Simon English: So the NYSE closed. The world carried on. There's a lesson there

Outlook The boss' demands were blunt and direct, as usual. "When the bell rings I want you standing next to it. Inside it if possible. When that market starts trading again it's the free world saying to the terrorists, you can't beat us, you won't win. I want to feel the excitement."

Hurricane Sandy silences US websites: Huffington Post, Gawker and Buzzfeed all affected by storm that pounded New York

Several data centres on Americas' East Coast have suffered a power shortage, despite failsafe procedures, causing havoc for American news media

Why Wall Street is starving Obama of funds

The big money men are riled by what they see as banker bashing from the President and have switched to his rival Romney, says Nikhil Kumar

Markets down as Hurricane Sandy shuts Wall Street

World markets came under pressure today as Hurricane Sandy forced Wall Street to shut down for the first time since the September 11 attacks.

Lessons to be learnt from great Wall Street Crash

The philosopher George Santayana said: "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Peter Auty lets James Creswell, right, talk him into trading his heart for a nose job

Faust, Grand Theatre, Leeds; Group 627/Rolf Hin, St John's, Smith Square, London

James Creswell's Méphistophélès is a witty revelation amid a host of strong performances in a Wall St spin on Gounod's damned opera

Greg Smith: The former Goldman Sachs employee has written a book criticising the banking giant

Goldman Sachs hits back at whistleblower Smith

When Greg Smith left Goldman Sachs in March with a public condemnation of the way the bank worked, was he incensed by its culture of greed or piqued by a failed bid for a pay rise and boost up the corporate ladder?

Citigroup chief Pandit stuns Wall Street by quitting

Vikram Pandit abruptly stepped down from the helm of Citigroup yesterday after a boardroom clash at the top of the third-largest US bank.

Goldman beats forecasts to roar back to profit –and big bonuses

Goldman Sachs smashed Wall Street forecasts with its third-quarter figures yesterday.

How has Apple changed after Steve Jobs?

A year ago today Apple founder and svengali Steve Jobs died. CNN's Heather Kelly explores how the iconic brand has changed under his successor, Tim Cook.

Simon English: 'Draghi Put' is keeping the real pain in Spain at bay

Outlook The "Greenspan Put" was the assumption rife among Wall Street traders that should shares fall to a certain level, Alan Greenspan, the former head of the US Federal Reserve, would intervene by slashing interest rates so much that bonds were no longer worth buying. Investors would turn to equities and the Dow Jones would soar. Everyone would be happy, or at least would feel like they were getting richer, even if asset prices were plainly inflated.

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CME's move lifts London

London received a major boost to its status as a global financial centre yesterday as the world's largest futures exchange, CME, revealed it has applied to run a new European derivatives market there.

Album: Ry Cooder, Election Special (Nonesuch)

With Election Special, Ry Cooder extends the outraged political perspective of last year’s outstanding Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down into election year, with another set of what he called that album’s “simple tools for citizens under siege”.

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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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