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    1. December 7, 2014

      PayPal poses bigger threat to UK lenders than ‘challenger’ banks

      The UK’s biggest high street lenders face a greater threat of losing customers to PayPal than to new “challenger” banks or...

    2. December 2, 2014

      Should you accept UK government’s Pibs tender offer?

      UK Asset Resolution is offering to buy out holders of three “perpetual subordinated bonds” issued by failed banks Northern...

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    1. November 13, 2014

      Branson makes £70m as Virgin Money floats

      The UK Treasury and Sir Richard Branson were two of the biggest beneficiaries from Virgin Money’s £1.25bn flotation on the...

    2. November 13, 2014

      Challenger banks will wind up feeling challenged themselves

      Former boxer Terry Malloy claimed he “coulda binna contender” in the gritty movie On The Waterfront. Ex-contender status may...

    3. November 13, 2014

      Virgin Money float values bank at £1.25bn

      Virgin Money has priced its forthcoming initial public offering at 283p a share, which would give it a market capitalisation...

    4. November 5, 2014

      Virgin Money lowers IPO valuation

      Virgin Money has been forced to lower its valuation for its revived initial public offering as it seeks to float on the...

    5. November 4, 2014

      Virgin Money presses ahead with initial public offering

      Virgin Money is to press ahead with an initial public offering by the end of the month after postponing its planned London...

    6. November 3, 2014

      Bidvest ditches London listing

      Bidvest, one of South Africa’s largest conglomerates, has ruled out listing its food services business in London, two months...

    7. October 27, 2014

      Niche financial firms to test waters with Aim flotations

      Two UK niche financial services firms are braving the choppy stock market with initial public offerings that they hope will...

    8. October 18, 2014

      Mortgage rates set to fall further

      Interest rates on fixed-term mortgages are nearing record lows as plummeting swap rates heighten competition among lenders....

    9. October 17, 2014

      Virgin Money pulls out of London listing

      Virgin Money has pulled out of listing on the stock market this month, days after another “challenger” bank Aldermore...

    10. October 8, 2014

      UK banks: every underdog has its day

      Could anything be more British than this? A chance to back the plucky underdog against the big, established powers that be....

    11. October 7, 2014

      Ways to foster enterprise and ambition in young British minds

      Like policemen, entrepreneurs seem to be getting younger. No longer is entrepreneurship exclusively the domain of MBA...

    12. October 7, 2014

      Naked Wines boss has the angels on his side

      “The world was a crazy place. Lehman’s had just gone bust, it looked as though the world was about to end and it was...

    13. October 2, 2014

      When lender is Wonga no longer, moral ambiguity will relocate

      Andy Haste, group chairman and chief disinfectant of Wonga, has dumped the geriatric puppets that advertised the payday...

    14. October 2, 2014

      Virgin Money seeks to raise £150m with IPO

      Virgin Money has become the latest small British bank to announce plans for an initial public offering, seeking to raise...

    15. September 19, 2014

      Six years for five from Virgin

      Virgin Money reinforced a wave of competition in the mortgage market this week with the launch of a six-year fixed-rate...

    16. September 12, 2014

      Veteran untainted by banking crisis

      Barclays’ management shift For evidence of how hard it is to find people to run a big bank nowadays look no further than...

    17. FT Alphaville

      September 12, 2014

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Known unknowns in the Scottish referendum polls: The spread between the yes and the no...

    18. September 12, 2014

      Virgin Money boosts board amid IPO preparation

      Virgin Money has bolstered its board and posted a surge in first-half growth as it prepares to become the latest UK...

    19. August 8, 2014

      Homebuyers urged to lock in ‘summer sizzlers’

      Mortgage brokers are urging homebuyers to take advantage of a spate of summer deals ahead of an expected base rate rise by...

    20. August 1, 2014

      Lenders cut mortgage interest rates

      Mortgage lenders are cutting rates to take advantage of a dip in funding costs, ahead of an imminent rise in interest rates....

    21. July 18, 2014

      Investing in wine? A mug’s game, says Rowan Gormley, Naked Wines

      Rowan Gormley, 51, launched Naked Wines, the crowdfunded online wine retailer, in December 2008. The company is based in...

    22. June 27, 2014

      More cash Isa providers raise rates

      Barclays has launched a new flexible cash individual savings account (Isa) offering a fixed rate for two years but with the...

    23. June 20, 2014

      Virgin bucks trend by boosting savings rates

      Virgin Money has launched a new range of savings products and increased rates on individual savings accounts (Isas), bucking...

    24. June 4, 2014

      OneSavings feels cooling IPO climate

      A British bank owned by US private equity investor Christopher Flowers has priced its shares at the bottom of its range,...

    25. June 4, 2014

      Shawbrook Bank charts £16.8m profit and eyes flotation

      Shawbrook Bank, which was created in 2011 as one of the new entrants to the UK banking market, broke into profit last year,...

    26. 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...

    27. May 27, 2014

      Banks will have to make canny choices if Scotland votes ‘yes’

      The Scots have a valuable reputation for prudence. The Trustee Savings Bank was talking up its roots as a 19th-century...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. March 18, 2014

      ‘Challenger banks’ in UK tap into revival of investor interest

      The financial crisis is starting to seem a long time ago. It has faded so much in some investors’ memories that many are...

    32. 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...

    33. March 14, 2014

      Virgin unveils new buy-to-let mortgages

      Virgin Money has launched a range of mortgages for landlords with a 25 per cent deposit. The lender has increased the...

    34. March 4, 2014

      Virgin Money swings into profit

      Virgin Money, which acquired part of bailed-out lender Northern Rock in January 2012, moved into profit in 2013 and expanded...

    35. 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...

    36. January 13, 2014

      Post Office extends bank services

      The Post Office has tripled the number of branches offering current accounts as it moves to the next phase of its plan to...

    37. December 12, 2013

      Cynicism is the best defence against banks’ mis-selling

      “The management has hard-working and persuasive salesmen out, digging into new territory all over. They call on people and...

    38. November 8, 2013

      Lenders target buy-to-let landlords

      Landlords have an increasing number of cheap mortgage options as more lenders look to target the rapidly growing private...

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