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  1. April 8, 2014

    English law cannot stop Scots being sterling squatters

    Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, has stated that if Scotland became independent following September’s referendum,...

  2. March 30, 2014

    Ally Financial: revved up

    No more idling for Ally Financial. The former financing arm of General Motors is moving ahead with an initial public...

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  1. The Future of Spanish Businesses 2012

    With the domestic economy in crisis, many executives feel the need to diversify abroad...
  2. Brazil & the US 2013

    Politics put to one side in sign of closer ties...
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  1. March 27, 2014

    Fed stress test results to hit RBS’s Citizens division hardest

    Of the three foreign banks that suffered the ignominy of having their capital plans fall foul of the US Federal Reserve’s...

  2. March 27, 2014

    Stocks drift as data fail to inspire

    Thursday 20:00 GMT. Global equities struggled to establish a clear trend as the latest US economic data offered limited...

  3. March 25, 2014

    Santander steps up lending to small businesses

    Banco Santander said it plans to write €30bn in new loans to small and medium-sized companies in Spain this year, an...

  4. March 16, 2014

    UniCredit aims to sell or float Pioneer Investments arm

    UniCredit aims to sell or float its Pioneer Investments asset management business with a valuation of about €2bn-€3bn as...

  5. March 5, 2014

    Santander set to lead wave of coco sales

    Three banks have issued their first so-called “coco” bonds as investors expect a coming flood of supply in the...

  6. February 18, 2014

    Peugeot: deal done

    Shares in France’s Peugeot shaded lower on Tuesday afternoon as final details of the planned partnership with China’s...

  7. February 17, 2014

    Santander fined €16.9m over mis-selling scandal

    Spain’s Botín banking dynasty suffered a double blow on Monday, after the country’s stock market regulator imposed a fine of...

  8. February 4, 2014

    City regulator damps banks’ hope of PPI time limit

    The City regulator has damped banks’ hopes of a time limit on payouts to customers mis-sold payment protection policies,...

  9. February 2, 2014

    Spanish banks: small is beautiful

    Fortune, they say, favours the bold. So perhaps this is the time to invest in Spanish banks. Yes, it was a popular trade in...

  10. January 30, 2014

    Santander: providing all goes well

    Poacher turned gamekeeper? Gamekeeper turned poacher? Either way, this week’s appointment of Sheila Bair, former chair of...

  11. January 30, 2014

    Spanish economic recovery boosts Santander as profit jumps 90%

    Banco Santander on Thursday announced a 90 per cent jump in net profit for the past year, helped by a sharp drop in bad loan...

  12. January 27, 2014

    Santander appoints Sheila Bair as independent director

    Banco Santander has appointed Sheila Bair, a former regulator and an outspoken critic of big banks, as an independent...

  13. January 24, 2014

    Mobile apps boost payment security

    Today, any debit or credit card that carries the contactless symbol can buy you a coffee in Starbucks, a pen in Paperchase,...

  14. FT Alphaville

    January 23, 2014

    The 6am London Cut

    Microsoft will allow foreign customers to have their personal data stored on servers outside the US, breaking ranks with...

  15. January 14, 2014

    Never underestimate the inertia of an average customer

    Cashless payment system Zapp looks pretty impressive. Banks with over a third of UK retail accounts, including HSBC and...

  16. January 10, 2014

    New-builds excluded from Help to Buy 2

    A number of high-street lenders are not offering loans for new-build properties through the mortgage guarantee part of Help...

  17. January 9, 2014

    Santander US arm eyes New York IPO to raise $1.56bn

    Santander’s US consumer finance division plans to raise as much as $1.56bn from a New York stock market listing as the...

  18. beyondbrics

    December 31, 2013

    Mexico's airports: sending the right signals?

    A New Year’s Day dogfight is looming between Mexico’s international airport, AICM, and infrastructure group Fumisa,...

  19. December 18, 2013

    Optimism on Spanish banks grows as oligopoly looms

    Much like vinyl records and moustaches, Spanish banks are enjoying a popular comeback that has defied even the most...

  20. December 17, 2013

    Banks sell novel package of obscure trade finance assets

    Citigroup and Santander have sold $1bn of trade finance assets in a securitisation designed to pave the way for more obscure...

  21. December 11, 2013

    Chinese banks: Revolution No. 9

    It says a lot about China’s size that a lender devoted to just one city can have $134bn in assets – even if that city is...

  22. December 10, 2013

    Santander buys €470m stake in China bank

    Banco Santander has bought a €470m stake in Bank of Shanghai from HSBC as part of a long desired move by Spain’s largest...

  23. December 9, 2013

    Are mergers back in vogue for deal-hungry bankers?

    Jean-Laurent Bonnafé is starting to make even the most red-blooded deal bankers look bearish. Within three weeks the BNP...

  24. December 9, 2013

    Santander has led the way in bank spin-offs

    For HSBC, the decision to consider a separate listing for its UK operations may mark a radical departure. Yet for Banco...

  25. November 29, 2013

    First-time buyers in London and their fight to get on the ladder

    Following on from John Kay’s eloquent view of London’s property market, the Financial Times spoke to some young Britons...

  26. November 29, 2013

    Spain gives lenders green light to reclassify €30bn of DTAs

    The government of Spain has told Banco Santander, BBVA, Caixabank and other domestic lenders that they can reclassify €30bn...

  27. November 20, 2013

    Foreign bidders face higher hurdles to buy Spanish bank

    The Spanish central bank will force foreign investment funds bidding for the nationalised caja Nova Caixa Galicia to hold...

  28. November 19, 2013

    Spanish banks favoured as eurozone recovers

    When US investors have eyed the menu of banking shares on offer in Europe, they have taken big bites out of Spanish banks....

  29. October 27, 2013

    Spanish banks: winter sun

    Everyone has been heading to Spain for the winter. Shares in Spanish banks have been surging of late – Santander, BBVA,...

  30. beyondbrics

    October 25, 2013

    Banxico cuts again - for the last time this year?

    For the second month running and the third time this year, the Bank of Mexico has cut its key interest rate, bringing it to...

  31. October 24, 2013

    Banco Santander profits surge boosted by Spanish economic revival

    Banco Santander, Spain’s largest bank by assets, recorded a surge in third-quarter profits, helped by a sharp drop in bad...

  32. October 13, 2013

    UK business faces cyber security challenge

    More than half the finance directors at the UK’s biggest companies say they do not have enough information to stave off...

  33. October 7, 2013

    Santander bets on resurgent Spain

    Santander has made its first significant investment in Spain since the start of the financial crisis by buying into the...

  34. September 30, 2013

    Back-scratching back in vogue at banks

    A decade ago, Goldman Sachs used to operate something called the Reciprocity Committee. The titan of Wall Street says it...

  35. September 27, 2013

    Santander Brasil to pay $2.7bn dividend

    Santander’s Brazilian subsidiary will pay a $2.7bn special dividend as Spain’s largest lender by assets seeks to boost...

  36. FT Tech Hub

    September 25, 2013

    A price war kicks off in mobile payments

    If you’re wondering why Jack Dorsey’s payments company Square hasn’t launched in Europe, here’s one possible answer. The...

  37. September 20, 2013

    Eight held after £1.3m cyber raid at Barclays

    Eight men have been arrested on suspicion of stealing £1.3m from a branch of Barclays in north London, after one member of...

  38. September 20, 2013

    Recycling old names keeps out fresh corporate voices

    Normally, the United States is seen as the home of second chances, where disgraced preachers, bankrupt airlines – and almost...

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