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  1. July 18, 2014

    Britain versus the banks

    Shredded: Inside RBS, the Bank That Broke Britain, by Ian Fraser, Birlinn, RRP£25, 480 pages Inside the Banking Crisis: The...

  2. June 6, 2014

    Few employers will go near CDC pensions

    To what problem is the Collective Defined Contribution scheme the solution, exactly? It certainly won’t save the defined...

  1. April 22, 2014

    Northern Rock Foundation to close after lack of funding agreement

    The Northern Rock Foundation, one of the UK’s biggest corporately-funded grant bodies, is to be closed after agreement on...

  2. March 18, 2014

    UK ‘challenger’ banks plan listings worth £10bn

    New UK banks are preparing for stock market listings aimed at raising a total of £10bn – in an indication of investor demand...

  3. March 14, 2014

    Virgin Money to spend £3m a year on lounges

    Virgin Money is spending about £3m a year on “lounges” that do not offer banking services, in a sign of the pressure on...

  4. December 15, 2013

    Rules for failing banks raise prospect of eurozone red-tape burden

    Fears are growing that the eurozone’s proposed new banking regime will be too bureaucratic for the task of handling a sudden...

  5. October 24, 2013

    Central banks need to ‘keep up’ with markets says Mark Carney

    The Bank of England, Mark Carney said on Thursday night, is open for business. The governor’s message to the City was clear....

  6. October 22, 2013

    To secure stability, treat finance and fast food alike

    Perhaps the most fundamental confusion in the evolution of financial services regulation is the equation of financial...

  7. October 8, 2013

    Goldman Sachs’ arm buys 50% of Hastings

    Goldman Sachs’ merchant banking division is to complete its first UK private equity deal since 2008 by acquiring a 50 per...

  8. September 20, 2013

    Europe’s banks slog to exit bailouts

    In all the euphoria around the UK government’s first move this week to reprivatise Lloyds Banking Group, it is easy to...

  9. September 15, 2013

    On management: Has the corporation gone rogue?

    Since publication of the Cadbury report on corporate governance in 1992, the UK has basked in its role as the undisputed...

  10. September 13, 2013

    Central London shrugs off Lehman legacy

    The collapse of Lehman Brothers, five years ago this weekend, had an immediate impact on a UK property market already...

  11. September 12, 2013

    Lehman’s legacy: Five bitter pills

    When you treat a sick patient,” says Tom Huertas, “the medicine might not work straight away. But that doesn’t mean it’s not...

  12. August 26, 2013

    MPs step up campaign for break-up of RBS

    MPs are stepping up their campaign for a break-up of Royal Bank of Scotland amid suspicions in Westminster that RBS and...

  13. August 20, 2013

    Co-op’s banking app rated worst by consumers

    The Co-operative Bank has the worst-rated app among the largest UK banks, with other lenders also struggling to keep pace...

  14. August 15, 2013

    A bigger name for UKAR shouldn’t mean a longer life

    It doesn’t sponsor a sports team, plaster its name on London bikes or run a multimedia campaign based on annoyingly...

  15. August 15, 2013

    UK state-owned ‘zombie bank’ builds brand

    The UK’s state-owned “zombie bank” responsible for winding down Northern Rock’s mortgages is attempting to become a brand in...

  16. August 6, 2013

    ‘Zombie’ bank presses mortgage customers on repayment plans

    The organisation responsible for running down the loan books of failed lenders Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley has...

  17. July 19, 2013

    Don’t bank on a Glass-Steagall fix

    Five years after the financial crisis, regulators and politicians are enjoying a second wind in their efforts to rein in the...

  18. July 18, 2013

    JC Flowers to buy loans from state-owned Northern Rock

    US private equity investor JC Flowers is poised to buy £450m of loans from Northern Rock as the government accelerates the...

  19. FT Alphaville

    July 16, 2013

    A mere £141bn

    From the UK National Audit Office’s look at the Treasury’s accounts: Much more here. It’s largely because of the withdrawal...

  20. June 28, 2013

    I confess, Co-op hybrids were a mistake

    The American lawyer and polymath Edward John Phelps famously said that “the man who makes no mistakes does not usually make...

  21. June 25, 2013

    Progress report: European Union’s move to banking union

    Thursday’s EU summit has long been flagged as a gathering that would firmly put Europe on the path towards a “banking...

  22. June 21, 2013

    China’s credit: lessons in lending

    Remember when your parents confiscated your favourite toys until you had tidied your room and promised (again) to keep it...

  23. June 12, 2013

    Virgin Money expected to choose advisers for flotation plan

    Virgin Money is expected to appoint advisers for an initial public offering within the next six months, according to people...

  24. June 5, 2013

    Report cites lack of board skills as cause of most company crises

    Fresh tools are needed to tackle serious blindness to risks in the boardroom that are the root cause of most company...

  25. June 5, 2013

    Banks need stakeholder equilibrium

    It is more than five years since the demise of Northern Rock revealed for many the seriousness of the financial crisis....

  26. June 5, 2013

    Company disasters – boards are to blame

    The root causes of most company failures lie in the boardroom, with a serious skills gap and risk blindness being the most...

  27. May 8, 2013

    Economics, not politics, should dictate the RBS sale

    Five years ago, Britain’s government had to rescue its banks from collapse. It falls to the present government to prepare a...

  28. April 25, 2013

    Jim O’Neil’s exit revives questions over future of UKFI

    The spotlight directed on Thursday at UK Financial Investments went down badly in the Treasury. The attention sparked by the...

  29. April 25, 2013

    Banks and politics

    Since the autumn of 2008, when the UK government took stakes in Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group, its aim has...

  30. April 15, 2013

    UK banks must learn lessons from history

    Over the past couple of weeks, we have been treated to some powerful history lessons about Britain’s banking industry. Taken...

  31. March 27, 2013

    Resurgent Thiam set to survive censure

    Before UK regulators made public their plans to penalise Prudential over its failed bid for AIA, chief executive Tidjane...

  32. March 25, 2013

    Nationalised lender repays £4bn

    The British government was paid back £4bn in 2012 by the company responsible for winding down the mortgage books of...

  33. March 21, 2013

    Hastings scraps plans for public listing

    Hastings, the motor insurer chaired by Neil Utley, has scrapped a plan to follow rivals Direct Line and Esure on to the...

  34. March 20, 2013

    Budget 2013: ‘Help to Buy’ parallels US loan system

    George Osborne is edging Britain closer to an American-style government-backed mortgage market by promising to underwrite...

  35. March 12, 2013

    Banks to face leverage ratio from 2015

    Banks worldwide are facing new constraints on their overall borrowing and reliance on short-term funding as global...

  36. March 8, 2013

    How to invest in Pibs and prefs

    Investors looking for income will inevitably discover permanent interest bearing shares (Pibs) in building societies, and...

  37. March 8, 2013

    Bank payouts creep up

    Bank bonuses may have been in the news for much of the past few weeks, but for investors the better news is that bank...

  38. February 15, 2013

    Think-tank proposes mortgage bonds

    Economists at the National Institute for Economic and Social Research believe the mortgage market is not working as it...

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