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    1. May 16, 2016

      Insurers plug in to domestic technology

      It is a common trick: leave the lights on when you go away and potential burglars will think you are still at home and...

    2. April 18, 2016

      Texas heads court fight on immigration against US administration

      The Obama administration clashed with Texas over immigration in the Supreme Court on Monday as the US’s top judges...

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    1. Risk Management

      Although many in the insurance industry think that it is behind other sectors when it ...
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    1. March 31, 2016

      Silver linings playbook offers tragic ending for Chinese M&A boom

      Funny how the silver lining within the dark cloud sometimes turns out to be toxic mercury. Global investment banking...

    2. Fast FT

      March 31, 2016

      Opening Quote: Tata pulls the plug; Tui's sunny view

      The prime minister needs to show his mettle on British steel, Tui has a sunny view of summer bookings, AO World has...

    3. February 15, 2016

      The Senate’s subversion of the Supreme Court

      Were there any uncertainty that the United States Supreme Court has become politicised to a disturbing degree, it was...

    4. November 24, 2015

      AO World to open operations in the Netherlands

      AO World has said the next stage of its plan to become Europe’s biggest online retailer of electrical goods is to open...

    5. November 24, 2015

      If acquisitions are worthwhile, they are worth discussing openly

      The protruding nail will be knocked flat. Dermot Desmond, campaigner against Ladbrokes’ £2.2bn merger with Gala Coral,...

    6. September 14, 2015

      EE says it will rings the changes on poor customer service

      EE says its broadband customer service has not been good enough. No kidding. A staff member recently swore violently at...

    7. June 26, 2015

      Justices shape US direction for decades

      Long after President Barack Obama leaves office, long after new justices are appointed to the US Supreme Court and long...

    8. FT Alphaville

      June 23, 2015

      Uh oh, AO World

      Have a look at the top of the shareholder register for AO World, the UK white goods retailer which listed in London...

    9. June 2, 2015

      Financial pressure is a mind-altering drug for NHS and AstraZeneca

      The splendour of the National Health Service is illustrated by the redundancy of Breaking Bad’s plot arc in a British...

    10. June 2, 2015

      AO World losses hit £2.8m as conditions weigh on retailer

      AO World, the online electrical goods retailer that stunned the City last February when it floated in London with a...

    11. March 4, 2015

      US health reforms head for Supreme Court cliffhanger

      Barack Obama’s signature healthcare legislation could be heading for another cliffhanger verdict at the US Supreme...

    12. November 25, 2014

      German business hits AO World as sales rise

      AO World, the white goods retailer that floated in February, has reported revenue growth of a quarter in its first...

    13. November 14, 2014

      How some good came of the AO flotation

      Readers may remember that I was unimpressed by the spate of flotations this year, many of which came to market at...

    14. June 23, 2014

      Supreme Court limits shareholder lawsuits

      The US Supreme Court on Monday declined to overturn a landmark decision that permitted certain class action investor...

    15. June 5, 2014

      AO World sales growth fails to stave off shares downturn

      Strong sales growth in AO World’s maiden results were not enough to stop another drop in the online retailer’s share...

    16. April 25, 2014

      All eyes on AO World’s European expansion

      AO World’s flotation on the stock exchange achieved a lot in a short time. It made the founder of the domestic...

    17. April 22, 2014

      US Supreme Court upholds Michigan ban on affirmative action

      The US Supreme Court has upheld a Michigan law that allows the state to ban the use of affirmative action, or racial...

    18. April 6, 2014

      AO flotation boost for northern charities

      The flotation of Appliances Online resulted in millions of pounds for investors, but it has also given millions more to...

    19. April 4, 2014

      A decision right in principle but wrong in practice

      The US Supreme Court is reshaping election law based on principles that are distant from most Americans’ idea of common...

    20. February 27, 2014

      Personal touch gives edge in broker tussle for listing business

      When John Roberts began preparing AO.com for its stock market debut, he knew it would be a hard sell. The chief...

    21. FT Long Short

      February 26, 2014

      Uh-oh, AO

      Appliances Online is now AO, and it’s a hit with the market. Shares leapt 40 per cent as it floated in London today....

    22. February 26, 2014

      AO shares surge on London debut

      Shares in AO.com surged on debut on Wednesday, jumping as high as 44 per cent above the offer price in a move that...

    23. February 7, 2014

      AO.com founder John Roberts’ rise began with pub bet

      John Roberts founded AO.com, the online electricals retailer, after a bet in a pub. Fed up with his job as head...

    24. February 7, 2014

      AO.com hires Asos chairman as it confirms IPO plans

      AO, the appliances website, will cap off its journey from a tiny Bolton-based white goods retailer to an online giant...

    25. October 7, 2013

      White goods retailer offers same-day delivery

      “Sorry we missed you!” The four words every consumer dreads when waiting for an online order could become a thing of...

    26. June 28, 2013

      Political gridlock empowers US justices

      Antonin Scalia, the US Supreme Court’s most colourful conservative, issued a furious dissent from the bench on its...

    27. June 26, 2013

      Court rulings reflect a sea change in US

      The plaza in front of the Supreme Court was awash with rainbow flags and “marry who you love” signs on Wednesday, as...

    28. January 20, 2013

      Obama sworn in for second term

      Barack Obama was sworn in on Sunday for a second time as the 44th president of the US, ushering in a second term...

    29. November 23, 2012

      Something for the weekend

      Employees across much of the industrialised world struggle with the work-life balance. Now research into flexible...

    30. July 3, 2012

      Romney under fire from conservatives

      Prominent conservatives are grumbling that the Romney campaign may not have what it takes to defeat Barack Obama, and...

    31. July 2, 2012

      The DC gossip bazaar silenced

      The nine judges on the US Supreme Court are not Trappists, adhering to a vow of silence. Several of them, both liberals...

    32. July 2, 2012

      Total confirms big gas find in Azerbaijan

      Total, the French oil group, confirmed it had discovered huge reserves of natural gas in the Caspian Sea, underscoring...

    33. The A-List

      June 28, 2012

      Bipartisan move won't take sting out of Obamacare

      On Thursday a majority of the US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known...

    34. The World

      June 28, 2012

      Obamacare survives, but economy is what matters

      So primed was everyone for an iconoclastic Supreme Court ruling that it took a few moments to realise Obamacare had...

    35. June 28, 2012

      Chief justice’s vote defies expectations

      When in 2005 Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois, decided to vote against the confirmation of John Roberts to be...

    36. June 28, 2012

      Healthcare verdict hardens political positions

      Barack Obama got his first news about the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision like most Americans, staring anxiously at...

    37. June 25, 2012

      Justices uphold key part of Arizona law

      The US Supreme Court has upheld the most controversial provision in Arizona’s tough immigration law, in the first of...

    38. June 24, 2012

      Tense wait for court ruling on Obamacare

      When John Roberts was being confirmed as chief justice of the Supreme Court in 2005, he famously said that the nine...

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