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  1. September 21, 2014

    UK mortgage clampdown threatens to put squeeze on rich buyers

    Wealthy buyers of luxury houses in the UK could soon find themselves being turned down for mortgages by private banks...

  2. September 19, 2014

    Borrowers could face pressure to use pension cash

    Borrowers may come under pressure to use retirement savings to clear mortgage debt when new pension freedoms come into force...

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    Unexpected upswing in growth gives rise to reflection on whether ‘fog of crisis’ is li...
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  1. September 19, 2014

    City relieved at Scottish result but wary over unresolved issues

    The threat that a raft of Scottish financial institutions would relocate south of the border abated as the country’s...

  2. September 19, 2014

    Devolution fear for financial services

    Scotland has elected to preserve the United Kingdom after more than three centuries of union, but the impact of the...

  3. September 18, 2014

    UK industry hit by fall in export orders

    Manufacturers’ export orders have deteriorated suddenly this month in a sign the UK is starting to feel the effects of the...

  4. September 18, 2014

    Europe shows negative interest rates not absurd – and might work

    Imagine borrowing money – but paying back less than the original sum. Absurd? Welcome to the new world of continental...

  5. September 17, 2014

    State Street asks top forex trader to stay away from office

    State Street’s head of foreign exchange spot trading in London has been asked to stay out of the office following an...

  6. September 17, 2014

    Eckxit could trigger Brexit and disaster for City

    British business has always given opportunities to ambitious Scots and been strengthened by their efforts. Lombard’s...

  7. September 17, 2014

    Bank of England’s MPC votes to hold interest rates

    The Bank of England appeared no closer to raising interest rates in its September meeting, although its Monetary Policy...

  8. September 17, 2014

    UK unemployment rate falls to 6.2%

    Britain’s jobless rate has dropped to 6.2 per cent after the biggest fall in unemployment in 26 years, but after five years...

  9. September 16, 2014

    UK house prices jump 11.7% in year to July

    The average home in London now costs more than £500,000 after the fastest rise in house prices in seven years, while...

  10. September 16, 2014

    Bank of England signals dim view of household debt

    The Bank of England has signalled that it is minded to take a dim view of household borrowing in future, blaming the...

  11. September 15, 2014

    Free State Ireland has lessons for Scotland on sterling

    In November 1923, barely a year after it came into being, the Irish Free State raised £10m in a bond issue. As officials...

  12. September 15, 2014

    US alarmed by prospect of Scottish ‘Yes’ in independence vote

    A Yes vote for independence would be an economic mistake for Scotland and a geopolitical disaster for the west, senior US...

  13. September 14, 2014

    Scots vote provides highlight following big swings in sterling

    The meeting of the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee probably loses out to the Scottish independence referendum for...

  14. Gavyn Davies

    September 14, 2014

    Who won the macro economic debate in Scotland?

    With the Scottish referendum still in the balance, this blog comments on the key macro economic issues in the campaign,...

  15. September 14, 2014

    Scotland faces running gauntlet to join EU

    After he was named the next president of the European Commission, one of the first things Jean-Claude Juncker did was to...

  16. September 12, 2014

    What happens after a Yes vote will shock the Scots

    The nightmare could begin on Friday. Imagine a narrow vote in favour of independence. Down south, Conservative prime...

  17. September 12, 2014

    Remortgaging set to rise

    Remortgage lending will rise sharply over the next two years as a healthier economy frees up so-called “mortgage prisoners”...

  18. FT Alphaville

    September 11, 2014

    BoE on the potential of the blockchain

    The key finding of the BoE’s report on cryptocurrencies is that the technology which supports digital currencies, the...

  19. September 11, 2014

    Scottish currency reserves would need ‘tens of billions’

    Scotland would need to build up tens of billions of pounds in currency stockpiles to successfully use the pound without a...

  20. September 11, 2014

    Bitcoin unlikely to enjoy widespread use

    Digital currencies are very unlikely to achieve widespread usage as they are currently designed, says the Bank of England in...

  21. September 11, 2014

    Scottish independence: SNP would concede powers to win currency union

    John Swinney, Scottish finance secretary, has conceded that an independent Scotland “would have to accept some fiscal...

  22. September 10, 2014

    Carney warns Scotland over currency reserves

    An independent Scotland would need to build up large currency stockpiles to successfully use the pound without a formal...

  23. September 10, 2014

    UK borrowing costs shrug off Scottish challenge

    The swing towards Scottish independence in some opinion polls has sparked stories of investors pulling their cash from...

  24. FT Alphaville

    September 10, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Scottish currency union, the unilateral Montenegro option: Izzy wonders why would any...

  25. FT Alphaville

    September 10, 2014

    Scotland and Sterling -- whose currency is it anyway?

    This guest post is from Charles Proctor, a partner at lawyers Fladgate and an acknowledged expert on the legal aspects of...

  26. FT Alphaville

    September 10, 2014

    Scottish currency union, the unilateral Montenegro option

    Here’s an interesting point from Capital Economics’ Roger Bootle on Tuesday regarding a potential Scottish currency union....

  27. September 9, 2014

    The dilemma of defining risk appetite in banking

    When presenting HSBC’s first-half results last month, Douglas Flint, the bank’s chairman, talked of “disproportionate risk...

  28. September 9, 2014

    Carney warns Scots over currency union

    The governor of the Bank of England has warned that a currency union between England and an independent Scotland would be...

  29. The A-List

    September 9, 2014

    The dilemma of defining risk appetite in banking

    When presenting HSBC’s first-half results last month, Douglas Flint, the bank’s chairman, talked of “disproportionate risk...

  30. September 9, 2014

    Lenders attack Bank of England’s plan for tough leverage ratio

    Britain’s building societies have attacked the Bank of England’s plan for a tough new leverage ratio, describing it as a...

  31. September 8, 2014

    Scottish banks lead FTSE lower

    Fears that the Yes camp in the Scottish independence campaign might turn a victory at next week’s poll took its toll on UK...

  32. September 8, 2014

    De La Rue named preferred bidder for Bank of England deal

    De La Rue looks set to keep one of its most important contracts after being named preferred bidder on the 10-year deal to...

  33. September 5, 2014

    A second look at the UK economy

    Finding out that you have been richer than you thought you were all along is a strange kind of blessing. In theory it is a...

  34. September 5, 2014

    Scotland’s currency future: what economists think

    The Financial Times asked a panel of leading economists to consider four currency options available to an independent...

  35. September 5, 2014

    UK consumers sceptical on falling prices

    Official data may show prices are falling on the UK high street, but consumers are not convinced. The latest quarterly...

  36. September 5, 2014

    How much do we need central banks?

    How much do you really need a central bank? A chat with Australian business journalist Trevor Sykes this week convinced me...

  37. September 5, 2014

    Bank of England urged to set rates with wages in mind

    The head of Britain’s trade union movement has urged the governor of the Bank of England to place greater weight on real...

  38. September 4, 2014

    Senior MP hits out at regulators over HBOS report

    The UK’s financial watchdogs have been criticised after they secured the right to see early versions of a sensitive review...

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