Alibaba launches credit rating service

System mines data from 300m consumers and 37m businesses

Renminbi joins five most-used currencies

Chinese currency surpasses Canadian and Australian dollars

Bain Capital snaps up TI Automotive

US buyout group adds British car parts supplier to its portfolio

GFI head makes last call for CME backing

Michael Gooch says he and ex-wife will take cut price for shares

Crest Nicholson downplays housing fears

Housebuilder’s completions and average selling prices rise

No quarter needs to be given on reporting

Removing the compulsion for so many IMSs will ensure a much clearer picture

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Luxury downturn hits Foxtons’ commission

Agency suffers decline as London property market slows

Apollo pulls $400m Presidio bond offer

Power in the junk bond market shifts from issuers to buyers

Goldman profit on disputed trades in focus

Deadline for bank to disclose details of profit made passes

Ulbricht used alias to promote Silk Road

Alleged mastermind’s Gmail account matched expense report entries

Greek banks: diving down

First concern is to deposit flight, as savers become nervous

Banks warns capital rules will blunt QE

Financial groups propose a relaxation to securitisation regulations

London faces surfeit of expensive new homes

More than a decade’s supply being built for developers

Lone Star checks into Jurys Inn

US distressed-debt investor swoops on Irish/British hotel chain

Mustier leaves banking for private fund

Former UniCredit executive joins ‘shadow’ French debt specialist

Q&A: Finding a new chief for StanChart

More tough times ahead predicted for emerging markets bank

Time is ripe for radical action by banks

Deutsche could become a pure-play investment bank and Barclays a retail bank

Unions suffer for lack of a killer app

Sharing economy is both a threat and a missed chance for organised labour

Smart beta gains traction with investors

Hybrid strategy combines active and passive management elements

Centre Point moves to high-rise living

Sixties tower block to become London luxury flats

Key dates as Syriza seeks debt relief

Negotiations between Athens and creditors likely to be fraught

Santander to offer services through Post Office

Response to government pressure to increase accessibility

Bettencourt case set to grip France

Ten go on trial in Paris accused of exploiting L’Oreal heiress

Abe takes to fairways to pitch pay rises

Prime minister courts corporate leaders at Japan’s country clubs

FCA to target peer-to-peer marketing

Concerns products sold as ‘risk-free’ savings accounts

Axis-PartnerRe deal reshapes reinsurance

Merger is latest sign of industry consolidation

Andreessen to invest $58m in TransferWise

London start-up holds competitive bid process for backers

Human investment managers risk obsolescence

Computerised hedge funds will ‘dominate’, says Braga

StanChart steps up hunt for CEO successor

Bank hires headhunters to replace Peter Sands

Estate agents challenge Rightmove and Zoopla

Estate agents hope new portal will help them regain market share

Ackman breaks into hedge fund top 20

US activist investor’s Pershing fund delivers 33% for year

Anne Stausboll, Calpers: the $300bn woman

The mighty US pension fund boss squeezing fund managers’ fees

Bharara challenges insider trading ruling

Future prosecutions hinge on outcome of US Attorney’s challenge

Jain clashes with Lew and Carney over regulation

Officials reject Deutsche chief’s fears over liquidity crisis

Week in Review, January 24

Forex brokers, Microsoft, Total and Swedish jet scandal featured

Blue skies create a reinsurance tragedy

Reinsurers can be considered ‘climate refugees’, says John Dizard

Bank watchdog reviews sovereign debt rules

Basel Committee on Banking Standards pushes risk on government bonds up agenda

BBVA boosts capital with Chinese deal

Spanish lender sells stake in China Citic Bank for €1.46bn

Rich will split homes to avoid tax, say experts

Wealthy homeowners explore ways to minimise value as mansion levy looms

New property portal launches

OnTheMarket criticised as attempt to stifle competition

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