

Paralysing deflation, not inflation, is the immediate threat

London Exchange seeks backers for trading facility after Lehman’s fall

The London Stock Exchange is in talks with a number of new City investors for Baikal, its pan-European equity trading facility, to replace Lehman Brothers which had been the exchange’s partner until its recent collapse.

Government under fire over mortgage moves

The Government's response to the mortgage lending crisis has been confused and ineffective critics warn, with calls for new solutions gathering pace as repossessions rise and mortgage lending figures continue to plummet.

Michael Franks: Come on, Oxford, tell us what you'll do with £1bn

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Jeremy Warner: Time for a public inquiry on the banking crisis

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Germans freeze £21bn property funds

Crisis foreshadows probable collapse of UK commercial real estate market in 2009

Stakes higher than ever, says Brown

Gordon Brown warned fellow world leaders today that the stakes were "higher than ever before" as he called for agreement on reforms of the global financial system.

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Jeremy Warner's Outlook: It may not work, but at last policymakers are on the right track

The judgement of markets can hardly be described as positive, but it seems to me that the UK authorities have belatedly got their response to the banking crisis broadly right with yesterday's wide-ranging package of measures. Dithering ministers and policy wonks have been swept aside. Treasury mandarins, the Sir Humphreys of this world if you like, seem to be firmly back in the driving seat. Measured and considered, this is exactly what the doctor ordered.

PsychoGeography: Journey's end

In Ibiza the night proceeds according to plan: we set off in convoy, several cars full of us. True, we're going to a party in a swanky villa on the other side of the island, but while half our company are teenaged, the rest of us are past the age when we can do any raving – except against the dying of the light. Then: solid darkness, with headlights gouging it out to expose switchback roads and useless signs. The mobile phone calls begin: like the echo location of decadent bats. Some Ibizan parties can be found by following lizards stencilled on walls, others by pink balloons, but the turning for this one – or so we're assured through the ether – will be clear to us because of a strategically placed pile of three white phones.

Jeremy Warner's Outlook: Brown needs to be more bold in dealing with banking crisis

The politics of the credit crunch have become almost as interesting as the economics, not just in the US, but here in Britain too. For the first time since he ducked out of calling a snap, early general election a year ago, Gordon Brown has the chance to seize back the political initiative with some bold decision-making that restores the reputation he once enjoyed as the "iron Chancellor".

BoE injection eases interbank rates

Signs that the huge interventions made by the world's central banks in the financial markets may be having some impact emerged yesterday, as market interest rates eased perceptibly. Sentiment was improved by the brightening prospects for the Paulson Plan and Lloyds TSB's purchase of HBOS.

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