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ALEX BRUMMER:?Day of long knives at the London Stock Exchange could not have come at a worse moment

Only Mark Carney and the Bank of England come out of the boardroom brawl at the London Stock Exchange with credit. The Bank has been keeping a close eye on the LSE ever since the disastrous merger with Deutsche Boerse was unveiled a year ago. Anything which threatened stability at the LSE and posed a systemic risk had to be on the Old Lady’s radar.

CITY DIARY: Who will succeed Xavier Rolet and Donald Brydon at the London Stock Exchange?

CITY DIARY: Beer baron comes out fighting after Trade Secretary brands businessmen?'too fat and lazy'

ALEX BRUMMER: Bank of England gives London Stock Exchange boss Rolet a red card

Phoenix leads the way: Annuity giants have now got no excuse for stopping customers cashing in small pots, says?DAN HYDE

No money for the Chancellor to invest? It's a myth, even if we are in austerity Britain, says RUTH SUNDERLAND

JEFF PRESTRIDGE: The best reaction to Budget is to cast your eye over your own finances and see if you can lick them into better...

ALEX BRUMMER: Black Friday may be an embarrassing American import but the shoppers are defying the gloom

BIG SHOT OF THE WEEK: No sweet farewells for the butcher of Bournville Irene Rosenfeld?

CITY DIARY: HSBC's global banking boss Matthew Westerman departs after just 18 months?

Britain's debt sinkhole: Why Hammond's budget will make the UK even more dependent on the kindness of strangers, says ALEX BRUMMER

CITY DIARY: Glencore boss Tony Hayward ambushed by Greenpeace at university interview

ALEX BRUMMER: The end game nears for RBS after 10 years of disastrous public ownership

DAN HYDE: The shameless credit card fee trick has been exposed - yet dozens of firms are still at it

Forget tinkering with tax relief, to build a proper pension contributions must be king, says Aviva boss ANDY BRIGGS

ALEX BRUMMER: Damaging brawl at the LSE?can only be succour for the City's rivals

CITY DIARY: Roman Abramovich's megayacht docks near Trump resort... but the oligarch has abandoned ship

Be bold and back the firms of the future, says NEIL CRAVEN - we need a national effort to find the next big things in business

JEFF PRESTRIDGE: Don't forget savers and to ban all financial cold-calling in your Budget, Mr Hammond

Like discovering future rock legends in a bar, you too can make a 344% profit from this accidental 'investment', says an...

HAMISH MCRAE: Pension rights are a form of wealth, for most people ranking alongside their home as one of their two greatest...

HAMISH MCRAE: Investors should take heart that Shell and BP seem confident enough to hold

Phew. Shell and BP have held their dividends, despite the battering from the collapse of the oil price earlier this year and with BP seriously bloodied. Every wise investor in equities knows that the path to prosperity is to reinvest your dividends, for over the very long run, something like two-thirds of the real return on equities comes from dividends rather than capital gains.

Neil Woodford lays out the economics of Brexit

In or out? Barring disaster, at some point soon we will make that decision on Britain's life in the EU. A new report from Neil Woodford's firm examines the economic case. This independent examination says that a referendum's result may not have the financial impact both extremes of the stay or go argument suggest.

DAN HYDE: Osborne's tax grab will inflict pain on hard-working taxpayers

It will leave a stark choice: cut the amount you spend on restaurant meals, trips to the cinema and life's other little pleasures, and shovel the money into your savings pot instead - or keep working into your 70s. If George Osborne's pushes the button on March 16, he will almost certainly trump Gordon Brown as the enemy of the middle classes. Mr Brown infamously cut the tax credit on the dividends paid to company pension schemes in 1997.

ALEX BRUMMER: Brexit doesn't have to be disastrous if we play our cards right and it may

Some business investment decisions may have been postponed in the run up to the referendum but it is worth noting that as the vote approached the economy was gathering momentum. The latest survey of UK manufacturing (the Purchasing Managers Index) rose from 50.4 per cent in May to 52.1 per cent in June, which in normal circumstances would be considered a healthy gain.

ALEX BRUMMER: Danger now is that Mike Ashley is putting Sports Direct in jeopardy

There is a negative feedback loop, which started at working conditions, has reached the performance of the company and the share price and contaminated the boardroom. Profits are dropping sharply. The latest forecast is 20 per cent down at £300m for the current financial year and we cannot be sure that is the whole story. Sweetheart deals for family members and a lack of transparency around some of Ashley's transactions on the company's behalf place Sports Direct out of the boundaries of what is acceptable.

ALEX BRUMMER: There's never been a better moment to lock finance for big projects...?It's

Momentum in the UK economy speedily has been restored since the June 23 vote as the latest labour market data shows with employment increasing by 174,000 over the last three months.

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I have been trying to get a tax rebate from HMRC for the past year and feel I am being either fobbed off or totally ignored. On August 24, I received a reply with a cheque for £1 - which I have framed!

Tony Hetherington, Financial Mail on Sunday Readers Champion investigates.
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In August last year I received a call from claims firm Falcon & Pointer Limited. It assured me it could get me money back from my bank because my bank had missold PPI.

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I'd been charged £632 for the trip I cancelled as well as the £1,363.88 I paid for the second booking. Expedia keeps telling me I need to take up my complaint with a firm called Blue Islands.

My brother has received a letter saying he has won £325k in the People's Postcode Lottery. We are both extremely suspicious, but the letter looks so official.

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In June, my son and I bought a VW Golf for £4,750. I paid £650 of this on my Nationwide credit card after reading in your column that this would give me protection under the Consumer Credit Act.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 13:  A general view of HM Revenue and Customs offices in Whitehall on February 13, 2015 in London, England. French newspaper Le Monde has uncovered an email from whistleblower Herve Falciani of his offer to UK tax authorities to reveal details of bank account holders in Switzerland.  (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

I applied to draw down my annual pension from Scottish Widows. In previous years, this has been taxed at the basic rate. I was surprised when all my income was taxed at 40 per cent.

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Some of the calls are timed when we were in the air, flying to Barbados. On another occasion we were at sea. There is another call relating to Norway, but I do not know anybody there.

CARSON, CA - JULY 17: Steven Gerrard #8 of Los Angeles Galaxy celebrates his first goal for the Los Angeles Galaxy during Los Angeles Galaxy's MLS match against San Jose Earthquakes at the StubHub Center on July 17, 2015 in Carson, California.  The LA Galaxy won the match 5-2  (Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty Images)

I was dismayed to see a Herbalife stand inside the Barclays branch at Clapham Junction in London, where two young women were trying to recruit distributors to sell their products.

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After my mother died, I phoned Sainsbury's Bank to request that my father could continue making repayments on a loan via a new direct debit - but they wouldn't deal with me, even with his permission

Customers enter a Tesco Plc store in London...Tesco Plc, the U.K.'s largest retailer, reported the first profit drop in almost two decades after increasing investment to halt declining supermarket sales.....Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. .. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

I came home from work at Tesco in December to find a letter from CCMCC saying that Merthyr Tydfil Borough Council had applied to my local county court for an order attached to my earnings.

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When I submitted a self-assessment tax return for the first time, I made the genuine mistake of declaring that I had a police pension, but not the amount.

   

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It will leave a stark choice: cut the amount you spend on restaurant meals and life's other little pleasures, and shovel the money into your savings pot instead - or keep working into your 70s.

Daily Mail City Editor Alex Brummer.
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You had to wonder why BT made such a public fuss about maintaining its control of Openreach network. Its defensiveness left the impression the telecoms giant has something to hide.

Despite issuing £53billion of fines - some of the proceeds admittedly going to good causes - regulators have done little to change the hard-sell culture of the banks.

The most disagreeable image of the summer for me (watched from a hotel room in Israel) was the confrontation between Sir Philip Green and Sky journalist David Bowden of the Greek island of Ithaca.

 
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