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  1. July 18, 2014

    Scrutiny puts ‘free’ banking in question

    A proposed competition investigation into retail and small business banking may have far-reaching consequences for Britain’s...

  2. July 18, 2014

    UK banks: easy target

    It is an easy target for a new regulator. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority, set up last year, wants to launch an...

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  1. July 18, 2014

    Banks lead broad FTSE 100 losses

    Banks led broad losses on the FTSE 100 on Friday, as regulators confirmed the sector would face another inquiry into part of...

  2. July 17, 2014

    UK banks face full industry inquiry

    Britain’s biggest high street banks face the threat of being broken up after the UK competition authorities announced their...

  3. FT Alphaville

    July 17, 2014

    Because low vol just happens some times

    On the search for lost vol, complex systems and the limits of analysis from HSBC: A curious feature of current conditions is...

  4. July 17, 2014

    UBS retains wealth management crown as assets rise 15 per cent

    UBS’s decision to focus on wealth management paid off last year as the Swiss bank retained its position as the world leader...

  5. July 16, 2014

    Time called on the London gold fix

    The near-century old gold fix could soon be history after the four banks that run the global benchmark said they were...

  6. July 15, 2014

    Big banks = bad banks?

    A couple of weeks ago, a reader of a note on ING asked why we were bothering with such a small, insignificant bank....

  7. July 11, 2014

    Week in Review, July 12

    A round up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. Profit fall and child labour...

  8. July 11, 2014

    London banks bounce back

    The FTSE 100 bounced in opening trade on Friday, with the sharp selling of the previous session attracting bargain hunters,...

  9. July 10, 2014

    Wells Fargo follows New York fashion

    Wells Fargo, the San Francisco-based bank, is making a move on a traditional mainstay of New York commercial banking:...

  10. July 9, 2014

    Joint Thomson Reuters/CME bid in lead for silver fix

    A joint proposal by Thomson Reuters, the data and news service, and exchange operator CME Group has emerged as the...

  11. FT Alphaville

    July 8, 2014

    A price spike story

    The FCA is in danger of attracting regular readers to its Market Watch newsletter. Here’s an extract from Edition No. 46,...

  12. July 7, 2014

    US punishment of foreign banks’ sins could backfire

    Who needs aircraft carriers, stealth bombers or attack drones? The US has a much more powerful weapon to impose its foreign...

  13. July 7, 2014

    Banks ‘use funds of funds to boost profits’

    Several banks and asset managers are stuffing “funds of funds” with cheap in-house investments to boost profits instead of...

  14. July 7, 2014

    HSBC modifies Hong Kong report after criticism

    The challenges faced by global investment banks covering Hong Kong stocks were highlighted on Monday when HSBC issued and...

  15. July 7, 2014

    HSBC’s HK sell note raises red flags over political bias

    What’s the matter with peace, love and understanding? Plenty in the eyes of HSBC analysts, who downgraded Hong Kong equities...

  16. beyondbrics

    July 7, 2014

    Guest post: MNCs betting big on India

    By Sunil Sanghai of HSBC The days of hot and smart money are over. An increasing number of long-term foreign investors are...

  17. July 6, 2014

    Western banks start to pull out of Iraq

    The growing crisis in Iraq has forced western banks that launched themselves into the Iraqi market with gusto in recent...

  18. July 4, 2014

    Patten attacks China over Hong Kong judiciary remarks

    Chris Patten, the former British governor of Hong Kong, has waded into a heated debate about the territory’s relationship...

  19. July 4, 2014

    UK banks face demand for inquiry into lawyers’ letters

    Ministers and regulators are under growing pressure to launch an investigation into how many of Britain’s biggest companies...

  20. July 2, 2014

    British MPs urge watchdog to probe price-rigging in gold market

    British MPs have called on the UK’s financial watchdog to investigate allegations of price-rigging in the London gold market...

  21. beyondbrics

    July 2, 2014

    Guest post: China rebalancing is a dangerous obsession

    By Qu Hongbin, Co-Head of Asian Economic Research, HSBC For many, China’s growth model, which has delivered average annual...

  22. June 30, 2014

    US Supreme Court rebuffs Madoff trustee

    The US Supreme Court has sheltered HSBC, UniCredit and UBS from facing more than $10bn in legal claims stemming from the...

  23. June 30, 2014

    UK banks generate less profit than Brazil

    UK banks are still generating less profit than those in France, Australia and Brazil, according to an annual analysis of the...

  24. June 30, 2014

    BNP Paribas: buy on the fact?

    Sell on the rumour, buy on the fact? So far, 2014 has been a great time to be a seller of shares in BNP Paribas. Worries...

  25. June 29, 2014

    Gulf states forge links with Asia as building boom drives imports

    At the crossroads of Eurasia and Africa, the Middle East has long been an important trading hub. But the emerging markets of...

  26. June 29, 2014

    Argentina in default as contest with holdouts enters endgame

    Barring a last minute deal with holdout creditors, Argentina will on Monday enter technical default for the second time in...

  27. June 27, 2014

    Barclays recovers from heavy sell-off

    London’s financial stocks bounced higher on Friday, recovering some of the losses made over the week and helping the FTSE...

  28. June 26, 2014

    Not all AGM protests are centred on executive pay

    Exactly a year ago, Li Ruigang was one of the most unpopular directors at any FTSE 100 company – at least as far as...

  29. June 25, 2014

    Fed warns banks they face tougher tests

    The Federal Reserve has warned banks in the US that tests of their ability to survive a financial crisis will be made...

  30. June 24, 2014

    HSBC continues banking retreat with sale of Swiss assets to LGT

    HSBC has continued its retreat from some of its extensive banking empire by selling a portfolio of Swiss private banking...

  31. beyondbrics

    June 24, 2014

    The fragile five: back again?

    Is it the return of the fragile five? As Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, the currencies of Indonesia, Turkey, South Africa...

  32. June 24, 2014

    Three European banks to delay capital submission plans to Fed

    The US units of HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander, which failed the Federal Reserve’s stress tests in March, will...

  33. June 22, 2014

    Former Hong Kong official says UK failing to defend democracy

    Anson Chan, the number two official in Hong Kong when the UK handed the colony back to China in 1997, has criticised British...

  34. June 22, 2014

    China lenders tap bond markets

    Chinese banks are borrowing record amounts from international bond investors, as they seek to shore up their balance sheets...

  35. June 22, 2014

    Oil price volatility hits European airlines

    European airline shares have fallen sharply as growing violence in Iraq marks the end of an unprecedented period of low...

  36. June 22, 2014

    Movers & shakers: June 23

    ● Schroders has appointed Sheila Nicoll as head of public policy, a newly created role. Ms Nicoll, a former director of...

  37. June 20, 2014

    Middle classes squeezed out of advice

    The squeezed middle. The cost-of-living crisis. The cling-ons. Whatever term one chooses to apply, life is increasingly...

  38. June 19, 2014

    Six banks sued over trustee roles

    A group of big investors including Blackrock and Pimco are suing six different banks including Deutsche Bank and HSBC for...

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