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FTSE LIVE: Footsie lacklustre on flat Wall Street opening, while former RBS chairman defends Govt. decision to sell bank stake

51 min 41 sec ago
With one hour of trading to go in London, the FTSE 100 index was down 3.55 points at 6,685.5, off its session high of 6,715.5 points.

Burberry star and celebrity juice-maker Wendy Rowe on how to build your brand

53 min 27 sec ago
Entrepreneur Wendy Rowe has worked to turn herself into a brand. She reveals how she came to work with star names, such as Victoria Beckham, pictured.

First-time buyers need to double salary to borrow enough for average starter home

2 hours 46 sec ago
The average price paid for a starter home rose by 5.1 per cent to £211,000 in May, according to the office for National Statistics - requiring earnings of £38,917 a year.

How to double or quadruple the value of Tesco Clubcard points

2 hours 16 min ago
Tesco shoppers can now double the value of their Clubcard vouchers and spend them in selected departments in store and online.

Churchill insurance owner Direct Line sees profits double thanks to fewer claims, cost cutting and better customer service

3 hours 53 min ago
The Bromley-based business said that refreshed marketing and improvements to its customer service had paid off.

Nationwide reports house prices hit new record high in July

4 hours 5 min ago
Nationwide said house prices rose by a fairly modest 0.4 per cent on the month in July, after a surprise drop of 0.2 per cent the previous month.

As scandal-hit HSBC reins in its global operations ALEX BRUMMER wonders what lies ahead

6 hours 11 min ago
At first blush it would seem entirely sensible that HSBC now wants to refocus on Asia, which produced two-thirds of its profits and is growing far faster than Europe and the Americas.

Will my dad have to sell his house to pay for his care?

6 hours 25 min ago
The costs of his care are rising all the time and although he has a small terrace I think we will eventually have to sell this as his savings have nearly all gone.

Government sells 5.4% of RBS back to the City - at a loss of £2.1billion to the taxpayer

6 hours 50 min ago
At 330p a share that has netted the Treasury £2.1billion, making the taxpayer a loss of around £1billion on the sale compared to the price of 502p payed seven years ago.

How much money do I need to save for my pension?

8 hours 14 min ago
We tend to put ambitious targets on our hoped-for income in retirement and then underestimate how much we will need to set aside to achieve that. So how much should you save?

Diesel prices fall 5p a litre in July to become cheaper than unleaded

9 hours 1 min ago
The price of diesel has fallen nearly 5p in the last month meaning it is now, on average, cheaper than unleaded at forecourts across Britain for first time since the summer of 2001.

CITY FOCUS: As Michael Howard faces questions on Soma Oil and Gas we investigate the former Tory leader's extensive business interests

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 21:00
Michael Howard, who served as an MP for 27 years before standing down at the 2010 election, has assembled a remarkable collection of business interests.

Shares boost for Rolls-Royce on hopes US hedge fund which seized 5.4% stake last week will push to slash costs

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 20:54
Warren East, Rolls’ chief executive, and chairman Ian Davis spoke to the San Francisco-based hedge fund ValueAct yesterday by phone after it revealed on Friday it had become a major shareholder.

Intertek excels during testing times: Safety checking firm was yesterday's biggest FTSE 100 riser 

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 20:53
The firm, which runs checks on everything from clothing to cars to soft toys to verify whether they comply with regulatory standards, has prospered despite the falling oil price taking a toll on business.

Goldman Sachs admits US fines for mis-selling toxic mortgages could escalate to £3.8bn

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 20:53
The Wall Street giant is in advanced talks with the US Department of Justice, which is expected to announce a settlement in the coming weeks.

Serious Fraud Office boosted by jailing of Libor scam trader as Theresa May tries to revive plan to abolish it

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 20:53
Former UBS trader Tom Hayes has been convicted of rigging Libor interest rates and sentenced to 14 years in prison. The verdict opens the door to dozens more prosecutions across the City.

MARKET REPORT: Sluggish China sends commodity prices and mining stocks tumbling

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 20:53
Disappointing figures showed factory output in China shrank again last month in a further sign that the world’s second largest economy is slowing.

Britain's big four banks rack up £50bn in fines since the financial crisis with HSBC set to pay £500m in US for rigging foreign exchange markets

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 20:53
The extraordinary bill for wrongdoing has spiralled this year as Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and Barclays have announced they have been forced to set aside more money to pay for past sins.

North Sea shrugs off falling prices and sees first increase in production in 15 years

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 20:52
Industry group Oil & Gas UK yesterday released an report that suggested the first half of this year recorded a 2.5 per cent rise in oil and gas production.

14 questions every landlord should ask prospective tenants

Mon, 08/03/2015 - 18:49
First impressions can so easily be wrong especially when a tenant is on best behaviour. Simple questions can ensure that you and your tenant are on the same page.