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Friends tries to turn tables on Resolution in merger battle

Insurer sees benefits of a combination, but says it should be the lead party

Friends Provident set to reject Cowdery's offer

Friends Provident, the insurance group, is expected to rebuff a takeover approach from financial services tycoon Clive Cowdery's investment vehicle Resolution today.

Jeremy Warner: C&G pays the price for Lloyds banking merger

Outlook So farewell then Cheltenham & Gloucester, whose high street brand dates back to the mid-19th century but, like so much else, is now falling victim to the relentless march of "progress" – in this case the cost-cutting integration of Lloyds TSB with Halifax Bank of Scotland.

Fashion: Hark, what style is this?

When times get tough, designers get creative and flamboyant escapism is often the order of the day. But the autumn collections were more about high-church asceticism. Arcane, medieval shapes and styles were going on a pilgrimage to the end of the catwalk and back.

Families: Pensioners get a little money to burn for winter warmth

Family finances won't be measurably better off as a result of the changes announced yesterday. But there was some positive news for pensioners after the Chancellor pledged to keep the Winter Fuel Allowance at the higher level introduced last year – £250 for over 60s and £400 for over-80s – for another 12 months.

Signs of life in crippled property fund market

Some funds believe the worst is over, with yields proving attractive.

Scottish Widows sued again over company pensions

Life insurer Scottish Widows has been issued with two further writs from former corporate clients alleging the firm offered negligent advice over their pension schemes.

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Investors wishing to remove their money may have to wait six months

First the rate cut. Now for tax cuts

Government pressure forces banks to pass on 1.5 per cent rate cut to customers / PM plans more help for voters

The lavish party where the fate of HBOS was sealed

The setting was an 18th-century palace. The guests were some of the City's biggest names – and Gordon Brown. The outcome was a deal that stunned the markets. By David Prosser and Andrew Grice

Wealth Check: To get out of the red, he would even sell his home

Desperate times, desperate measures. But is there another way and would the sacrifice be worth it? By Harriet Meyer

Money and marriage: Don't let financial affairs ruin your relationship

To stay together, couples must be honest about money matters, says James Daley

Charles Thomson: A day in the life

The Ombudsman is ready and the Government is on the phone – the culmination of many years of hard slog. By James Daley

Scottish Widows negligence claim launched

The first legal action against the insurer Scottish Widows, facing allegations of negligence over advice given to up to 100 pension schemes between 1999 and 2000, has been filed in the Scottish courts by WTL International, a Macclesfield-based engineering firm.

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