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Claridge’s

Abu Dhabi wants to buy Claridge’s, The Berkeley & The Connaught for £1.6bn

Mon, 2 Mar 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the world’s second-largest sovereign wealth fund, owns assets worth over $773bn.

TalkTalk

TalkTalk customers are at risk of fraud after major data theft

Fri, 27 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

One customer had thousands stolen by fraudsters

Lloyds banking group

Lloyds finally pays out dividends on £1.7bn profits

Fri, 27 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Some good news for the troubled bank’s investors

Burning cash

RBS posts £3.5bn loss. Can its newly appointed chairman help?

Thu, 26 Feb 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

The state-owned bank has just reported its seventh consecutive loss

Hurrah happy growth jobs - man in suit jumping with joy

Here's why FTSE 100 hit a record high last night

Wed, 25 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

The share index closed at 6,949.63, beating the previous record close of 6,930.2

David Potts CBE, Morrisons new CEO

7 vital things you need to know about Morrisons new CEO David Potts

Wed, 25 Feb 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

It’s no exaggeration to say that Morrisons began 2015 on an appalling note.

Wonga

Wonga is cutting a third of its jobs. Here's why

Tue, 24 Feb 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Beleaguered payday lender Wonga is planning to cull 325 jobs, more than a third of its workforce, in a bid to save £25m.

FCA chief executive Martin Wheatley

Bankers wriggle out of plans to make them criminally accountable

Tue, 24 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Bankers were going to be made more accountable – but now they’re not (sort of)

Money graph chart

Real wages are rising for the first time since 2007, says EY

Mon, 23 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

As inflation rates fall, wages surge ahead of prices

HSBC Private Bank Switzerland

Why have HSBC profits fallen by nearly a fifth?

Mon, 23 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

The bank’s 2014 results are pretty eye-opening

Backhander money

Private equity chiefs using “government-sponsored tax avoidance”, to save £700m a year, investigation finds

Thu, 19 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Research highlights the money pipeline between political parties and private equity houses

The Snapchat icon

Snapchat could become the third-most valuable start-up in the world

Thu, 19 Feb 2015| By Sophie Hobson

It’s not even four years old, yet it could be valued at $19bn

Ismail Ahmed, founder of WorldRemit

Fintech star WorldRemit just raised $100m. We ask founder Ismail Ahmed about growthVideo

Wed, 18 Feb 2015| By Sophie Hobson

And the business isn’t even five years old

HSBC

HSBC's Geneva office raided by Swiss police

Wed, 18 Feb 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

HSBC bank’s Geneva offices have been raided by the police today as part of a money-laundering inquiry.

Anthony Eskinazi, JustPark founder

JustPark just crowdfunded £1m in FOUR DAYS. We ask its founder how he did it

Tue, 17 Feb 2015| By Sophie Hobson

Entrepreneur Anthony Eskinazi on creating the most successful campaign in Crowdcube’s history

Cyber security hacking computers

How hackers pulled off a billion-dollar international bank robbery

Mon, 16 Feb 2015| By Sophie Hobson

Businesses in 30 countries targeted in “very slick” heist

Businessman emails files computers memory stick USB cloud thought biz business

HSBC whistleblower’s original 2008 email to HMRC found

Fri, 13 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Why didn’t HMRC act on the information?

Cameron Snooze sleepy

Election Dissection – a swift ride through the week’s political news

Fri, 13 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Which parties are encountering turbulence? Who’s on the war path? Is anyone winning? Here’s what’s been happening

HSBC Private Bank Switzerland

HSBC scandal: MPs to conduct “urgent” investigation into bank’s conduct

Tue, 10 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Revelations about world’s second largest bank mean difficult questions for UK government

Square Mile

A tale of two Cities? Square Mile divided over Europe

Mon, 9 Feb 2015| By Harry Cockburn

Hedge funds vs Investment bankers – the fight is on

money cash - 220 tall

Ouch. Osborne’s pension giveaway is “intergenerational theft” costing taxpayers £300m

Mon, 9 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Chancellor comes under fierce criticism from traditional allies

PwC office

PwC “promotes tax avoidance on an industrial scale” and misled MPs

Fri, 6 Feb 2015| By Robyn Vinter

Accountancy firm condemned by Public Accounts Committee

Women

These 10 FTSE 100 boards have shown most improvement for gender balance

Wed, 4 Feb 2015| By Shruti Tripathi Chopra

Hurrah! The UK’s biggest companies have made “enormous progress” in representation of women on their boards.

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