Aetna to buy Humana for $37bn


Merger creates second-biggest US managed care group

Thiam set for ‘ruthless’ C Suisse review

New chief executive says basic economics will underpin strategy

Trading Algorithms

Hedge fund worker jailed for copying code

Ke Xu admitted accessing computer program for algorithms

Antonov said to have fled UK

Ex-Portsmouth owner wanted in Lithuania over Snoras bank affair

N Ireland assembly in £7m payment probe

Claims made over sale of ­property assets by Irish ‘bad bank’

London’s luxury homes bubble loses air

First fall since crisis as stamp duty change ‘clobbers’ buyers

Irish publicans’ bank run in reverse

Pubs became the principal clearing houses during bankers’ strikes in the 1960s and 1970s, writes Peter Cunningham

Treasury considers pension tax shake-up

Providers alarmed at call to end upfront relief on contributions

US health insurers: as good as it gets

Opportunities for buyers are flatlining as prices peak


Optimal expects go-ahead on Skrill dea

Online payments group eyes LSE listing with €1.1bn deal

A metaphor du jour from Boris

George Soros’s birthday party, Ana Botin’s golfing prowess and feared short seller Daniel Yu

Sabadell warned on IT integration of TSB

Banking experts query cost of bringing UK challenger on board

RBS faces $13bn bill, says court filing

Assertion over mis-selling claims as UK prepares for share sale

FCA: On the wrong side of the argument?

Chief executive Martin Wheatley’s tough approach may be out of fashion

Zen and the art of finance market scrutiny

Huge database helps regulator keep watch for malpractice

Fosun bets on European property

Chinese group previously bought Club Med and Thomas Cook

Persimmon buoyed by rosy mortgage market

Housebuilder’s first-half revenues up 12%

ECB adds state companies to QE buying

Expansion would increase substantially central bank’s firepower

Persimmon: land bank

Housebuilder’s shares are richly rated, but could remain so for some time

Flow Traders: passive aggressive

A way for stock pickers to play passive investing

Whitehall eyes big housing benefit cuts

Key part of Osborne’s attempts to find £12bn in welfare savings

Complaints soar over data abuse

Commissioner says nuisance calls ‘making lives a misery’

Ivory Coast gains pace on road to revival

Investors rush to one of Africa’s best performers

Suspicious trading at historic low in UK

Abnormal price movements preceded 13.9 per cent of deals in 2014

Chubb deal shows Greenberg’s ambitions

CEO’s 15th transaction is another step towards an insurance empire

Bank chiefs who top the pay table

Dimon and Gorman shoot past Goldman’s Blankfein

Banker pay rebounds but only for a few

JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley set pace few are willing to match

US banks boost growth as Europe loses out

Trend illustrates how financial power is moving to Wall Street

US to test Dixons Carphone’s tech stamina

Honeybee software generates buzz in retail collaboration

European rules threaten market stability

Imposition of bank capital rules on market makers could undermine liquidity

MasterCard cashes in on smart transit

Credit card company promotes seamless ticketing in cash-dominated market

UK house price growth at 2-year low

Nationwide records monthly fall of 0.2% in June

RBS reduces cash management services

State-backed bank will refer some international businesses to BNP Paribas

Pressure rises on India exchanges to list

Institutional investors urge Delhi to push through stalled plans

PayPal dips into war chest for Xoom deal

Move into international transfers ahead of eBay split

Greenberg’s Ace buys Chubb for $28.3bn

Biggest tie-up in insurance industry in two decades

A prison ID in one hand — and a CFO award in the other

Enron’s Andrew Fastow’s lowdown on accounting flaws

Domus Italia axes IPO amid Greece turmoil

Company cites ‘extraordinary volatility’ for aborted listing

Asciano: ships of good hope

Brookfield offer looks good — if it comes mostly in cash

Independent wealth managers lure young

Larger traditional rivals have raised minimum investments, rejecting less lucrative customers


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