BlackRock challenges UK life insurers

Fears over pensions overhaul prompts crop of retirement plans

Lidbetter preaches Co-op reform

Chairman has month to convince board to back reforms ahead of AGM

JPMorgan’s China head moved to fresh role

Zili Shao ran unit at centre of ‘princeling’ scandal

Banks retreat from Moscow deals

Japanese lead pullback over fear of wider Ukraine sanctions

Jury still out on Barclays’ ‘Saint Antony’

Next few weeks will be critical for group chief’s five-year plan

Emerging markets repent of ‘original sin’

Issuing bonds in local currencies has not spared countries from volatility

Hunt for scapegoats traps Irish in past

Bankers’ trials fixate country – and stop it moving on

Libyan wealth fund to appoint managers

New head of the LIA outlines plans to raise standards

Rent growth at lowest rate for four years

Rent income slows as buy-to-let sector expands

Banks lobby to retain commodities units

Move comes as Fed considers tougher rules on physical assets

Private equity profits spur Blackstone

Quarterly economic net income rises 30%

Trade credit insurance to the rescue

Humdrum mechanism could mitigate risk of securitising lending

French property CGT relief nears end

Second homeowners looking to sell have four months to benefit from discount

Lending Club valuation rises to $3.76bn

Warnings of a bubble in pre-IPO companies

RBS pledges reform on SME borrowers

Bank to overhaul treatment of customers in financial distress

Lloyds ‘bail-in bonds’ offer accepted

Bank expects to have the right to buy the debt back at par

Stock-based remuneration poses dangers

Risk that workers will demand higher cash component in their pay

National Bank of Greece plans bond launch

Two former Anglo Irish executives guilty

Convictions relate to Ireland’s catastrophic banking crisis

Fink says tech rout driven by hedge funds

BlackRock boss says long-term investors not spooked by volatility

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