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Fed signals tightening by mid-2015

New ‘patient’ judgment replaces forecast of low rates for ‘considerable time’

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Russian currency gains against dollar and euro

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EU caps debit and credit card fees

Draft law seeks to end protracted battle with payment groups

China interest rates rise despite PBoC

Expectations of more easing propel stock market

Barclays says universal banking is ‘dead’

Chief executive says investment needed is big challenge

EU toughens up research fee rules

Move to tackle conflicts of interest and a lack of transparency

Uber pledges to improve driver checks

Company researching biometric verification to screen drivers

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Phone deal to give 90% of UK mobile cover

Government and operators set 2017 as target in legal commitment

Royal Mail sell-off lost taxpayers £180m

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Jeb Bush’s interests face scrutiny

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Queue of companies lining up to join junior market getting longer

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