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Brad Barritt believes the current Saracens side is the best  in his five years at the club

David Cameron: Prime Minister becomes catalogue man in most comically staged photoshoot of his career

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BBC's Liz Barclay joins the Financial Services Consumer Panel

BBC business journalist Liz Barclay is set to join the Financial Consumer Panel, which advises the Financial Conduct Authority.

Eight top share tips from the professionals

Our eight experts turned in a bravura performance last year, coming within an ace of dethroning the Indy's tipsters. Had you put £1,000 into each one of their eight stocks your £8,000 would have turned into a whopping £12,181.

Global stock markets surge in 2013 as confidence returns

Stock markets around the advanced world rebounded in 2013, despite outbreaks of investor nerves over the tapering of the US Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus programme.

Troubled Serco left in limbo by delays in defence contracts

Outsourcing giant hit by ministry’s failure to choose  preferred bidders on time

China’s economy will slow, but is still jolly fast

The thing we have to fear on the economy? Too much optimism

The worst is over, and predicted catastrophes in the US and EU have not come to pass. But there are still plenty of potential bumps in the road

Householders use equity release to cut debts

Almost a third of all equity-release customers are using the cash they raise by selling a share in their home to pay off existing debts such as credit cards and loans, new research suggests.

Mark Dampier: Britain's small-cap funds punched well above their weight this year

It's been a good year for stock markets. In particular, European and Japanese markets have made large gains. There is a lesson here for all investors: despite a poor economic backdrop, stock markets can perform well. This is often because much of the bad news is priced in and markets are focusing on improved corporate prospects. Similarly, it shows the most uncomfortable investment decisions often turn out to be correct.

Consumers will spend £47bn this Christmas

A record £31.9bn is predicted to be spent on debit cards this festive season while a further £14.9bn of cash will be withdrawn from ATMs.

Hamish McRae: Next year should be good for the UK and other economies, but can the markets continue to rise?

Economic View: The better the economy does, the quicker rates rise and the greater the pressure on shares

SABMiller chairman Graham Mackay dies aged 64

Graham Mackay, the man credited for turning SABMiller into the world’s second-largest brewer, died this morning at the age of 64.

Market Report: Traders bet US Fed will keep the taps turned on into the  new year

A two-day meeting kicks off today at the US Federal Reserve to decide whether to bring to an end to the quantitative easing sooner rather than later.

Millionaire Arpad Busson to merge his hedge fund firm with Gottex

Arpad “Arki” Busson, one of the world’s best-known hedge-fund managers, is set to merge his $3 billion (£1.83 billion) EIM Group with Switzerland’s listed Gottex Fund Management to create a business managing $10 billion by mid-2014.

Munster celebrate after their late victory over Perpignan

Perpignan 17 Munster 18: Last-gasp try from JJ Hanrahan rescues Munster from jaws of defeat in thrilling finish

Perpignan looked to have secured a late win through Tommaso Benvenuti's effort by Hahrahan came off the bench to score with time expired

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