Crude prices have plunged about 50% since June due to plentiful supplies, a stronger dollar and weak demand

Oil rebounds in volatile end of year trade

07.39 Oil prices edged up in Asia today after falling sharply in the previous session, as analysts predicted increased volatility and no end in sight this year to tumbling prices.

Samsung says it is actively considering a "special increase" in dividend of between 30-50%

Samsung may raise 2014 dividend by up to 50%

08.40 Samsung Electronics said it is considering lifting its 2014 dividend payout by up to 50%, its latest attempt to boost its share price in a year plagued by disappointing earnings.

Rob Wright said the budgetary process was overwhelmed by programme for governments and social partnership

Inquiry told of 'startling' lack of written advice

18 Dec Former Canadian deputy finance minister Rob Wright has told the Banking Inquiry it was startling that there was very little consistent written advice in the Department Of Finance other than annual memoranda to Cabinet.

The interest rate increase this week failed to halt the drop in the rouble

Putin assures Russian economy will rebound

18 Dec Russian president Vladimir Putin assured the country's citizens that the economy would rebound after the rouble's dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy for a deepening financial crisis.

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Samsung says it is actively considering a "special increase" in dividend of between 30-50%

Samsung may raise 2014 dividend by up to 50%

08.40 Samsung Electronics said it is considering lifting its 2014 dividend payout by up to 50%, its latest attempt to boost its share price in a year plagued by disappointing earnings.