Polish bank PKO to go international

Business sought in Germany, France, the UK and Czech Republic

Russia scales up bank bailout

Rouble’s rally falters at prospect of multiple rescues

Banks’ most expensive year on record

Total of fines and legal settlements equal to Croatia’s GDP

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Star fund manager of 2013 falls to earth

Michael Aronstein’s fund drops 13% and faces redemption requests

Japan Post IPO to include listing two units

State-owned group to float shares in insurance and bank units

Concern grows over payday lender tactics

New rules prompt fears over what companies will do to survive

SMFG defends culture of cross-shareholdings

Companies buying each other’s shares ‘good for investors’, it says

Russia pledges to help groups with foreign debts

Central bank to assist refinancings in bid to ease crisis

Heidelberg sells brick business for $1.4bn

Lone Star buys Hanson building products

Intu snaps up Spanish shopping mall amid recovery

UK company to buy retail park in Zaragoza for €451m.

China’s lenders can aid regional growth

Outbound flows of direct investment have overtaken inflows

Scandals fail to dent big four’s 2014 in UK

Accountants push into territory of consultants, lawyers and banks

Retail revolution sparks logistics change

The move to quick deliveries is being felt in property portfolios

Balls says mansion tax is top priority

Levy would be introduced in first budget if Labour wins election

Private equity hopes Petsmart marks turn

Buyout firms aim to come off dealmaking sidelines

UBS loses StanChart broking mandate

Emerging markets bank hires BofA for joint role with JPMorgan

EU opt-out for London fund managers urged

Think-tank proposals reflect growing euroscepticism

Chinese tycoon buys Australia cinema chain

ID Leisure’s Hoyts deal signals shift of interest into entertainment

Profit warning hits Thorntons stock

FTSE 100’s wider rally continues as financials shine

Basel to cut banks’ reliance on ratings

Measure reduces influence of agencies in risk assessment

Optimism on US banks: is it overdone?

Investors have enjoyed another year of rising share prices

Takeover volumes hit post-crisis highs

Global M&A volumes rise by almost half to top $3.3tn in 2014

Healthcare at heart of robust M&A year

Tax inversion deals fuel highest transaction volumes since crisis

Ocwen chairman to resign in settlement

Mortgage servicer will pay $150m over foreclosures

Watchdog hits PwC with two probes

Investigation relates to audit clients Tesco and Barclays

HK watchdog acts against shortseller

Citron Research first to face market misconduct proceedings

The fat lady sings for Earls Court

Demolition work starts on classic 1930s’ venue

Haitong to raise $3.9bn in Hong Kong

Move expected to presage share sales from more Chinese brokerages

Senior City staff expect 21% bigger bonus

Financial sector confident on payouts despite public concerns

House prices falling in a third of UK

Findings suggest tighter mortgage lending rules have cooled boom

Clipstone in Channel Island listing

Real estate investment trust raises £40m after dropping London float

Investment: Loser’s game

With as few as 10 per cent of US active managers beating their benchmark in 2014, they are having to employ new tactics

Big banks need to embrace digital era

Smaller operators are posing a threat to the status quo as they target profitable areas

US regulator probes ETF pricing

NY Fed fears unit prices might not always reflect underlying asset values

Jeremy Helsby: beyond country houses

The CEO of estate agent Savills remains a London property bull

Barclays limits potential Asia clients

UK lender engaged in ‘merciless’ root and branch review of activities in region

China eases rules for foreign banks

Move largely symbolic as Beijing makes good on reform pledges

Russian central bank shows how not to intervene

Authorities did too little, too late, too quietly

Wanda frontrunner for Infront Media deal

Caesars unit eyes bankruptcy protection

Restructuring agreement reached with some senior creditors

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