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Banks breathe sigh of relief over UK leverage ratio
Shares of leading British banks surged on Friday after long-awaited rules limiting their indebtedness proved less draconian than industry executives had feared.
British banks  The Economist
Bank shares surge as new rules on capital prove less strict than feared  The Guardian   Related articles »  
Oil falls for fourth month, longest slump since 2008
NEW YORK: Oil's losing streak continued for the fourth consecutive month on Friday, with prices tumbling as another round of monetary stimulus from Japan pumped up the U.S.
Yen slides to 7-year low in London  Business Recorder
Sensex hits record high: Now Japan takes over the easy money party from the US  Firstpost
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Founder of WPP says political unrest in China is greatest threat to world economy
Political unrest in China is the greatest threat to the world economy, the founder of WPP said yesterday. Listing worries that have sapped confidence from global investors, Sir Martin Sorrell, boss of the advertising giant, said he had never seen a time with 'so ...
'Geopolitical risks' shaking advertisers, says Sir Martin Sorrell  The Independent
Tempus: On track in spite of the swans  The Times (subscription)
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UK contribution to the EU increased by a third last year
The United Kingdom's net contribution to the European Union increased by a third last year, to �11.3bn, according to new figures.
Conservatives put under further pressure by �2.7bn EU contributions  The Guardian
Britain's net payments to EU soar by a third in a year, ONS figures show
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British Airways owner expects profits to lift
THE owner of British Airways has stepped up pressure on its European rivals by forecasting it will make bigger than expected profits this year.
Shareholders in British Airways' parent International Airlines Group set ...  This is Money
British Airways owner IAG bullish on profit update  Scotsman
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Self-employed? You're 'stumbling into pensions nightmare'
Britain is being hailed as the �self-employment capital� of Europe, giving people who work for themselves plenty to celebrate.
Personal pension provision plummets  Financial Times
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Banks dominate risers after new standards
BANK stocks led a surge for the FTSE 100 Index after new standards on financial health from the Bank of England were met with relief by lenders.
Market report: Gold miners miss out as Japanese spending splurge fuels a ...
Banks lead UK's FTSE higher after Japanese stimulus boost  Reuters
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Hermes Investment Management to quit commodities markets
Hermes Investment Management, the UK fund manager, is to exit commodities markets as part of a wider reorganisation of the business.
Hermes Investment Management says to close commodities business  Reuters
Hermes to close commodities business, joins flight from sector  GlobalPost
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Million pound home sales at record levels
Rising house prices have taken the number of million pound home sales in the UK to a new high, according to research by Lloyds Bank.
More million-pound homes sold in Home Counties than Scotland altogether  The Independent
More �1 million plus homes in St Albans than whole of Scotland and Wales  Herts Advertiser
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Spencer sells City Index to GAIN Capital
Michael Spencer, the founder of interdealer broker ICAP, has sold his online spread betting company City Index to US rival GAIN Capital Holdings for $118m.
Michael Spencer sells City Index to US rival for $118m
Gain Capital buys online trading firm City Index  IFA Magazine
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