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    1. December 17, 2014

      General Electric: Being Boring

      Why do investors in the finance sector — and the managements they install — detest the idea of boring banks? Look at General...

    2. December 10, 2014

      Hungary cannot bank on state ownership

      The long saga of the Hungarian government’s battle with the country’s banks is entering its final act — and may end in a...

    Special Reports

    1. Special Report: Mid-Market Companies 2013

      Britain’s mid-sized enterprises more than match smaller and larger rivals in terms of ...
    2. The FT’s Year in Finance

      These specially selected articles, originally published in the FT this year, show a ch...
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    1. October 19, 2014

      Big banks giving up on their global ambitions

      Almost 10 years ago to the day Citigroup’s then chief executive Chuck Prince started his global apology tour, aimed at...

    2. September 23, 2014

      General Electric: Imposing discipline

      The great dilemma for chief executives: meeting strategic goals while being fiscally prudent, and choosing between the two...

    3. September 11, 2014

      RadioShack in restructuring talks to avoid bankruptcy

      RadioShack, once the go-to destination for the latest technology gear and a staple of American malls, is in advanced...

    4. September 3, 2014

      US banks face $100bn liquidity shortfall

      The largest US banks have a $100bn shortfall to make up in order to meet new liquidity rules designed to avert a future...

    5. FT Alphaville

      August 11, 2014

      The Closer

      FURTHER FURTHER READING - The FICC and the dead: banks and volatility. - Russia and markets: the power of weakness. - Amanda...

    6. August 11, 2014

      Fed gives preview of future non-bank scrutiny

      The scrutiny of AIG and GE Capital, which are overseen by the Federal Reserve, is a preview of what other non-banks may face...

    7. July 18, 2014

      GE to float credit business this month

      General Electric is planning a $3bn flotation of one of its consumer finance operations later this month, as part of chief...

    8. June 23, 2014

      Santander boosts consumer finance arm with Nordic acquisition

      Santander has agreed to buy GE Capital’s unit in Sweden, Denmark and Norway for about €700m, in what the eurozone’s largest...

    9. June 23, 2014

      UK closes gap on Germany’s growth machine

      Germany’s Mittelstand of middle-sized companies is widely admired, not least in the UK, which aims to emulate its practices...

    10. June 23, 2014

      UK Mittelstand to outpace European rivals

      Britain’s neglected medium-sized companies expect to grow faster than their mainland European rivals during the coming year,...

    11. June 22, 2014

      Vindication for Immelt in GE’s Alstom bid

      The success of General Electric’s bid for Alstom’s energy business is a personal vindication for Jeff Immelt, the company’s...

    12. June 20, 2014

      GE looks beyond Paris with revised Alstom bid

      General Electric’s Jeff Immelt, an archetypal US chief executive from his love of (American) football to his Harvard MBA,...

    13. April 7, 2014

      UK business to step up capital spending and hiring in coming year

      Companies plan to step up capital spending and hiring over the coming year, reinforcing hopes that business investment will...

    14. March 23, 2014

      ‘Direct lending’ fund tops €2bn as demand booms

      Hayfin, a London-based fund manager, has raised more than €2bn from institutional investors to offer senior loans to...

    15. March 13, 2014

      GE retail finance unit details challenges

      General Electric has filed with US regulators for the planned spin-off of its North American retail finance business, valued...

    16. March 13, 2014

      GE / Synchrony: separation anxiety

      Here’s the simple bit. If the US economy continues to improve, then this is a good time to invest in a private label credit...

    17. February 26, 2014

      General Electric finalises exit from Japanese consumer finance

      General Electric has drawn a line under its foray into consumer finance in Japan by agreeing to pay Y175bn ($1.7bn) to...

    18. January 31, 2014

      GE moves closer to US retail finance IPO

      General Electric has hired bankers to push ahead with an initial public offering of its North American retail finance...

    19. January 17, 2014

      GE profit margins disappoint investors

      General Electric, the US industrial group, disappointed investors with a smaller increase in its profit margins than it had...

    20. December 18, 2013

      GE predicts sales growth and cash returns

      General Electric expects its revenue growth to accelerate next year as the US economy continues to strengthen, the US...

    21. November 15, 2013

      GE consumer arm: what’s it worth?

      No surprises here. General Electric formally announced on Friday that it plans to list its North American consumer finance...

    22. November 15, 2013

      GE financial services unit may be valued at more than $20bn in IPO

      General Electric has confirmed plans to spin off its North American retail financial services business as a separate...

    23. October 30, 2013

      Cembra shares rise after $1.1bn flotation

      Cembra Money Bank floated on the Zurich stock exchange with a market valuation of SFr1.53bn ($1.7bn), the second-largest...

    24. October 29, 2013

      US midsized businesses cautious on outlook

      Midsized businesses in the US, which are responsible for the majority of the economy’s job creation, are expecting slower...

    25. beyondbrics

      October 24, 2013

      Guest post: emerging markets for emerging exporters

      By Kim Hayward of BDO The growth potential for medium sized businesses following international expansion is enormous. For...

    26. October 16, 2013

      GE Capital to float 60% stake in Swiss consumer credit operation

      GE Capital, the financial arm of General Electric, is to float a 60 per cent stake in its Swiss consumer credit operation,...

    27. September 20, 2013

      Regulators reject appeal by Prudential

      US regulators have rejected an appeal by Prudential Financial, America’s second-largest life assurer, to stave off...

    28. September 3, 2013

      GE Capital: consumer credit crunch

      How attractive is a credit card operation in post-financial crisis America? General Electric may offer some clues. A sale or...

    29. FT Alphaville

      August 30, 2013

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Big, detailed post from Cardiff: what can emerging markets do to stop capital flowing...

    30. August 27, 2013

      Jump in US short-term debt sales

      Sales of short-term corporate bonds in the US debt markets have jumped in the past few months as large global borrowers and...

    31. August 13, 2013

      Blackstone bolsters apartments portfolio

      Blackstone Group has agreed to buy into a portfolio of 80 apartment buildings in a deal with GE Capital, the latest sign the...

    32. July 25, 2013

      US presses banks for multibillion payments over mortgage securities

      Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Royal Bank of Scotland are being pressed for multibillion-dollar payments to the US...

    33. July 10, 2013

      US corporate borrowers return to market

      Large US corporate borrowers are coming back to the debt capital markets, taking advantage of a pause in a sell-off in bond...

    34. July 9, 2013

      AIG and GE Capital branded ‘systemically important’

      The US government has officially designated AIG, the bailed-out insurer, and GE Capital, the lending arm of the US...

    35. July 3, 2013

      Prudential appeals stricter Fed oversight

      Prudential Financial has appealed against US regulators’ decision to brand it a “systemically important” institution, a...

    36. June 27, 2013

      UK industry closes on Mittelstand

      Britain’s often neglected medium-sized companies are closing the gap in revenue growth with the Mittelstand, Germany’s...

    37. June 12, 2013

      GE appoints new head of financial arm

      General Electric has named its long-serving chief financial officer as chief executive of its GE Capital financial arm, as...

    38. June 4, 2013

      Non-bank SIFIs: question of risk

      Is the term “systemically important” synonymous with safe or risky? AIG, Prudential Financial and GE Capital were labelled...

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