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Barclays chief defends big banks

Barclays chief executive John Varley has played down US proposals to make the financial system "safer" by scaling down the size of the banks and banning riskier trading activities.

Recession weighs on Western Coal

Coal producer Western Coal felt the sharp end of the recession, with revenues plummeting by 33% year-on-year in its third quarter, but the firm remained upbeat for the future.

FSA chief executive Sants quits

The chief executive of the Financial Services Authority, Hector Sants, has announced that he is to step down from the helm of the City watchdog.

Stock to Warch: RSM Tenon

Despite bad news over European finances and the possibility of a double-dip recession, Edmond Jackson sees small cap share RSM Tenon as an attractive long-term prospect.

Victoria Oil & Gas spuds second well in Logbaba

Victoria Oil & Gas, the oil and gas exploration company, is charging ahead with its Logbaba gas and condensate project after spudding its second well on the site.

Mining duo delight with dividends

Xstrata and Randgold Resources' shareholders breathed a sigh of relief on Monday morning, as the FTSE 100 heavyweights declared full year dividends were back with a bang.

Dividends making a comeback

Dividends are back on the agenda this year after a dismal year for income-seeking shareholders in 2009, according to research from Capita Registrars.

Tullow beats rival for Heritage deal

Tullow Oil was on the verge of closing the deal for Heritage Oil's Ugandan interests on Monday morning, after bitter rival ENI bowed out of making a bid.

HSBC aims for consistency in uncertain times

In an uncertain world, HSBC's multi-asset fund aims to deliver consistent returns through its inbuilt diversification, says Rob Griffin.

Go actively managed for longer term success

Actively managed funds tend to be more volatile than the index, but their long-term performance can more than compensate for any anxiety this may provoke, says Fiona Hamilton.

Experts' growth options for fund investors

Growth-orientated funds are a mainstay of long-term portfolio choices. Money Observer asks its panel for their choices, with the experts choosing some of the racier options open to investors.

Emerging markets boiling over nicely

High growth, astonishing investment gains and extreme volatility are all ingredients in the emerging markets potboiler. They are the place to be if you can stand the heat.

Growth funds for your children's future

In the second part of the growth funds that Money Observer's experts recommend, they highlight the ones that should provide long-term returns.

Turn to the specialists

Our advisers identify five specialist funds to complement, and hopefully pep up, a wider investment portfolio.

The Enterprise Investment Scheme explained

High-risk, but potentially high-gain, the Enterprise Investment Scheme, often gets overlooked - even by tuned in private investors. Matthew Wall unravels the enigma surrounding it.

Gold tumbles into turmoil

Gold prices slumped to a three-month low on Friday, as fears of economic recovery and a struggling euro threw the commodity into turmoil.

Gas price slump knocks BG Group

BG Group's fourth-quarter earnings took a swift beating on Friday morning, as the gas price slump wreaked havoc, despite stepping up production levels.

Caution from Bellway after modest sales rise

Housebuilder Bellway today said it remains cautious over the prospects for the housing market despite a modest pick-up in sales in first-half trading.

Get into Dana for a gas

Edmond Jackson believes the volatile gas price is already priced into Dana Petroleum's shares. Although he stops short of calling it a buy, various factors combine to suggest it offers good value both in the short and long term.