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Aviva agrees £5bn deal to buy rival Friends Life

by Daniel Grote on Nov 21, 2014 at 18:16

Deal would be the biggest for insurance sector in more than a decade.

Markets surge on China rate cut and ECB hopes

by Daniel Grote on Nov 21, 2014 at 16:10

Markets surge on surprise China interest rate cut and hints of more stimulus from the ECB. The Accumulator rounds up the week.

Why medium-sized companies are due a resurgence

by Daniel Grote on Nov 21, 2014 at 15:37

Medium-sized companies have been in the doldrums this year, but Georgina Brittain argues they are poised for a revival.

Trust cuts Barnett price but performance fee still hairy

by Gavin Lumsden on Nov 21, 2014 at 14:52

Perpetual Income & Growth, the best of Mark Barnett's three big investment trusts, has saved shareholders a lot of money, but is it enough? 

Quindell surges as mystery short seller revealed

by Daniel Grote on Nov 21, 2014 at 10:03

Shares up 60% after Quindell dismisses reports of sale of Nationwide Accident Repair Services stake. FT reveals short seller.

The Expert View: Babcock, Homeserve and Grainger

by Michelle McGagh on Nov 21, 2014 at 05:01

Our daily roundup of analyst commentary on shares, also including UDG Healthcare and Entertainment One.

Abenomics isn’t working: let’s turn activist!

by Gavin Lumsden on Nov 20, 2014 at 16:42

Curtis Freeze, the Hawaii-based manager of a Guernsey-based investment company, plans a raid on corporate Japan.

Ex-Plackett trust on liquidation knife edge

by Jonathan Yarker on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:45

An unnamed third party has launched a last-ditch attempt to save the BlackRock Hedge Selector from liquidation.

China and eurozone woes drag down FTSE

by Daniel Grote on Nov 20, 2014 at 10:20

Stalling factory growth in China and more worrying signs for the eurozone economy send FTSE 100 lower.

Fund managers tip stocks for special dividends

by Jonathan Yarker on Nov 20, 2014 at 08:00

With special dividends set to hit £18.9 billion for the year, here are the stocks fund managers are tipping as the next to pay out.

RBS fined £56m for computer meltdown

by James Phillipps on Nov 20, 2014 at 07:58

UK regulators impose fines of £56 million on Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for the IT failure in 2012 that affected millions of customers. 

The Expert View: Royal Mail, Barclays and Intertek

by Michelle McGagh on Nov 20, 2014 at 05:01

Our daily roundup of analyst commentary on shares, also including Enterprise Inns and Amlin.

Income star sells two insurers but keeps faith in sector

by Luca Rossi on Nov 19, 2014 at 15:56

AAA-rated Richard Hughes has sold Aviva and Jardine Lloyd Thompson after strong runs for their shares.

M&G's Dobell on Quindell: 'We made a mistake'

by Danielle Levy on Nov 19, 2014 at 15:23

(Update: adds analyst exit news) M&G Recovery manager Tom Dobell has said he regrets backing  insurance claims processor Quindell.

Affordable housing crisis: why we're not building enough homes

by Michelle McGagh on Nov 19, 2014 at 14:11

The number of homes built each year are housing less than half of new households being created.

Royal Mail sends FTSE lower on Amazon pain

by Daniel Grote on Nov 19, 2014 at 11:32

Royal Mail warns online retail giant Amazon's delivery service will slash growth rates for parcels business.

Pub shares tumble as MPs call time on beer rules

by Daniel Grote on Nov 19, 2014 at 10:36

MPs' vote to scrap 'beer-tie' arrangements could lead to big dent in pub operator revenues.

The Expert View: Smiths Group, Informa and Rentokil

by Michelle McGagh on Nov 19, 2014 at 05:01

Our daily roundup of analyst commentary on shares, also including Cineworld and Mitie.

Cameron sees red: does the PM's warning stack up?

by Daniel Grote on Nov 18, 2014 at 16:40

The prime minister has flagged 'red warning lights' for the global economy. Cazenove's Richard Jeffrey examines the danger spots.

Woodford: why Astra should reject another Pfizer bid

by James Phillipps on Nov 18, 2014 at 16:19

Will Pfizer resume its pursuit of AstraZeneca? Fund manager Neil Woodford hopes the drugs company will remain independent.

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