Small-cap Week, August 29

SkyePharma, Tavistock, Oxaco, and MTI Wireless Edge featured

Week in Review

Week in Review, August 29

Zurich bid for RSA; Facebook, BHP Billiton and BlackRock also in the news

C. Hoare and company on Fleet street.
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Private banks finally embrace mobile apps

Centuries of tradition gives way to digital banking

Chart: UK mortage lending

Chart that tells a story — the rush to remortgage

A mixed picture — but interest rates are generally low

Black Monday prompts drawdown fears

Advice lines experience higher volumes of calls

HSBC makes 275,000 delayed payments

Glitch delayed pay before bank holiday weekend

Virgin Money aims at banks’ ‘oligopoly’

Current accounts skewed against customers, says Gadhia

‘Flash crash’ trader denied hearing delay

Sarao will have his extradition case heard next month

Two-speed UK housing market returns

London, south-east and eastern England rise at double national rate

European banks fight to manage US pensions

RBS, Deutsche and UBS urge regulator to grant exemptions

Payments company iZettle raises €60m

Latest move by investors to back European fintech start-ups

Professional services: Accounting for change

Consulting is back in vogue among the Big Four, but is audit quality at risk?

Atlas Mara: Diamond in the rough

Shares in former Barclays chief’s African venture are struggling

Hastings gears up for £1bn autumn float

Chief executive assures investors Goldman-backed insurer has ‘eye on the ball’

Use of covenants wanes in debt markets

‘False bravado’ and investors’ lack of protection causes concern

Oil price fall hits Canada’s big banks

Jump in bad loan provisions drags down company earnings

Japan Post eyes freebies for IPO delivery

Brokers fret over how to make a very heavy package appealing

Aldermore profits surge on strong lending

Specialist lender warns on rising competition in mortgage market

Barclays and US exchanges win HFT case

Lawsuit claiming bank rigged ‘dark pool’ trading venue thrown out

Funds scramble to assess computer glitch

Software problem at BNY Mellon may have led to inaccurate prices

Mahathir tells Malaysia PM to resign

Malaysian ex-leader pours scorn on PM’s defence amid 1MDB scandal

Betty Power makes Wm Hill the wallflower

Proposed Paddy Power-Betfair deal caps a year of frenetic deal-doing by gambling groups

Private equity ‘secondaries’ evolve

Investors are finding it simpler to trade in and out of historically illiquid asset class

Make up your mind on banking regulation

Banks need to know how much capital they must have

Bank sell-off to hit capital raisings

Widening gap between market cap and book value means equity issues will be painful for investors

Uber: Chinese traffic jam

Ride-sharing company takes its time to raise money in China

Sberbank: one steppe at a time

Lender’s results will confound the bears on Russia

Polish banks caught in election crossfire

Law and Justice party’s idea to tax lenders’ assets is latest twist in dispute over mortgage woes

Bank bonuses show biggest fall in decade

Finance and insurance payouts drop almost 10% in past year to £13.6bn

BlackRock buys ‘robo-adviser’

Fund manager acquires adviser that generates automated portfolios

Asset raising trend coming to Asia

Asia fund managers have not realised their potential

Money for nothing

With rates so low where is the investment boom?

OneSavings loans growth fuels profit rise

Challenger urges chancellor to raise threshold for levy to protect smaller lenders

India’s LIC saves Indian Oil share sale

Life Insurance Corp buys nearly all stock in ill-timed offering

China launches probes into brokerages

Authorities in fresh crackdown on market malpractice

Investment banking: Titans retreat

Post crisis, the biggest players turned to less risky activities

Zurich’s RSA bid leaves Hester on move

Without the premium offered by Zurich, RSA shareholders would face a long wait for chief to deliver

Zeus poaches quartet from Canaccord

Smaller firms tread on toes of bigger rivals

RSA set to agree £5.6bn Zurich bid

Hester in line for £8.5m payout if deal goes through

China turmoil weighs on IPO pipeline

Turbulence could affect investor sentiment to new issues


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