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Suddenly Swiss banks are not being regulated gently. How they hate it

In Switzerland supervision has traditionally been rather hands-off, where it’s even existed. Britain’s Mark Branson, the chief executive of the country’s financial regulator, Finma, means to change that.

Government can benefit from business's expertise – but clear focus is required

When business meets government, there is rarely a happy ending.

Can an 'insider' clean up the City?

When Sir Win Bischoff, the ex-chairman of Lloyds Banking Group and a former top banker with America’s Citigroup, was appointed chairman of the Financial Reporting Council earlier this year, he was criticised for being one of the City’s “insiders’ insiders” and an “odd” choice.

Market Report: Lady luck abandons online gaming group

Bwin.Party is rolling the dice but lady luck is not on its side.

Dave Lewis's 'revolution' is nothing more than what you’d expect from a Tesco boss

A well-known City PR adviser asked me on Monday what I thought Tesco was doing?

Government to pay back Churchill’s WW1 debt

Britain is finally preparing to pay off some of the huge debt it incurred as a result of the First World War.

'Geopolitical risks' shaking advertisers, says Sir Martin Sorrell

WPP’s founder Sir Martin Sorrell warned yesterday that the Ebola epidemic, the rise of Isis and unrest in Hong Kong are “grinding down” confidence among major advertisers.

Banks on the rise as RBS bounces into black and regulator goes easy

Shares in Britain’s banks surged yesterday as new rules on the cash they must hold as a proportion of loans turned out to be less onerous than feared and Royal Bank of Scotland converted last year’s third-quarter loss into a thumping profit.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn return to finance clouded by death of business partner Thierry Leyne

The return of Dominique Strauss-Kahn to finance has come under renewed scrutiny after it emerged his late business partner Thierry Leyne had been embroiled in a dispute with a Swiss investor before his death in an apparent suicide last week.

HSBC board member: slaves waited for the vote, so why can’t Hong Kong?

Democracy protesters in Hong Kong have reacted with fury to comments by a prominent local banker and Beijing-friendly politician comparing them to American slaves.

The City roundup video: RBS sets £400m aside for foreign exchange manipulation and Ebola and Isis hit advertising sales

Don't miss out on the goings on in the business world, with our_ _daily round-up of the biggest news from the City.

AB InBev hit by decline in beer sales in Russia and China

Shares in AB InBev, the world’s biggest brewer, fell three per cent in early trading after it missed profit target citing trouble in Ukraine and a chilly late summer in China.

Sony posts £1.2bn loss on decline in Chinese mobile business

Sony has reported a huge second-quarter loss after writing down the value of its mobile handsets business in the face of margin-slashing competition from China.

Russia central bank hikes rates as rouble slides

Russia's central bank has raised its main interest rate by more than anticipated as it tries to stop the rouble from sliding further.

Japan lifts world stock markets with surprise extension of stimulus programme

Markets around the world rallied after the Bank of Japan unexpectedly announced an extension to its money-printing programme.

Advertising supremo Sir Martin Sorrell warns ISIS and Ebola 'grinding down' ad business

WPP founder Sir Martin Sorrell has warned that the Ebola epidemic, the rise of Islamic State and unrest in Hong Kong are “grinding down” confidence among major advertisers.

SuperGroup issues profit warning on mild weather

SuperGroup became the latest victim of the mild autumn weather on Friday, as new chief executive Euan Sutherland was forced to use his first public outing to issue a profit warning.

Starbucks unveils plans for delivery service starting 2015

After reporting disappointing quarterly sales on Thursday, American coffee giant Starbucks has announced plans to introduce a delivery service.

DiamondCorp warns over diamond prices as strike continues

Development delays caused by strikes at a diamond mine that provides stones to luxury jeweller Tiffany continued today as the miner warned prices have weakened.

RBS sets aside £400 million to settle forex probe

Taxpayer-owned Royal Bank of Scotland has taken a £400 million hit for its role in forex market rigging allegations and warned there may well be more to come from this and other past banking scandals.

Retail banking comes to rescue as Barclays braces for a £500m penalty

The retail arm of Barclays has roared back, giving the bank a much-needed shot in the arm as it admitted that it could face £500m in fines and payments for its role in the alleged rigging of the £3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange market.

Property prices lose 'momentum’ after summer of records

Annual house price growth slowed for the second month in a row in October, according to Nationwide building society, in the latest sign the market has lost momentum.

Alstom director in court after SFO bribery probe

A former managing director at the industrial giant Alstom will appear in court on Monday accused of bribing Indian transport officials to win lucrative contracts.

Shell defies oil’s fall to boost profit as new chairman is announced

Shell reported soaring profits in the face of falling oil prices yesterday as it appointed Charles “Chad” Holliday as its new chairman.

Market Report: Imagination Technologies' dream is 'turning into a nightmare'

For Imagination Technologies, the “dream is turning into a nightmare”. That’s the verdict of Numis, which sent shares in the microchip designer tumbling yesterday as it downgraded it to a sell.

The bubble bursts for Sodastream

Sodastream began the year with a bang: it signed up the Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson as its first “global ambassador” and vowed to take on rivals Pepsi and Coca-Cola in a Super Bowl commercial watched by millions.

Mark Leftly: Work capability testing is a tough job – so call in the Greatest to do it

Westminster Outlook Over 10 years, the 20 project team names used on _The Apprentice_ have included “Phoenix”, the reborn bird of Greek mythology whose golden-red feathers shone so brightly as to emit pure sunlight, and “Apollo”, the son of Zeus and the God of truth.

Fed vindicated as growth gathers momentum in US with 3.5 per cent rise

The US economy grew at a better than expected rate of 3.5 per cent in the third quarter, supporting the Federal Reserve’s assertion of “sufficient underlying strength” when it felt confident enough to end its stimulus measures this week.

Shell puts rival BP in the shade after profits jump despite fall in oil prices

Shell put arch rival BP in the shade after it rode out oil-price “volatility” and turned to US corporate veteran Chad Holliday to be its new chairman.

Barclays sets aside £500 million for forex probe in latest banking scandal

Barclays has put aside £500 million to cover fines and payments it expects for its role in the alleged rigging of the £3 trillion-a-day foreign exchange markets.

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