Mercer strips Pimco funds of top rating

Consultant’s downgrade triggers review by UK pension fund client

ECB pushed to take ‘junk’ loan bundles

Relaxation of rules likely to face German opposition

First US Ebola case diagnosed in Texas

Man from Liberia was potentially infectious for 4 days

Brazil polls show Rousseff lead widening

Rival Silva said to be suffering decline in support

Stocks and euro soft ahead of ECB

Traders wary as Hong Kong protests persist

Elisabeth Murdoch to end Shine era

Production company bought by 21st Century Fox in merger process

Yen hits six-year low after Tankan data

Sentiment in Japan’s service sectors falls sharply

Snoop Dogg joins Reddit funding round

Online discussion forum raises $50m

Chinese banks shun month-end deposits

Lenders scramble to comply with new rules to limit window-dressing

Ebay defends spin-off plan for PayPal

Strategy switch after pressure from activist investor Icahn

Brazil poll rivals clash on central bank

Rousseff campaign suggests independence will lead to famine

Surge in M&A deals in 2014

In the first three quarters the value of deals hit $2.66tn

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