Léon-Robert de L’Astran, an 18th-century shipowner, was praised for his noble refusal to participate in the slave trade. Sadly, however, it seems that he existed only as an internet hoax — duping Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia, for three years, along with Ségolène Royal and others.
In Switzerland supervision has traditionally been rather hands-off, where it’s even existed. Britain’s Mark Branson, the chief executive of the country’s financial regulator, Finma, means to change that.
British banks may have to hold more funds to guard against the risk of a future economic downturn, the Bank of England has proposed.
Journey to Europe looks set to become still more perilous
The secret of how criminals are using easy-to-buy electronic scanners to steal some of Britain’s most popular executive cars is to be revealed.