Lightning action is best to scare banks

Making fines more predictable would make them easier to plan for as a cost of doing business

Stakes high as Walmart takes on Amazon

Battle between giants will probably hurt other online rivals

Goldberg stood for tech’s nurturing side

The SurveyMonkey chief was highly talented but also unpretentious and truly meritocratic

US Flash Crash Trader...Navrinder Sarao at Westminster Magistrates Court. The US Department of Justice wants to extradite Navinder Singh Sarao, 36, on charges of wire fraud, commodities fraud and market manipulation. Mr Sarao told the hearing that he opposed extradition to the US. Credit:Priscilla Coleman/MB Media
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Exchanges need self-regulatory balance

The Sarao case highlights problems facing US organisations

HSBC’s talk of moving HQ sounds familiar

Bank tends to get restive whenever it is unhappy with tax changes

Investors right to question megamergers

Historically mergers and acquisitions have been value destroying

French courts end up funding banks

Regulators potentially reward lenders they suspect of wrongdoing

Corporate traders aren’t exactly saints, either

Wheat allegations suggest corporates are no more immune to the thrill of rate-rigging than banks

Companies profit via doing the right thing

Employers see it as good business to enhance workers’ conditions

Changing domicile easier said than done

But if UK bank levies keep rising the costs are easier to argue

Banks still struggle to learn from mistakes

Santander’s US arm fails stress tests for second year in row

RBS job cuts draw attention to staff numbers

As 14,000 roles go big surprise was so many investment bankers still worked there

Tech groups must get serious about security

Lawsuits against Lenovo could force tech groups to take security more seriously

Intangible assets find homes in Aim

There is a reason why the junior market has been dubbed ATM

Devil is in the details for HSBC scandal

Broad allegations over tax scandal are years old but anger has only just emerged

Pharma takes a dose of sense

Slew of deals announced this week a healthy sign

Cyber fast lane dreams hit hard shoulder

FCC’s new broadband definition could affect US internet speeds

Barclays bites back against NY watchdog

Previously unquestioned law enforcer has hit a dark pool hurdle

HMV proves that down does not mean out

Troubled companies find solace at the second chance saloon

‘Funny activity’ suggests banks vulnerable

Many lenders still depend on multiple ancient IT systems that barely speak to one another


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