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    The United Kingdom will retain its triple-A credit rating this year thanks to the Bank of England’s policy of quantitative easing and demand for UK gilts, City-based analysts told CNBC.

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    British traders and executives are facing a disappointing bonus season – just as politicians are putting renewed pressure on the bonus culture and executive pay.

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    The United Kingdom is likely already back in recession and may see unemployment approach three million before the end of the year, economic think tank the Ernst & Young Item Club forecast on Monday.

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    As Europe’s debt turmoil enters its third year, no clear solutions are yet in sight — despite recent signs that a new lending program by the European Central Bank might be easing pressures.

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    The UK’s fraud investigator intends to confiscate shareholder dividends paid by companies convicted of criminal offences, after it won approval for a landmark court action, the Financial Times reports.

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    As difficult as the last two years have been for Europe, 2012 could be even tougher. Each week, countries will need to sell billions of dollars of bonds — a staggering $1 trillion in total — to replace existing debt and cover their current budget deficits, the New York Times reports.

  • Rolls-Royce Motor Cars sales hit record-breaking levels in 2011, with more cars sold than ever before in the brand’s 107-year history.

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    Business levels are retuning to normal after four years of decline, a leading survey of financial services firms found on Monday, but there will be more job cuts in the City of London this quarter as uncertainty over the euro zone debt crisis continues.

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    The head of Royal Bank of Scotland’s embattled investment bank is in line to receive a special bonus this year of more than $6.1 million, an award that will be contentious given the government’s vow to crack down on excessive executive pay, the FT reports.

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    Global stocks will gain 20 percent by the end of 2012, according to a report by Citigroup’s head of equity strategy.

  • Shell is to close the FTSE 100’s last remaining final salary pension scheme to new hires in Britain, ending an era in which private sector workers could be confident of a guaranteed income throughout their retirements, the FT reports.

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    UK government bonds, having seen record lows in the 10-year yields at the end of 2011, will continue to be a sought-after safe haven asset as long as the euro zone's debt crisis remains unresolved, according to bond experts.

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    As many as 10,000 bankers at Royal Bank of Scotland face the prospect of losing their jobs, as the state-owned UK bank draws up detailed plans to retreat from investment banking, the FT reports.

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    UK chief financial officers (CFOs) see the break - up of the European single currency as the greatest threat to their businesses in 2012, a survey from the accountancy firm Deloitte showed on Tuesday.

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    American shareholders are suing Britain's Lloyds Banking Group and the bank's former executives, saying they were misled over its rescue of fellow lender HBOS in the depths of the financial crisis in 2008.

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    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should resist pressure from European Union leaders to take part in inadequate bailout programs for European countries, Mohamed El-Erian wrote in the Financial Times.

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    There was a wide-ranging change of the guard in Europe in 2011. In 2012, there could be an even bigger shift, with several key countries facing possible changes at the top.

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    Fund managers and financial advisers should be forced to study financial history to reduce the likelihood of future market panics and crashes, according to a leading trade body for investment professionals. The Financial Times reports

  • A detailed view of the prototype design of the new golden Olympic torch during its unveiling at St Pancras Station on June 8, 2011 in London, England. 8,000 torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame around the UK during the 70-day relay, which starts at Land's End in Cornwall on May 19, 2012.

    Ten percent of the 40,000 construction workers employed for the 2012 Olympic Games were previously out of work, according to a report by the Olympic Development Authority (ODA).

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    Stung by souring loans and troubled government bond portfolios, many European banks are being forced by regulators to raise money to build up their cash cushions against future losses.