Regulators should be firm with Holcim-Lafarge

Tie-up does not look good for customers or suppliers

High-frequency trading as represented by the market data company Nanex
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Trading misconduct takes different guise

High-frequency trading extends old tricks of the trade

Banks stressed by the element of surprise

Shock therapy is the best way to stop the system being played

Pensions move a timely reminder on risk

No evidence UK insurers saw changes coming

Candy Crush Saga

Hi-tech is hot but try not to get burnt

The landscape is littered with tech deals that fell short

It pays to comb the fine print for clues

Burying material information in statements is common

Bolton based AO.Com at their distribution centre in Crewe Pictured inside the plant Date taken 24 January 2014
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Stubborn grey areas in AO flotation

Pitfalls of ‘never-mind-the-details-look-at-the price’ mentality

Parallels in property and private equity

Strong appetite for both asset classes

Wealth divisions throw mirror on society

Evidence growing of a ‘winner takes all’ economy

Pre-packaged news taken to another level

Treat the corporate trend with the same scepticism as for political ads

Forward guidance can be a backward step

Arbitrary quarterly targets only serve to encourage speculators

Cash hoarders unlikely to ride to rescue

More experienced CEOs willing to take a risk and spend

Cost of Target’s cyber attack hit home

Attacks are on the rise but many companies remain complacent

Information gap squeezes in on funds

Watchdogs crack down on investment managers’ traditional edge

Investor activism trend raises questions

Controversy surrounds demands for director bonuses

Challenge for financial advisers

Calls for greater transparency and longer-term thinking

Financial clean-up requires elbow grease

Recent events have dealt new blows to the industry’s image

Time and focus give directors extra boost

Co-op Group and Teva offer lessons on non-executive involvement

Forget Black Friday – think Fordism

Retailers should consider restoring link between wages and prices

EasyJet’s McCall leads the way

Big groups with most women directors outperform those with least

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