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  1. August 15, 2014

    Challenger banks on the charge

    The UK market should be fertile ground for challenger banks. Regulators have eased requirements for new lenders; competition...

  2. August 14, 2014

    Banks horse-trade on ringfence fine print

    Some of Britain’s biggest banks are expecting to secure concessions from the regulator over the new ringfencing regime, in...

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  1. August 4, 2014

    Retail banks go digital with gusto

    When Britain’s first telephone bank opened in 1989, it claimed to be from the future. In a television advert marking the...

  2. July 18, 2014

    Santander chief outlines UK growth plans

    Ana Botín, the chief executive of Santander UK, has welcomed the competition inquiry into the banking market, styling the...

  3. July 2, 2014

    Santander UK sets up $100m financial technology fund

    Santander UK is establishing a $100m venture capital fund to invest in financial technology businesses as it seeks to keep...

  4. June 27, 2014

    Challengers step up as big lenders lose their sheen in UK

    Challenger firms are stepping up their assault on the UK banking market as established lenders from Barclays to Wonga become...

  5. June 1, 2014

    UK challenger banks in current accounts push

    The three biggest challengers in the current account market are on track to open at least 2m accounts this year as they step...

  6. May 27, 2014

    TSB float to be steered by consumer expert

    TSB’s flotation will be led by former Oxford physicist and experienced retail banking executive Paul Pester, who has spent...

  7. May 25, 2014

    RBS and Lloyds retreat from London mortgages

    Britain’s two state-backed banks have retreated from lending to the London property market since the financial crisis, in a...

  8. May 16, 2014

    Coalition’s attempts to boost regional growth criticised

    Billions of pounds set aside to boost economic growth in the English regions remain unspent while progress in creating jobs...

  9. May 7, 2014

    Appearing unique is the big test for challenger banks

    The name Kent Reliance oozes respectability. Branding consultants might have picked it out in a crowd as a way to sound...

  10. March 25, 2014

    Santander UK fined £12.4m over poor advice

    Santander UK has been hit with a £12.4m fine – one of the biggest ever retail banking penalties – for providing unsuitable...

  11. 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...

  12. March 13, 2014

    Vettel falls behind in marketing stakes

    Despite dominating Formula 1 for the past four years, Sebastian Vettel trails his rivals in global marketability, according...

  13. January 24, 2014

    Challenger banks face uphill struggle against ‘big four’ lenders

    The arrival of new “challenger” banks in the UK has been met with scepticism ever since the financial crisis. While consumer...

  14. January 23, 2014

    Europe primed for fresh wave of  IPOs

    The surge in European initial public offerings in the second half of last year is set to accelerate, according to new...

  15. January 23, 2014

    Biggest banks join forces to launch lending campaign

    The UK’s biggest banks are joining forces in an attempt to stamp out a widely-held perception they are reluctant to lend....

  16. December 13, 2013

    Week in Review, December 14

    A round-up of some of the week’s most significant corporate events and news stories. EADS to cut 5,800  jobs as part of...

  17. December 11, 2013

    Nathan Bostock move stirs Santander UK speculation

    Nathan Bostock’s appointment to the combined role of chief risk officer and deputy chief executive at Santander UK set hares...

  18. December 11, 2013

    Black horse turns black sheep

    Incentive schemes that are both brutal and lax are sure to produce perverse results. That is what happened at Lloyds Banking...

  19. FT Alphaville

    December 11, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE The Fed’s options: Cardiff runs us through the Fed’s real options for the December...

  20. FT Alphaville

    December 11, 2013

    The 6am London Cut

    Markets: Riskier assets lost favour as the holiday season approaches and investors locked in gains. Equity markets were soft...

  21. December 10, 2013

    Bostock quits RBS for Santander

    Nathan Bostock, the recently appointed finance director of Royal Bank of Scotland, is leaving after 10 weeks in the job,...

  22. October 8, 2013

    Time for a new model of bank for small businesses

    Who will create the millions of jobs needed to make the UK economic recovery sustainable? The answer: Britain’s small and...

  23. September 20, 2013

    RBS set for talks on sale of branches portfolio

    Royal Bank of Scotland is poised to enter exclusive talks to sell a portfolio of branches to private equity groups Corsair...

  24. September 18, 2013

    Santander UK aims to retake ground in mortgages

    Santander UK has laid out plans to reclaim its position as one of the UK’s biggest mortgage lenders after spending the past...

  25. September 13, 2013

    Online peer-to-peer lender eyes LSE listing

    A London-based financial group is aiming to become the first listed company to lend money through online peer-to-peer...

  26. August 28, 2013

    Sceptics question ‘£90bn’ lending boost of relaxing bank rules

    There was confusion on Wednesday night over the extent to which a more lax regulatory stance on UK banks’ liquidity...

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    August 22, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Don’t miss Cardiff’s post on how the supplemental leverage ratio might affect repo...

  28. August 21, 2013

    UK banks face £1.3bn bill over latest mis-selling scandal

    Banks and credit card issuers are facing a bill of up to £1.3bn to compensate victims of the UK financial services...

  29. July 19, 2013

    Santander eyes move into peer-to-peer lending

    Santander UK is planning to break into the rapidly growing peer-to-peer lending market, in a move that risks undermining the...

  30. July 8, 2013

    Student accounts – which should you pick?

    High street banks are working hard to woo prospective students as this academic year comes to an end and would-be...

  31. July 5, 2013

    Lenders raise fixed-rate mortgage deals

    A number of lenders increased the cost of their fixed-rate mortgage deals this week, but experts say the recent price rises...

  32. June 18, 2013

    Carney picks Santander’s Charlotte Hogg for Bank of England post

    Mark Carney, the governor-designate of the Bank of England, has made his first senior appointment, recruiting Charlotte...

  33. June 11, 2013

    Capitalism struggles to balance social value and profit

    Many argue that in order to transform capitalism so it benefits all of society, companies must stop thinking in terms of...

  34. June 11, 2013

    Pressure grows for portable bank accounts

    Bank customers could use their mobile phone numbers as portable account identifications in future as the industry comes...

  35. June 10, 2013

    Companies warned that nepotism can hit bottom line

    The question of workplace nepotism was brought into focus last week after ill-advised comments by the coalition’s social...

  36. May 30, 2013

    Rivals sought for big five banks

    Competition is a word much bandied about in the debate over shaking up UK retail banking. In the years of soul-searching...

  37. May 24, 2013

    Co-operative Bank draws scrutiny as it ends new company loans

    In March the Co-operative Bank quietly hung the “closed to new business” sign over its corporate banking operation. While it...

  38. May 9, 2013

    Newcomer Shawbrook Bank sizes up bigger rivals

    Shawbrook Bank, one of the new entrants to the UK retail banking market, increased lending to small and medium-sized...

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