Yen boosts Japanese equities in subdued holiday trade

Japan rises on weak yen, Australia flat as lunar new year holidays shutter China

Fink’s new breed of shareholder activism

Head of BlackRock backs ‘focus on long-term value creation’

Global financial stocks slide to new lows

Ultra-loose policy stokes fear over growth, credit and bank returns

Fund flows favour Treasuries over equities

US equity fund outflows approach $55bn over past two months

Bond yields send recession signal

Universe of negative yielding debt grows beyond $5tn as central banks indicate further easing

A taxpayer safety net that assists Metro

Challenger banks would otherwise find it tougher with depositors

Fed needs strong jobs number to tighten

Non-farm payroll miss would feed the bear market and limit rates

London gold market wrestles over future

Rise of electronic trade coincides with spike in physical demand

Eliminating the big bucks to cut crime

High-value notes are only of use to the underworld, says study

FCA slow in verifying company pledges

City watchdog has not followed up attestations since 2012-13

Price fall takes fizz out of oil event

Traders will try to seek a balance during annual bash in London

Clouds gather over South Africa’s miners

Fears over job cuts as groups faces toughest conditions for years

CK Hutchison in second Brussels battle

Proposed deal combines the two smallest mobile operators to become Italy’s largest

Europe feels pain from olive oil crisis

Consumers face higher prices while Tunisia becomes top exporter

Through the past, darkly

Today’s situation in Europe has parallels with the 1930s

Dry bulk crisis threatens shipowners

Companies suspend payments to creditors and make write-offs

Economic Outlook

Fed chair’s report to Senate is standout event

Movers & shakers: February 8

Gerard van Olphen to lead APG, the Dutch pension manager