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  • Sir, On the basis of the facts you report in your editorial "HSBC inquisition leaves questions unanswered" (February 26), your criticism of Stuart Gulliver is simply unfounded. Mr Gulliver, as ...

  • Campus life sparks start-up enthusiasm @ Financial Times - 1 hour 26 minutes ago

    At the end of possibly the most modest office tour - a single room in a 1970s office block overlooking London's Old Street roundabout - Nitzan Yudan admits that for now the dream of building his online ...

  • Rebekah Brooks set for social media return to Murdoch empire @ Financial Times - 1 hour 59 minutes ago

    Rebekah Brooks, the former tabloid editor who was cleared of all charges in Britain's phone hacking scandal, is returning to News Corp to run Storyful, the company's social media news agency. The return ...

  • Stock markets: where have the good times gone? @ Financial Times - 2 hours 21 minutes ago

    The Big Read: Bankers kept out of the bull run Nearly six years after it started, the bull market is in full swing, with stocks across the world smashing new records last week. In the US, the S&P 500 set ...

  • Monday interview: Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO @ Financial Times - 2 hours 57 minutes ago

    Andy Palmer was never going to be the chief executive of Nissan in Japan. He once sat in the court of Carlos Ghosn, the powerful boss of the Renault-Nissan alliance, and gained a reputation as something ...

  • UK drug manufacture drops by a quarter @ Financial Times - 3 hours ago

    The coalition's ambitions to promote the UK's £60bn pharmaceutical sector as a high-growth industry have suffered a blow after drug output dropped by a quarter during the lifetime of the government despite ...

  • Orange is considering a tie-up with Telecom Italia in a deal that would change the telecoms landscape in Europe and open the way to further consolidation of the sector. Stephane Richard, chief executive ...

  • Samsung has pressed the reset button on its flagship range of Galaxy smartphones in an attempt to revive its faltering fortunes as the world's leading maker in the sector. Samsung dubbed its latest Galaxy ...

  • RSA Insurance's multibillion-pound pensions liabilities are putting the insurer off a break-up as it could be forced to hand over a large share of sale proceeds to staff retirement schemes, its chief executive ...

  • Wood Mackenzie seeks £2bn listing @ Financial Times - 5 hours ago

    Wood Mackenzie is preparing for a stock market listing in which the UK energy research consultancy would seek a valuation of as much as £2bn, according to people familiar with the matter. The Edinburgh-based ...

  • Tullow faces blue-chip relegation @ Financial Times - 5 hours ago

    Tullow Oil is set to fall out of the FTSE 100 when the quarterly changes to the blue-chip index are revealed this week. Analysis by Société Générale, based on Wednesday's closing prices, sees demotion ...

  • Life away from BHP Billiton's mother ship @ Financial Times - 6 hours ago

    The man who will lead BHP Billiton's spin-off said the market was failing to understand the value of its assets and insisted the new company would have scope to cut costs after the split. South32's new ...

  • Chi-Med poised for China drug milestone @ Financial Times - 6 hours ago

    A UK-listed company backed by Li Ka-shing, one of Asia's richest men, says it is moving closer to producing the first modern drug developed in China for decades in a sign of the country's potential to ...

  • Companies diary: March 2 - March 6 @ Financial Times - 6 hours ago

    Diary commentary from FT reporters; data and company announcements, unless otherwise stated, from Thomson Reuters. Company announcements are of information publicly available before last week. < The ...

  • As he presented Kerry Group's annual results a few days ago, Stan McCarthy, chief executive of the global food ingredients and flavours company, was asked how much he might be prepared to spend on acquisitions ...

  • HTC to launch virtual reality headset @ Financial Times - 7 hours ago

    Smartphone maker HTC plans its first move into the increasingly crowded virtual reality market with a new headset that it hopes will popularise the next generation of immersive gaming technology. The Taiwanese ...

  • Having feasted on the opiate of "light-touch" regulation before the financial crisis, Britain's big banks are now experiencing a prolonged spell of cold turkey. Long gone are the days when the ...

  • European companies are finally showing signs of benefiting from the economic recovery in the region, with many getting an extra boost from the fall in the oil price and the euro. "Revenue beats have ...

  • Citigroup prepares for "stress test" results @ Financial Times - 8 hours ago

    Three top Citigroup executives are facing a critical hurdle this month, according to senior figures at the bank, as it prepares for the results of a "stress test" by the US Federal Reserve. A ...

  • Vanguard tops survey with $291bn in new business @ Financial Times - 9 hours ago

    Vanguard was the world's most popular investment group last year as it attracted more new business than any other asset manager in the $29tn global mutual fund industry. In contrast, Pimco languished at ...

  • Frustrated Unilever investors call for shake-up @ Financial Times - 9 hours ago

    Unilever should sell its underperforming Flora margarines business and buy more personal care companies, according to an investor survey that includes some of the Anglo-Dutch company's biggest shareholders. ...

  • Vietnam opens door to hard money and soft power @ Financial Times - 11 hours ago

    The tale of a Vietnamese transgender entrepreneur's adventures has become the country's biggest film hit - and sparked domestic debate about whether it plays to stereotypes. But the movie Let Hoi Decide ...

  • Tourism chief hits at lack of UK support @ Financial Times - 11 hours ago

    A government poster campaign to promote British tourism in China fails to tackle the main obstacle to increasing the number of Chinese visitors - the difficulty of obtaining visas, says the UK's hospitality ...

  • The Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, one of the largest pension funds in the world, has placed a bet on mobile gaming and instant messaging in Southeast Asia with an investment in a Singapore-based company ...

  • China ecommerce groups take fresh approach @ Financial Times - 16 hours ago

    For China's 640m internet users, a live Alaskan crab is now just a mouse-click away. Alibaba and JD.com, the two biggest ecommerce operators in China, have long been best-known for selling apparel and ...

  • China cuts benchmark interest rate @ Financial Times - 17 hours ago

    China cut benchmark interest rates on Saturday for the second time in three months as worries mount about slowing growth and the threat of deflation. The People's Bank of China, the central bank, cut the ...

  • Vedanta to cut debt burden despite oil price slump @ Financial Times - 17 hours ago

    London-listed Vedanta Resources plans a dramatic reduction in debts and curbs in capital spending, as the India-focused resources group responds to a recent plunge in oil and commodity prices, billionaire ...

  • Murray Trust unrepentant about 'painful' results @ Financial Times - 18 hours ago

    Aberdeen Asset Management's hard-headed Bruce Stout is unrepentant about the calls that have made him miss out on the market rallies of the past few years. The manager of the £1.4bn Murray International ...

  • When Mario Gabelli, the outspoken founder and chief executive of Gamco Investors, the New York investment outfit, first opened for business on January 1 1977, his company had just two employees. It has ...

  • Gabelli's Gamco eyes private equity @ Financial Times - 18 hours ago

    Gamco Investors, the New York fund house run by the highest-paid chief executive among Wall Street's listed firms, is considering spinning off a separate private equity business. Mario Gabelli, Gamco's ...

  • Fledgling 'non-traditional' vehicles gain traction @ Financial Times - 18 hours ago

    Bond investors concerned that their returns will be hit by the Federal Reserve raising interest rates have been spurred to look beyond traditional fixed income realms to vehicles that promise more of a ...

  • I have been an investor in the pharmaceutical industry for most of my career. For a long time I have been fascinated by the opportunity for innovation in this sector to not only benefit society but to ...

  • Movers & shakers: March 2 @ Financial Times - 18 hours ago

    C Private equity group Warburg Pincus has a new senior adviser. Andrew Higginson already holds three chairman roles, at Wm Morrison Supermarkets, N Brown Group and McCurrach, and is also a director of ...

  • The week: March 2 @ Financial Times - 18 hours ago

    . Taiwan's Public Service Pension Fund has fired three fund managers for failing to meet expected investment returns. The PSPF said it will not renew the absolute return domestic equity mandates of Allianz ...

  • Wood Mackenzie is target of competing takeover offers @ Financial Times - Sat, Feb 28, 2015 11:30 AM EST

    Wood Mackenzie, one of the world's leading energy consultancies, has received competing takeover offers that value the private-equity controlled business at as much as £1.6bn as its backers mull an exit, ...

  • Bankia reports a rise in fourth-quarter profits @ Financial Times - Sat, Feb 28, 2015 11:02 AM EST

    Bankia, the Spanish lender that came to embody the country's crisis, reported a rise in profits in the fourth quarter despite charges to compensate investors for its ill-fated 2011 initial public offering. ...

  • Chief who pulled AIG back from the brink @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 11:17 PM EST

    Robert "Bob" Benmosche, who pulled the world's largest insurance company back from the brink in the wake of the financial crisis, has died, aged 70. The former chief of MetLife was plucked from ...

  • Let's hope Summers never meets Winters @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 7:00 PM EST

    Sir, The change of CEO at Standard Chartered has clearly perked up the headline writers: Winters, a man for all seasons; Sands of time run out; Sands goes to beach; Winters to bring end to investor discontent; ...

  • Browne makes dealmaking comeback @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 5:32 PM EST

    Lord Browne, former chief executive of BP, is to take charge of a $10bn oil and gas group backed by Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, with a brief to build an international business through partnership ...

  • Vivendi exits telecoms in ?3.9bn deal @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 4:51 PM EST

    Vivendi has said it will accept an offer from Franco-Israeli billionaire Patrick Drahi to buy its remaining 20 per cent stake in French telecoms operator Numericable-SFR for ?3.9bn - in effect marking ...

  • The expensive shipping news for Wall Street's smart money @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 3:58 PM EST

    The shipping industry, in particular the dry bulk sector, has provided an excellent, if somewhat expensive, education for Wall Street's smart money over the past six years. Back in 2009, dry bulk shipping, ...

  • Small-cap Week, February 28 @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 3:33 PM EST

    A bear raid meant Tungsten Corporation was among the week's biggest fallers. The Aim-listed invoicing software maker dropped 25 per cent in response to critical blog posts by Matthew Earl, a professional ...

  • Pemex losses grow amid low oil price @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 2:41 PM EST

    Clobbered by plunging oil prices and foreign exchange volatility, Mexico's state energy company, Pemex, reported what it called another set of "highly disappointing" results, in which its 2014 ...

  • Regulator friendly bankers scale heights @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 2:36 PM EST

    One is a 53-year-old perma-tanned American who spent a quarter of a century at JPMorgan Chase before giving it all up in 2009 to do the school run. The other is a 64-year-old knight of the British realm ...

  • When is a company too big to manage? @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 2:36 PM EST

    Can I know what every one of 257,000 people is doing? Clearly I can't." When HSBC's chief executive Stuart Gulliver claimed on Monday that he was being held to higher standards than the church, the ...

  • FTSE 100's record - fact versus fiction @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 2:34 PM EST

    Westlife's "I Have a Dream" topped Britain's music charts at the end of 1999. It would have been more appropriate for the country's investors had the boy band released "Let it Fall": ...

  • Number of drilling rigs slashed in US @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 2:28 PM EST

    The number of rigs drilling for oil in the US has dropped to its lowest level since June 2011, as the slump in oil prices has squeezed companies' finances and encouraged them to delay developing their ...

  • Technology groups need to get serious about their security @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 1:39 PM EST

    What goes around comes around. Last week, Lenovo, the world's largest personal computer manufacturer, admitted it had exposed users of its laptops to the risk of being hacked, because pre-installed advertising ...

  • Management Buyouts: Trust issues @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 1:36 PM EST

    In a typical company, investors wonder if the chief executive is competent. A tougher question emerges when the chief owns a big chunk of the shares: is the boss trustworthy? This week the founder of electronic ...

  • Intel: against disgression @ Financial Times - Fri, Feb 27, 2015 1:26 PM EST

    Discretion is the better part of valour. And Intel has been valorous - for some years now - in its fight for a toehold in the mobile market. Losses in mobile (chips for tablets and phones) rose to $4.2bn ...

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