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Glencore tells Xstrata investors its bid is final

Commodities trader Glencore has laid out what it says is a final $36-billion takeover offer for Xstrata, warning it would not improve the terms again.

Glencore raises offer for Xstrata to salvage deal

Commodity trader Glencore has raised its offer for miner Xstrata to salvage a bid, now worth about $37-billion.

Shareholders to meet over Glencore takeover

Xstrata says shareholders will vote on September 7 on the miner's planned $26-billion takeover by Glencore.

‘Read my lips, nationalisation doesn’t work’

Governments must steer clear of the "blind alleys" of nationalisation and excessive tax, Anglo American's Cynthia Carroll said on Thursday.

To the victors, the spoils: a post-Lehman scorecard

For Barclays and Nomura, the collapse of Lehman Brothers was the opportunity of the lifetime -- a chance to grab a seat at banking's top table.

Credit crunch fuels investor thirst for art, wine

Rollercoaster markets may have cooled investor appetites for shares or property, but interest in offbeat investments is booming as a growing number of art and wine funds compete to combine passion with high returns. Downturns typically mean a slowdown in investments, but industry watchers say the credit crunch has left the appeal of ''investments of passion'' largely untarnished.

Funds bristle at rich-country wariness

The United States and other countries must not demonise sovereign wealth funds as they come to the aid of troubled United States banks, some of the world's biggest state-run investors said on Thursday. A top US official denied the United States feared government-run investment funds, many of them based in Asia, the Gulf and Russia.

RBS group unveils $98bn rival ABN Amro bid plan

A trio of banks led by the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has proposed a €72-billion (-billion) bid for ABN Amro, threatening to thwart an agreed takeover of the Dutch bank by Britain's Barclays. The RBS group, which also includes Spain's Santander and Dutch-Belgian bank Fortis, said on Wednesday it planned to offer €39 a share for ABN Amro.

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