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    1. April 29, 2015

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    1. April 28, 2015

      Santander profits lifted by Brazil and Spain

      Banco Santander´s earnings jumped 32 per cent in the first quarter, after the Madrid-based lender recorded higher profits in...

    2. April 17, 2015

      Santander renegotiates UniCredit fund manager deal

      Ana Botín, Banco Santander’s executive chairman, has renegotiated a merger of the Spanish bank’s asset management business...

    3. April 6, 2015

      Bank profits: tangible benefits

      You cannot turn a sow’s ear into a silk purse. But with a little effort you might make it vaguely presentable. And so banks,...

    4. April 2, 2015

      Temasek eyes £30m stake in Funding Circle

      Temasek, Singapore’s state investment company, is planning to buy a stake in peer-to-peer lending platform Funding Circle,...

    5. April 1, 2015

      Political stand-off clouds Australia’s green energy sector

      Investment in Australian renewable energy is plunging, mothballed coal plants are reopening and carbon emissions are rising...

    6. March 29, 2015

      European payouts rise by more than 10%

      Europe’s largest companies have increased shareholder payouts by the highest annual amount since the financial crisis,...

    7. March 15, 2015

      European banks need to catch up with US standards

      The only banks to fail last week’s US stress tests were European. It was the last news Santander and Deutsche Bank wanted to...

    8. March 13, 2015

      Banks are still struggling to learn from their mistakes

      When I was at school, the most important advice I got from my parents was to learn from my mistakes. If I got a question...

    9. March 12, 2015

      Deutsche Bank and Santander vow to improve capital planning

      Stress test failures Santander and Deutsche Bank have promised to improve their capital planning, controls and reporting...

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      March 12, 2015

      FirstFT (the new 6am Cut)

      You can sign up to receive the email here. The euro continued its slide towards parity with the dollar ahead of next week’s...

    11. March 11, 2015

      Banks act to reassure investors on tests

      Banks at the centre of the latest round of the US Federal Reserve’s stress tests were quick to reassure investors on...

    12. March 11, 2015

      Deutsche and Santander fail US stress test

      The Federal Reserve has vetoed the US capital plans of Deutsche Bank and Santander in a stinging rebuke for the European...

    13. March 2, 2015

      Santander announces head of North American division

      Santander has tapped a former head of the consumer division at JPMorgan to run its North American division, as the Spanish...

    14. February 24, 2015

      Europe’s big banks will need to raise capital warns ECB

      Some of the eurozone’s biggest banks will need to raise more equity because of a clampdown on national exceptions to capital...

    15. February 17, 2015

      Caixabank launches bid for Portugal’s BPI

      Caixabank has made a full takeover bid for BPI of Portugal, in a move that would cement the Spanish bank’s standing as the...

    16. February 6, 2015

      More rates cut but remortgaging is flat

      Barclays has slashed interest rates on its fixed-rate mortgages following a flurry of rate cuts among mortgage lenders....

    17. February 5, 2015

      Unicorn gallops to top of fund house ranking

      The smaller companies specialist Unicorn Asset Management has the strongest performance of any equity fund provider in the...

    18. February 3, 2015

      Santander: oasis or mirage?

      There it is. Shimmering in the distance. A beautiful vision of a financially stable bank that can fund lending growth, add...

    19. February 3, 2015

      Lower provisions help boost Santander profit by 70%

      Santander’s profits rose sharply in the first full set of results under Ana Botín, as the Spanish bank’s new chairman...

    20. February 2, 2015

      Santander to offer cloud storage services

      Santander is to be the first global bank to offer cloud data storage services to corporate clients as it fights back against...

    21. February 2, 2015

      Democratising finance: Botín charts Santander’s digital course

      Santander gears up for digital“Anytime, anyplace, anywhere.” Ana Botín is repeating the catchphrase from a well-known 1970s...

    22. February 2, 2015

      Silver cloud has troublesome lining for tech aspirants like Santander

      A god sometimes descends on a mechanical cloud to conclude Greek dramas tidily. Ana Botin envisages a similar scenario at...

    23. January 19, 2015

      Which of  Europe’s leading lenders will reap the QE dividend?

      More than SFr20bn ($22.8bn) was wiped off the market value of the top three Swiss banks — UBS, Credit Suisse and Julius Baer...

    24. January 16, 2015

      Santander bypasses its small shareholders

      Last week, with a two-paragraph announcement headed “Material fact”, one of Europe’s biggest banks slashed its dividend by...

    25. January 11, 2015

      New capital goals and Santander share sale heap pressure on Europe’s banks

      The biggest eurozone banks have come under renewed pressure to raise extra capital after the European Central Bank set new...

    26. January 9, 2015

      IFA chain Lighthouse to offer online advice

      Financial advisers Lighthouse Group have partnered with the online investment manager Money on Toast to offer low-cost...

    27. January 9, 2015

      US investors pile into Santander shares

      More than half of the €7.5bn in new Santander shares sold overnight through an accelerated placement were bought by US...

    28. January 8, 2015

      City Insider: Santander mandate for Orcel

      Andrea Orcel: Spanish steps A bright start to the year for the equity bankers at UBS and Goldman Sachs. Much to the...

    29. January 8, 2015

      Santander chairman casts aside late father’s strategy

      Since she took over the top job at Banco Santander last September, Ana Botín has left no doubt that she is ready to move...

    30. January 8, 2015

      Santander: going off the scrip

      “Banco Santander, due to our business model, due to our diversification, we have a ratio of capital that – we are very...

    31. January 8, 2015

      Santander to raise up to €7.5bn via overnight share sale

      Santander is raising up to €7.5bn from a share sale as new executive chairman Ana Botín radically breaks with the strategy...

    32. January 1, 2015

      Bank M&A: small is beautiful

      This year’s bonus letters have barely been printed but merger and acquisition bankers will already be thinking about next...

    33. December 19, 2014

      10-year mortgage deals offer certainty at a price

      TSB has launched a 10-year mortgage with a five-year “get-out” clause, which it says affords borrowers long-term certainty...

    34. December 19, 2014

      Madoff risks return for Santander

      The ghosts of the six-year-old Madoff scandal are coming back to haunt Banco Santander, one of the world’s biggest banks. In...

    35. December 12, 2014

      Women we watched: Ana Botín

      Ana Botín is barely three months into her job as head of the eurozone’s biggest bank. But already she is making her mark. At...

    36. December 8, 2014

      UK retail banks questioned by MPs on fraud levels

      An influential committee of MPs has asked the UK’s five leading high street banks to report on how they assemble fraud...

    37. December 2, 2014

      Should you accept UK government’s Pibs tender offer?

      UK Asset Resolution is offering to buy out holders of three “perpetual subordinated bonds” issued by failed banks Northern...

    38. November 28, 2014

      Santander’s Botín signals intent with new chief executive

      It has taken Ana Botín only two months to stamp her authority on the vast financial empire she took over from her late...

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