Insurers should be supervised at scale

Berkshire Hathaway ought not to evade too-big-to-fail rules

The bank of England, City of London.
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Precarious prospects of London finance

UK’s next government needs a clear vision for the financial services industry, writes Philip Augar

Chancellor George Osborne
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Curtis Banks votes for polling day IPO

Pensions provider defies election uncertainty with listing on Aim

Floods in europe

Catastrophe bonds guru hits back at book

Fermat Capital’s Seo says researchers ‘stoking unfounded fears’

Buffett defends relationship with 3G

Berkshire chief’s reputation as benign acquirer under fire

Financial groups face FCA approval delays

Waiting time has nearly doubled since markets watchdog was set up

Nasdaq tempts traders with fee holiday

Exchange launches aggressive challenge to rivals CME and ICE

Investors crowd in to fill equity gaps

Sector is flourishing, despite risky odds and light regulation

Buffett fields tough investor questions

Shareholders ask about succession, predatory lending, Heinz lay-offs and sugar

Rail operator bolsters Berkshire profits

Upbeat results greet investors gathering for Omaha annual meeting

Week in Review, May 2

Apple demand; oil earnings, Walmart in China and Alliance Trust in the news

Exchanges need self-regulatory balance

The Sarao case highlights problems facing US organisations

Daniel Stewart’s shares suspended again

City stockbroker hopes to appoint nominated adviser and have bar lifted within a week

Alliance Trust board put on notice

Investors cross about performance and last-minute Elliott deal

Lloyds Banking Group: public good

Tories’ crazy idea to sell Lloyds shares via a public offer

Fears over final salary pension transfers

It can be tempting to cash in a defined benefits savings, but it’s a decision you might regret

The assault on austerity

Days before the UK election, an effort to win history's verdict

Canary Wharf station bridges two worlds

Glassy towers contrast sharply with clumps of social housing in landscape of neglect

Woodstock of Capitalism’s odd couple

Gates and Buffett mark Berkshire’s golden anniversary in Omaha

Ex-Fed boss helps Pimco steer policy maze

Bernanke’s salary not disclosed but seven-figures likely

Small funds struggle to find big backers

Wall St’s largest banks are focusing on their biggest clients

Virgin Money bolsters mortgage lending

Challenger bank estimates it has carved out a 3.6% share of gross home loan lending

Lloyds ups profit forecasts after TSB hit

Bank says net interest margin will stay above 2.55% for the year

Carr’s defence skills handy for Fairhead

BAE Systems chairman persuaded to take up BBC role

Revenue challenged over HSBC tax scandal

Avaaz campaigners push for judicial review of amnesty

RBS: McEwan goes Forth

Lender battles to end its saga of big writedowns and provisions

Balls seeks to reassure sceptical City

Shadow chancellor in pledge not to pursue ‘heavy-handed’ regulation

Bunge rules out transformational deals

Chief positive on outlook after quarterly earnings jump

Forex probes push RBS to £446m deficit

Bank sets aside £856m for investigations and litigation

Quiz: When did Warren Buffett say it?

Compare quotes from the Oracle of Omaha spanning 50 years

Healthy liquidity needed to survive shocks

If US rates suddenly rise, investors may flood out of bond funds

Apple targets ‘silver surfers’ with iPad

Millions of Japanese customers to get easy to use version of the tablets

Austria to test rules on broken banks

Trial run for untested regulations on who foots bill

Spare small banks from Basel, says Fed

Daniel Tarullo acknowledges burden from global rules

BNP Paribas: following wind

French bank has much more to prove

London luxury housing market slows down

Tax changes and election fears blamed for fall in sales of £1m properties

Cash levels grow as funds wait to deploy

Investors await a turn in the market before committing funds

Greek endgames

Europe's plotwriters are deciding what form catharsis will take

Foxtons’ sales revenues fall

London estate agent continues expansion despite slowdown

Zoopla to buy price comparison site uSwitch

£160m deal aims to create broader home services portal

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