ECB bond-buying to start on March 9

Central bank revises up growth forecasts amids signs of accelerating recovery

Profits lift Aviva and Friends Life shares

Both UK insurers beat forecasts ahead of planned £5.6bn merger

High frequency trading

Virtu hopes time can heal HFT furore

New York trading powerhouse looks again at flotation

London struggles to build cheaper homes

Councils fail to hit targets amid spiralling living costs

UK house prices fall 0.3%, says Halifax

Slowing market contrasts with better economic activity, low mortgage rates

BAML departure fuels talk of SGX switch

BofA banker speculated to replace outgoing Singapore exchange head

Davis builds X2 war chest up to $5.6bn

Former Xstrata chief executive on the acquisition trail

Mortgages help Virgin Money double profit

Challenger bank expects to join FTSE 250 this month

Cash denied to charities in conflict zones

Counter-terrorism legislation causes banks to block funding, report says

Portuguese banks: are you asking?

Fun at the disco as the country’s lenders size each other up

Regulator holds HSBC’s ‘feet to the fire’

Scandal-hit bank pressed to simplify group and improve controls

Numbers fall off StanChart’s scoreboard

Investors puzzled by noble gesture to waive reward for failure

L&G eyes South America push

Sharp fall in domestic annuity sales prompts change in strategy

Victory for City on eurozone clearing houses

Court forces ECB to scrap location policy

Shadow financing ‘threatens US bank profits’

US financials may lose 7% of earnings, warns Goldman

StanChart chief waives bonus

Bank expands restructuring plans to weather ‘perfect storm’

EU proposes to extend bank pay rules

Bonus caps of ‘major concern’ in London

$62bn tax secret of Buffett’s success

Berkshire Hathaway group is savvy when it comes to deferring tax

Poland’s mBank thrives on disruption

Lender goes all-out to outpace competitors with digital offering

Indian banks: paper chase

With a lot of supply coming, there is no rush to buy

StanChart / ECB / Afren

Yogi Sandsneesh’s valedictory results bear closer scrutiny

Berkshire Hathaway set to sell eurobonds

Company has hired banks to examine possibility of taking advantage of low borrowing costs

Vanguard’s Europe march tracks ECB’s QE

Passive investment provider expects rising demand for stocks

Jenkins upbeat on Barclays’ progress

Lender beats analysts’ expectations, but many challenges remain

World’s biggest banks still €300bn short

Regulator reveals shortfall of safe assets to comply with new rules

In defence of BoE cosy fireside chats

The Bank of England cannot manage markets while standing aloof

Citigroup: Getting ready for primetime

Bank is girding itself for stress test results

Retreat from investment banking gathers pace

RBS to slash jobs and Barclays chief impatient for turnround

Partnership turns to majority shareholder

Profits dented by overhaul of annuity market

Barclays: flapping eagle

The bank is working hard to restructure, but progress is slow

Tullett to use windfall for acquisitions

Funds from legal settlement to be used on new ventures

Moneysupermarket shares fall 9 per cent

Shares fall on worries that it may have to pay compensation

Financial sector weakened by bank crisis

Scandals also drive a wedge between the City and fiscal mandarins

Dubai property price slide deepens

Emirate’s residential market hit as foreign interest wanes

Taylor Wimpey to double investor payout

Housebuilder buoyed by improving economy and mortgage access

Dubai to build major post-crash project

Vote of confidence in financial centre despite competition from Abu Dhabi

Jenkins’s L’Oréal moment

Board is paying out in advance for chief’s clean-up efforts

Fed urged to clarify bank capital rules

Systemic Risk Council chair Bair says openness is needed to win support

Grosvenor House Hotel on the market

Mayfair landmark to be sold with owner in administration

BoE knocked over forex inquiry

Treasury committee member commissions critical legal opinion

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