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    1. May 26, 2016

      BoE pushes on with bank ringfencing rules

      The Bank of England is to push ahead with its new rules for banks on ringfencing their retail operations, shrugging off...

    2. Fast FT

      May 26, 2016

      BoE sets out capital rules for ringfenced banks

      The Bank of England has stood firm in the face of criticism from one of the chief architects of post-crisis bank...

    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. April 15, 2016

      MPs to probe UK bank capital rules after high level spat

      MPs are to launch an inquiry into the robustness of UK bank capital rules following a rare spat between one of the...

    2. February 21, 2016

      When financial innovation turns toxic

      Negative interest rates are insidious things. Among their more potent characteristics is a tendency to squeeze bank...

    3. February 16, 2016

      Q&A: Vickers opens fire on BoE

      Why has this row erupted? Last month the Bank of England published plans for a new “systemic risk buffer” that would...

    4. February 16, 2016

      BoE and Vickers square up over who is toughest on UK banks

      In the red corner is Sir John Vickers, chief architect of the UK’s banking reforms, who says the Bank of England has...

    5. February 15, 2016

      Bank of England rebuffs Vickers criticism

      The Bank of England has rebuffed criticism from the chief architect of the UK’s banking reforms by denying that it has...

    6. February 14, 2016

      Vickers lashes out at BoE bank buffers

      The chief architect of the UK’s retail banking reforms has attacked the Bank of England for watering down his...

    7. February 14, 2016

      The Bank of England must think again on systemic risk

      A central lesson of the crisis of 2008 was that banks had woefully inadequate equity capital. When banks could not...

    8. October 15, 2015

      Ringfencing Q&A: are the banks happy?

      Ringfencing rules for banks were proposed by the government after recommendations from the Independent Commission on...

    9. April 27, 2015

      The outdated ring fence that will starve City of London finance

      The rules imposed on Britain’s banks in the years after the financial crisis are beginning to look like the old English...

    10. November 6, 2014

      Watchdog’s UK bank review set to question free current accounts

      Free current accounts could be in peril following the UK antitrust watchdog’s decision to launch a root-and-branch...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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...

    18. 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...

    19. 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...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. May 3, 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...

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