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Chase Bank Limits Cash Withdrawals, Bans International... Before you read this report, remember to sign up to http://pennystockpaycheck.com for 100% free stock alerts Chase Bank has moved to limit cash withdrawals while banning business customers from sending...

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Richemont chairman Johann Rupert to take 'grey gap... Billionaire 62-year-old to take 12 months off from Cartier and Montblanc luxury goods groupRichemont's chairman and founder Johann Rupert is to take a year off from September, leaving management of the...

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Cambodia: aftermath of fatal shoe factory collapse... Workers clear rubble following the collapse of a shoe factory in Kampong Speu, Cambodia, on Thursday

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Spate of recent shock departures by 50-something CEOs While the rising financial rewards of running a modern multinational have been well publicised, executive recruiters say the pressures of the job have also been ratcheted upOn approaching his 60th birthday...

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UK Uncut loses legal challenge over Goldman Sachs tax... While judge agreed the deal was 'not a glorious episode in the history of the Revenue', he ruled it was not unlawfulCampaign group UK Uncut Legal Action has lost its high court challenge over the legality...

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HMRC wins Goldman Sachs court case

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has won its case in the High Court, where it had been accused of illegally letting investment bank Goldman Sachs off part of its tax bill.

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Ex-KPMG partner charged with insider trading

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A former KPMG partner is charged in an insider trading case, accused of providing illegal tips to a friend about the auditing firm’s clients.

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Pressure mounts on HBOS bankers

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Pressure is growing on the three senior HBOS bankers accused of a “colossal failure” over the collapse of the bank in 2008.

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Pressure mounts on HBOS bankers

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Pressure is growing on the three senior HBOS bankers accused of a “colossal failure” over the collapse of the bank in 2008.

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JP Morgan accused of hiding losses

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US bank JPMorgan Chase is accused by a US Senate panel of hiding its huge “London whale” trading losses, worth $6.2bn (£4.1bn).

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Judge rules in private equity conspiracy case

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Private equity firms off the hook for bid-rigging, but still accused of refusing to jump each other’s deals.

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Pistorius contract suspended by Nike

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US sportswear giant Nike suspends its sponsorship contract with Oscar Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend.

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VIDEO: Inside the life of Kim Dotcom

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The controversial internet tycoon, Kim Dotcom, who is accused of copyright infringement by the United States, has launched a new file sharing service.

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Worries over debt pursuit by RBS

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A watchdog has accused RBS of being too hasty in linking customers’ unpaid debts to their homes, but the bank says its policy changed some time ago.

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Herbalife CEO accused of running ‘Ponzi scheme’

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Investor Bill Ackman accuses America’s best-paid chief executive, Michael Johnson, of duping salespeople out of $3.8bn

America’s highest-paid chief executive has been accused of duping some of the world’s poorest people out of $3.8bn (£2.4bn) in “the best managed pyramid scheme in the history of the world”.

Michael Johnson has been accused of misleadingly implying that his Herbalife empire of self-employed salespeople could all become millionaires selling dieting supplements door-to-door.

Bill Ackman, an activist investor, said he had made it his “patriotic” duty to bring the company down. He claims that 1.9 million Herbalife salespeople from Arizona to Zambia have failed to make money since the company was founded 32 years ago. Each recruit would have paid about $2,000 for supplies and training, which Ackman said meant they had collectively lost $3.8bn. Last year, Johnson earned $89m, according to the financial research firm GMI Ratings.

In a three-and-half hour presentation entitled “how to be a millionaire”, Ackman, founder and chief executive of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management, accused Herbalife of running a modern day “Ponzi scheme”. He said his hedge fund had built up an enormous short position in the company, which means he is betting its share price will fall.

“Our target price is zero,” Ackman said, “Because we think the business will fail.”

Critics have accused Ackman of talking down the company to profit from its plummeting share price, which has dropped 30% since he revealed he was short-selling the stock on Wednesday.

Ackman denied he was motivated by profit, and said he was standing up for millions of poor people who had been led to believe they could become millionaires by reselling Herbalife supplements.

“I don’t want to make money off of this,” he said in an interview with CNBC. “It’s not a happy thing. You’ve had millions of low-income people around the world who’ve got their hopes up that there’s an opportunity to become millionaires … and they’ve been duped.

“They are in Ghana, [other] countries in Africa, Zambia. These are not countries where weight loss products and digestives are big products.”

He promised to donate all the profits from shorting Herbalife, which appeared on David Beckham’s shirt when he played for LA Galaxy, to charity. He said he was more committed to bringing down Herbalife “than any investment I have ever made, full stop”.

“This is all-hands-on, and I have everyone in the entire organisation working on this project, including two of the top law firms in the country,” he told Bloomberg. He said he would hand over his evidence, which he detailed in a 300-slide presentation in New York on Thursday, to regulators.

The presentation, which began with a slide asking: “Has anyone ever purchased a Herbalife product?”, claimed the company makes most of its money not by selling products but by recruiting sales staff, who pay a sign-on fee.

Later in the presentation Ackman showed a Herbalife video featuring one of the company’s distributors listing the rewards of the job and giving a guided tour of his house, in which he talked about driving around town in a Ferrari or Bentley.

“Episodes of ‘MTV Cribs’?” Ackman asked, referring to the reality TV tours of celebrity mansions. There were titters from the audience. “No. These are Herbalife productions.”

Herbalife’s chief executive, Michael

Johnson called CNBC to defend his company and attack Ackman saying: “This is a ridiculous assertion by people who are trying to manipulate our stock.” who was America’s best paid chief executive in 2011, said his lawyers “would go crazy” if he went into too much detail about why Ackman’s analysis was “bogus”. He added that he would ask the US Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate the hedge fund tycoon’s motives.

Herbalife released a statement saying Ackman’s presentation was a “malicious attack on our business model based largely on outdated, distorted and inaccurate information. We operate at the highest ethical and quality standards.”