News The eye of the storm: Speakes in the White House in 1982

An assassination attempt plunged Larry Speakes into the brightest of national spotlights as chief spokesman for President Ronald Reagan. When Reagan’s press secretary James Brady was severely wounded in the 1981 attempt on the president’s life, Speakes was thrust into the eye of the storm. As White House spokesman for six years, a long tenure in the sensitive post, he was credited with 2,000 news media briefings.

The phone call which nailed an insider trader

New York hedge fund trader David Einhorn and former Merrill broker Andrew Osborne were made to pay for a sharp piece of market abuse. Nick Goodway examines the case

Broker in Punch Taverns insider trading storm to accept fine

The broker at the centre of the Greenlight Capital insider trading scandal will not fight his £350,000 fine despite clients and rivals agreeing that he did little wrong.

Spotlight on: Brian Moynihan, chief executive, Bank of America

Ooh, that's a tough job

It sure is. BofA is the definitely the shakiest of the big US banks, having never pulled itself free of the credit crisis. But Mr Moynihan is used to dealing with a few bruises. Earlier in his career he would regularly come to the office all beaten up from a rugby game the night before.

Business Diary: Merrill Lynch calls in Police

Call us childish, but we couldn't resist the headline above, for Merrill Lynch's Wealth Management division really has called in Police – one Amilcare Police, in fact, who the investment firm has just appointed as head of credit and banking for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The gentleman in question has an extensive CV full of relevant experience, most recently doing something similar at HSBC, though as far as we know, he's never worked in law enforcement.

Market Report: M&A spotlight prompts Tullow Oil to move up

Investors were licking their lips at the prospect of bid activity in the oil sector, after Tullow Oil was highlighted as a potential merger and acquisition candidate.

AIG kicks off sale of Asian unit

American International Group will hold at least a 30 per cent stake in its Asian life insurance business, AIA Group Ltd, for a year after AIA's listing in Hong Kong next month.

Johann Hari: How Goldman gambled on starvation

Speculators set up a casino where the chips were the stomachs of millions. What does it say about our system that we can so casually inflict so much pain?

Elan chief Kelly Martin to leave

Kelly Martin will step down from his post as chief executive of Elan Corporation in 2012 and leave the Irish drugs manufactuer in 2013, the company said yesterday.

An international career tops the student wish-list

A survey published today reveals the changing goals and aspirations of this year’s MBA cohort.

Business Diary: Merrill Lynch stung by one of its own

Red faces at Merrill Lynch, which had to call in the authorities after falling for a tall story told by the broker Steven Mandala last year. Mandala managed to convince Merrill that he was a partner in a leading asset management company looking after £300m of clients' money. The reality was that he was a very junior member of staff, but the bank only discovered the truth after hiring him, lending him $780,000, which he spent on a Ferrari and living the high life, and then watching him quit after two months (when he refused to repay the debt). Mandala has pleaded guilty to theft charges and faces a jail sentence. But the gullible bank hardly comes out of the tale smelling of roses.

FSA bans Merrill trader Alexis Stenfors for five years

The City watchdog has banned a former senior trader at Merrill Lynch in London after he inflated the value of his trading book by more than $100m (£66m) to cover up huge losses.

Capitalism: A Love Story (12A)

Michael Moore's new documentary doesn't just lay into the bankers behind the recent financial Armageddon.

Ken Lewis charged with fraud over Merrill deal

Ken Lewis, the retired boss of Bank of America, and the company's former finance chief Joe Price have been charged with fraud over their handling of the acquisition of Merrill Lynch during the financial panic of 2008.

Wall Street bonuses rise despite promises of deferral

Morgan Stanley and Bank of America results disappoint stock market

Bradley Cooper: 'There's been plenty of rejection'

He's served his time on the bit-part circuit – but now it seems that The Hangover is heralding a new dawn for Bradley Cooper
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