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Gold could push through record high

Rising investment demand for gold has pushed prices back towards the record high they hit back in June. Analysts believe that it could go even higher.

Would you buy a business from a banker?

Not if it's Ocado, says John Mulligan. The market remains unconvinced of the online grocer's suitability as a portfolio constituent and is still over-hyped, he adds.

Lottery pledges £11 million to Social Impact Bond

The Big Lottery Fund has announced it will invest £11.25 million in the social impact bond run by the social investment bank, Social Finance.

 

Social impact bonds work by drawing up a contract between the government and a third sector provider to run a project to combat a certain social ill.

 

Investors from the private sector can then invest in the bond and receive a payout based on the performance of the project.

 

Blame for Gulf spill should be shared, says BP

BP today blamed the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on a chain of events rather than a single action as it reiterated its view that all companies involved must shoulder responsibility.

Housing gloom still concerns Barratt

Concerns about the challenging outlook for the housing market continue to dog Barratt Developments, despite better-than-expected full-year results.

Growth on the agenda at Nighthawk Energy

Nighthawk Energy is eyeing up further growth, as it continues to lure would-be bidders for a stake in its flagship Jolly Ranch project.

Hybridan's Small Cap Wrap

In this week's small cap wrap, Hybridan looks at the mining, technology and software sectors... and lots more.

Connaught calls in the administrators

Social housing giant Connaught called in the administrators last night after failing to resolve its financing issues with its lenders.

Corporate giants turning carbon neutral

Insurer RSA has joined the likes of HSBC and Barclays in becoming carbon neutral. We talk to the firm's head of corporate responsibility, Dr Paul Pritchard, on the challenges ahead.

Big names set for FTSE 100 departure

Telecoms firm Cable & Wireless Worldwide and engineer Invensys are among those likely to be relegated to the FTSE 250 in the latest quarterly reshuffle.

Pros and cons of the Green Investment Bank

Britain is missing out on trillions of pounds and thousands of jobs from green technologies and services. Will the Green Investment Bank - eventually - bridge the gap?

Leading City banks can't walk on water

Despite recent new listings seemingly overpriced by their City sponsors, John Mulligan says there is still value to be had in the initial public offerings market.

Diamond to be next Barclays chief executive

American Bob Diamond will be the next chief executive of Barclays when current incumbent John Varley steps down in March next year.

Gulfsands hit by problems in Tunisia

Gulfsands Petroleum has announced it is debating whether to plug and abandon its Lambouka-1 well in Tunisia after it became impossible to accurately test.

Connaught on the brink of administration

Property services group Connaught is believed to be on the brink of going into administration on Tuesday, according to bankers close to the company.

Update: Stock to Watch - De La Rue

Banknote printer De La Rue may have been hit by shock news, but contrarian investors could still make their mark with the firm, says Edmond Jackson.

Caution, contrarians and China

Ecclesiastical's senior SRI analyst Neville White talks to Sarah Modlock about contrarian investment style and which supermarket is making a difference in Asia.

First-time buyers struggle with deposit

First-time buyers are still facing an uphill struggle to get on the property ladder despite a further slide in house prices.

Final attempt for full Equitable Life payouts

The board and policyholders of Equitable Life are making a last-ditch attempt to lobby the government to pay them full compensation, ahead of the spending review next month.

Shares in Oilex rocket after upgrade

Shares in oil and gas explorer Oilex more than doubled on Monday after it significantly upgraded its gas reserves for the Cambay Field in India.