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<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/the-life-brow-5.html">The Life Browser: Ten best savings accounts</a>

Oh dear. Last week, as everyone fretted about losing their life savings with bans teetering on the brink of collapse around the world, The Guardian championed those that were upping savings rates to attract customers, by suggesting a list of the ten best savings accounts.

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Standard Life shares surge after unexpected profits rise

Standard Life shares surged yesterday after the life insurer posted annual profits ahead of expectations and sounded an upbeat note on its prospects this year.

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Arcelor rebels threaten to sue board members

Rebel shareholders in Arcelor plan to sue individual members of the steel group's board if it continues to effectively ignore their resistance to a merger with the Russian group Severstal.

Outlook: Leaden Standard

WHAT A shower the companies that make up the long-term savings industry are. Yesterday brought news of another cut in "bonuses" from Standard Life, just the latest of many. "Bonus" is the term life funds use for what is only the investor's just rewards. Like much else about the long- term savings industry, the word bonus is in truth a con, for it implies that you are getting that little bit extra. Actually it is only the rate of return, but like so much else about this industry, it is designed to obfuscate.

Cancer victim sends friends on skiing holiday from beyond the grave

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