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    1. FT Alphaville

      October 17, 2014

      Guest post: One virtual account number to rule them all

      By David Birch, a director of the secure electronic transactions consultancy, Consult Hyperion. He is an...

    2. April 15, 2014

      Business hits ‘brick wall’ in talks on UK banking ring fence

      Business representatives warned on Tuesday they were hitting a “brick wall” in discussions with the government over the...

    Special Reports

    1. FT year in finance 2011

      - There is little consensus on how to fix the banking system - Behind the scenes with...
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    1. March 11, 2014

      OFT says banks are hindering small company access to finance

      High street banks may be hindering small and medium enterprises from gaining access to finance from alternative providers...

    2. December 8, 2013

      HSBC prepares to leap the Vickers ringfence

      Sir John Vickers has largely disappeared from view since publishing the final report of his Independent Commission on...

    3. September 8, 2013

      Vickers calls for doubling of bank capital levels

      The chief architect of Britain’s post-crisis regulatory reforms believes banks’ capital levels should be at least twice as...

    4. June 20, 2013

      Osborne’s challenge

      For all its traditional pomp, this week’s Mansion House banquet was dominated by a sense that an era in British banking is...

    5. February 10, 2013

      Smaller banks say rules hit their lending

      Homeowners and small businesses are being denied a wide choice of lending providers because of safety rules that are...

    6. February 8, 2013

      Bank shares unbowed

      It may have been a week that most senior bank executives would prefer to forget, but shareholders have come through it...

    7. February 4, 2013

      Q&A: Osborne’s banking reforms

      Four years after the financial crisis of 2008, George Osborne, chancellor, has announced his Banking Reform Bill. WHAT ARE...

    8. January 27, 2013

      Electrify the banking ringfence

      The UK government will shortly publish its Banking Reform Bill, giving effect to the recommendations of the Independent...

    9. January 25, 2013

      OFT spares banks full competition inquiry

      Britain’s biggest banks have avoided a full-blown inquiry into their domination of personal current accounts, in spite of...

    10. November 5, 2012

      Banks plea for right to sell derivatives

      Three of the UK’s biggest banks have told MPs they should be allowed to sell simple derivative products from within their...

    11. November 2, 2012

      Damaging culture at court of ‘Sun King’

      Speaking on BBC Radio in May, Sir Mervyn King rejected calls for a wholesale inquiry into the Bank of England’s conduct...

    12. October 8, 2012

      Financial stalwarts line up to lead BoE

      The deadline for aspirants to what is arguably the most powerful central bank governorship in the world passed on Monday,...

    13. October 4, 2012

      Liikanen is at least a step forward for EU banks

      In 2010, US banks had assets of €8.6tn. But those of the EU’s were €42.9tn. In the US, bank assets were close to 80 per cent...

    14. July 9, 2012

      Vickers is not enough to stop another Libor scandal

      In response to the latest banking scandal – Barclays’ rigging of Libor rates – David Cameron is calling for better banking...

    15. Martin Wolf's Exchange

      July 2, 2012

      Banking reforms after the Libor scandal

      On June 14 2012, I wrote a column [Two cheers for Britain’s bank reform plans] on the government’s plans to implement the...

    16. June 20, 2012

      Leverage and the law of unintended consequences

      From Mr Graham Beale. Sir, While broadly endorsing the chancellor’s approach (“Two cheers for the government’s bank reform...

    17. June 14, 2012

      Two cheers for Britain’s bank reform plans

      How well is the government planning to implement the proposals of the Independent Commission on Banking, chaired by Sir John...

    18. June 14, 2012

      UK bank reforms

      Cutting banks some slack is not always wise, but the UK government has taken a chance. Its Independent Commission on Banking...

    19. June 14, 2012

      Vickers says bank reforms are too soft

      The government has been accused of watering down a number of key proposals on banking reform just as the crisis afflicting...

    20. June 13, 2012

      Osborne to adopt Vickers reforms

      The chancellor is to vow to stop problems created by the financial services industry from threatening ordinary taxpayers as...

    21. June 10, 2012

      Banks to win ground on Vickers plan

      The UK’s biggest banks are expected to win a potentially crucial concession for their small business operations as the...

    22. May 29, 2012

      JPMorgan offers warning for ringfencing

      Sir John Vickers popped up in Brussels on Friday. After keeping his head down as an Oxford academic for the past six months,...

    23. May 14, 2012

      Subtraction of Plus to underline deficit

      The circumstances surrounding the self-proclaimed demise of Plus are as convoluted as the plot of a whodunit by Stieg...

    24. May 9, 2012

      Vulture funds eye longer timescale

      As the financial crisis unfolded, the stars seemed aligned for the so-called “vulture funds” that specialise in buying...

    25. FT Alphaville

      May 3, 2012

      Basel III bunfight: Is this the beginning of the end?

      On Wednesday, as FT Alphaville has already illustrated, European finance ministers failed to agree legislation that would...

    26. May 2, 2012

      King admits failing to ‘shout’ about risk

      Repairing the economy and regulating banks is “the biggest challenge the Bank [of England] has faced for decades,” Sir...

    27. April 16, 2012

      European banks: Lloyds and ING

      This post-crisis bank narrative is familiar: forced seller seeks deep-pocketed buyer for prize assets in bombed out market....

    28. February 16, 2012

      OFT threatens UK banks with forced break-up

      UK banks face the threat of forced break-up unless they take significant steps to improve competition and transparency for...

    29. January 11, 2012

      Osborne says banks unlikely to quit City

      The chancellor has dismissed warnings from big UK banks that they could abandon London in favour of rival financial centres,...

    30. December 31, 2011

      IOD chief urges action on executive pay

      Executive pay and the lack of women on company boards need to be tackled next year to put right some of the UK’s “key...

    31. December 27, 2011

      Vickers reforms high on banks’ agendas

      As Britain’s banks draw up their priorities for 2012, one topic – getting to grips with the Vickers reforms – will figure...

    32. December 23, 2011

      Osborne comments likely to fuel RBS changes

      George Osborne’s endorsement of a sweeping structural overhaul of the UK’s bloated banking sector was widely expected to be...

    33. December 20, 2011

      Banks hard to value as status changes

      One striking juxtaposition in equity returns this year is that utilities in the S&P 500 were the top performing sector in...

    34. FT Alphaville

      December 20, 2011

      Pink picks

      Comment, analysis and more from Tuesday’s FT, Editorial comment: Whole world needs Europe to grow Today the whole world...

    35. FT Alphaville

      December 20, 2011

      Osborne calls time on RBS' global ambitions

      George Osborne has called time on Royal Bank of Scotland’s ambitions to be a force in global investment banking, as the...

    36. December 19, 2011

      UK banks: concessions may be too little

      Here is one we made earlier. The UK not only announced a new blueprint for its banking sector on Monday – it provided the...

    37. December 19, 2011

      A chance for the UK to have banks fit for all seasons

      The coalition’s decision to back so many of the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Banking is good news,...

    38. December 19, 2011

      Osborne grants big banks a concession

      Britain’s biggest banks can avoid punishingly high capital requirements for their international operations if they can show...

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