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    1. FT Alphaville

      August 26, 2015

      Note the frightening effects of financial glyphosate*

      *Glyphosate That’s the price of Syngenta, listed in Zurich, in the wake of news from Monsanto that its latest takeover...

    2. August 25, 2015

      Zurich bid for RSA leaves Hester on the move again

      Little more than 18 months since Stephen Hester was ejected from Royal Bank of Scotland before his revival efforts were...

    1. FT Alphaville

      August 25, 2015

      Markets Live: Tuesday, 25th August, 2015

      This Markets Live session ended at 12:05 on 25 Aug 2015. Participants in this session were: Paul Murphy, Bryce Elder,...

    2. August 25, 2015

      RSA: cash asserts royal prerogative

      Cash is king in a bear(ish) market. RSA Insurance has opened its books to would-be buyer Zurich and is willing to...

    3. FT Alphaville

      August 25, 2015

      FT Opening Quote - Zurich tables £5.6bn RSA offer

      RSA seems willing to accept Zurich’s latest offer in turbulent markets and Poundland faces no quid pro quo for its 99p...

    4. August 24, 2015

      Shares in RSA buoyed as Zurich talks progress

      Shares in the insurer RSA were buoyed on Monday as hopes rose that Zurich may yet salvage a deal to buy its UK rival,...

    5. August 23, 2015

      Zurich Insurance seeks more time for £5bn RSA offer

      Zurich Insurance has called on its bid target RSA to give it more time to table a formal offer for its UK rival after...

    6. MBA blog

      August 20, 2015

      Learning a whole new ballgame

      I have to admit, my timing was not bad this summer. I moved my whole life from Zurich to Toronto just in time to see a...

    7. August 17, 2015

      Confusion clouds European insurers’ efforts to bolster capital

      Niche sports, such as curling, pelota or kabaddi, take a lot of explaining to the uninitiated. Similar confusion clouds...

    8. August 11, 2015

      Annuities partnership tries to make the best of impaired market

      Partnership Assurance is good at writing annuities for customers known as “impaired lives” due to illness or unhealthy...

    9. FT Alphaville

      August 11, 2015

      Opening Quote: It's a merger of annuities

      Two annuity specialists are joining forces, the Pru posts its first numbers since Tidjane Thiam’s departure and...

    10. August 9, 2015

      Zurich targets savings from RSA reinsurance bill

      Zurich Insurance is drawing up plans to slash hundreds of millions of pounds from prospective takeover target RSA’s...

    11. August 6, 2015

      RSA / Zurich: a mountain for the Swiss

      First, the easy part. UK-based insurer RSA would make a wonderful fit for Swiss rival Zurich. The latter has $3bn of...

    12. August 6, 2015

      RSA: a fox bolts for cover

      Tally ho! Sometime fox hunter Stephen Hester finds himself the quarry as Zurich Insurance considers a £5bn-plus bid for...

    13. August 6, 2015

      RSA’s Hester signals he will seek a hard bargain from Zurich

      Stephen Hester, RSA’s chief executive, has signalled he will drive a hard bargain from prospective bidder Zurich,...

    14. FT Alphaville

      August 4, 2015

      FT Opening Quote - RBS 5.4% freer of government interference

      The UK government’s stake sale in RBS may mark the end of its meddling in the bank’s affairs, JustEat has 57 per cent...

    15. FT Photo Diary

      August 3, 2015

      Fountain of youth

      A girl refreshes under a fountain during hot temperatures on Sechselaeutenplatz square in Zurich on Monday ...

    16. July 31, 2015

      City Insider: PR groups fight over Barclays

      Barclays: Spin wars Two of the City’s heavyweight spin-doctors are going head to head in a battle to advise Barclays on...

    17. July 29, 2015

      Zurich Insurance says any offer for RSA might be in cash only

      Zurich Insurance has signalled it is serious about launching a takeover bid for UK rival RSA after the Swiss group said...

    18. July 28, 2015

      Zurich raises prospect of clean RSA exit for Hester

      Stephen Hester spent five years trying to revive the fortunes of crisis-hit Royal Bank of Scotland before political...

    19. July 28, 2015

      Zurich / RSA: just looking

      First let someone do the dirty work, then pounce. Zurich Insurance Group says it is evaluating an offer for RSA. Good...

    20. July 24, 2015

      Visa chief Charlie Scharf adds to pressure for Sepp Blatter exit

      The chief executive of Visa has increased the pressure on Fifa president Sepp Blatter to leave immediately, saying that...

    21. FT Photo Diary

      July 20, 2015

      Extraordinary FIFA Meeting

      British comedian known as Lee Nelson (unseen) throws banknotes at FIFA President Sepp Blatter as he arrives for a news...

    22. July 16, 2015

      Fifa shuffles along road to rehabilitation

      Fifa is to bar countries bidding to host the World Cup from funding football projects overseas as it responds to US...

    23. July 16, 2015

      Switzerland extradites first Fifa official to US

      Switzerland extradited to the US the first of seven officials held in custody in relation to a corruption investigation...

    24. July 2, 2015

      Chubb deal shows scale of Evan Greenberg’s ambitions

      Much like his father, Evan Greenberg is not one to sit still. So when the head of New York-listed insurer Ace fell off...

    25. FT Photo Diary

      July 1, 2015

      Lake Zurich

      People swim during the annual public Lake Zurich crossing swimming event in Zurich   ...

    26. July 1, 2015

      Greenberg’s Ace buys insurer Chubb for $28.3bn

      The dealmaking rush in global insurance reached new levels on Wednesday when Ace agreed to buy its New York-listed...

    27. June 26, 2015

      Travel updates: London, Zurich, Devon

      London KidZania, the global chain of educational theme parks for children, has opened a new European flagship in...

    28. June 3, 2015

      Blatter under pressure to go before successor found

      Fifa insisted on Wednesday that there was “no panic” at its headquarters in Zurich, but in the outside world pressure...

    29. June 3, 2015

      Harsh realities dawn on Switzerland’s private banks

      By 2013, Banque Cramer knew it had a problem. With just SFr2bn of client money, the 300-year-old Swiss private bank was...

    30. June 2, 2015

      Seven Investment Management in talks to sell to Cayzer family

      Wealth manager Seven Investment Management is in advanced talks about a sale to the Cayzer family investment trust,...

    31. May 29, 2015

      Football in crisis: Fifa – a tarnished brand

      It is 9pm on a balmy Thursday night in Zurich and several of the most important men in world football are relaxing on...

    32. May 29, 2015

      Sepp Blatter warns Fifa sponsors not to rebel

      Sepp Blatter warned Fifa’s sponsors on Friday they could not afford to abandon world football’s governing body, given...

    33. May 29, 2015

      Fifa votes to examine Palestinian grievances

      Palestinians scored a symbolic goal in their Middle East conflict on Friday when Fifa agreed to form a committee to...

    34. May 29, 2015

      Midnight feast with vodka helped win World Cup for Russia

      In July 2001, Sepp Blatter and a group of world football officials became stranded on a dirt road outside Moscow in the...

    35. May 29, 2015

      Blatter wins fifth term as Fifa presidency in closer than expected vote

      Sepp Blatter has won a fifth term as president of Fifa after his challenger conceded following an inconclusive first...

    36. May 28, 2015

      Fifa moneymaking machine still spins

      For an organisation with its headquarters on Sunny Hill, the outlook for Fifa, custodian of the football World Cup and...

    37. May 28, 2015

      Q&A: How will US and Swiss forces tackle Fifa?

      Swiss police on Wednesday arrested seven top officials from Fifa, the governing body for world football, at the request...

    38. May 27, 2015

      Fifa elite try to put on brave face after shock at dawn raids

      The 700 or so people who run world football huddled in Zurich hotel lobbies and conference rooms on Wednesday, trying...

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