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      August 4, 2016

      UK financial stocks mixed after BoE package

      There’s been a mixed response from UK financial stocks since the Bank of England unveiled a large package of stimulus...

    2. July 28, 2016

      The Brexit reckoning: UK plc reports

      UK companies with a combined market value of £500bn reported results yesterday — and revealed stark differences in how...

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    1. July 27, 2016

      UK challenger banks committed to lending despite Brexit

      Challenger bank bosses have shrugged off Brexit concerns and remain committed to their lending practices in spite of...

    2. Fast FT

      July 27, 2016

      FTSE 250 erases post-Brexit losses

      The FTSE 250, the equity index that is more exposed to the state of the UK economy, has recovered all of its steep...

    3. Fast FT

      July 27, 2016

      Shawbrook shrugs off Brexit concerns with 14% profit rise

      UK challenger bank Shawbrook has reported a 14 per cent rise in pre-tax profits in the first half of the year and said...

    4. July 26, 2016

      Virgin Money to delay lending plan for small businesses

      Virgin Money has deferred plans to launch into the small business and unsecured lending markets because of the economic...

    5. Fast FT

      July 26, 2016

      European stocks: BT jumps; BP slips; Drax down in the dumps

      There’s been a flurry of earnings and a long awaited decision on BT and Openreach this morning. Here’s a round up of...

    6. Fast FT

      July 26, 2016

      Virgin Money delays small business lending after Brexit vote

      Virgin Money has deferred plans to launch into the small business and unsecured lending markets following the vote to...

    7. July 5, 2016

      BoE warns of small bank vulnerability post-Brexit

      Small banks and building societies in the UK are vulnerable to a downturn following the Brexit vote because they have...

    8. Fast FT

      July 5, 2016

      Challenger bank shares slump as Aviva freezes fund

      Shares in challenger banks are getting hammered today as a decision by Standard Life, followed by Aviva Investors, to...

    9. June 28, 2016

      Virgin Group cancels deal to buy UK company over Brexit

      Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has called off a deal to buy a UK company employing 3,000 staff, as he warned of the...

    10. Fast FT

      June 28, 2016

      Virgin Group scraps UK deal after Brexit vote

      Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group has called off a deal to buy a UK company employing 3,000 staff, as he warned of the...

    11. June 28, 2016

      Branson unlikely to inspire Remain reboot

      Never mind pension savers and Bulgarian migrants. Plutocrats are the real victims of the Brexit vote, as a TV...

    12. June 27, 2016

      FTSE 250 drop gathers pace

      The slide in the FTSE 250 is picking up pace, taking it down to a 21-month low as property and bank stocks are...

    13. Fast FT

      June 27, 2016

      UK challenger banks slump to record lows

      The challengers are finding it challenging. Banking stocks across Europe are experiencing another day of pain today in...

    14. FT Alphaville

      June 2, 2016

      The foibles of freemium

      City AM has announced plans to turn the commercial model upside down by no longer relying just on journalists to report...

    15. Fast FT

      May 27, 2016

      Lloyds prepares bid for MBNA

      Lloyds Banking Group is hoping to do its first acquisition since the UK lender was rescued by taxpayers in 2009, as it...

    16. May 4, 2016

      Virgin Money reports surge in lending

      Virgin Money has reported a sharp jump in mortgage and credit card lending but warned of a buy-to-let slowdown in the...

    17. March 24, 2016

      Fund houses favour the challenger banks

      Challenger banks are becoming increasingly popular with fund houses, who are increasing their exposure to listed...

    18. March 3, 2016

      First-time buyers: Make the most of Help to Buy Isas

      In the age of austerity, a government offer of “free money” to Isa savers seems not only implausible but somewhat...

    19. March 2, 2016

      Virgin Money: betting the house

      The phrase “safe as houses” may not be literally true — as property busts often show — but houses are the most solid...

    20. March 2, 2016

      Virgin Money targets high street as mortgages drive profit surge

      Virgin Money has revealed it is preparing to launch a current account — putting it in competition with the high street...

    21. Fast FT

      March 2, 2016

      Virgin Money leaps 9.5% as profits soar

      Shares in Virgin Money have jumped as much as 9.5 per cent this morning after the UK challenger bank’s pre-tax profit...

    22. February 29, 2016

      Watchdog deals blow to bank challengers by backing tax on sector

      Challenger banks have been dealt a blow after the UK competition watchdog revealed it was backing George Osborne’s new...

    23. February 14, 2016

      Online P2P lenders eye high street move

      Online peer-to-peer lenders are eyeing moves into physical bricks and mortar as the industry seeks to broaden its...

    24. Fast FT

      January 12, 2016

      Virgin Money snags new CFO from Tesco Bank

      The UK’s challenger banks are nabbing each other’s execs just like the heavier hitters these days, it seems. Virgin...

    25. November 19, 2015

      Virgin Money slips on clampdown worries

      Fears of a clampdown on risky lending put challenger banks such as Virgin Money under pressure on Thursday. Merrill...

    26. November 4, 2015

      UK challenger banks target business loans

      First they took on the mortgage market. Now they are going after business loans. Challenger lenders are poised to enter...

    27. October 18, 2015

      Challenger bank chiefs urge break-up of high street ‘cartel’

      The heads of the UK’s challenger banks are urging the competition watchdog to break the “cartel” of the big high-street...

    28. October 11, 2015

      Get rich quick with UK challenger banks

      The new breed of so-called challenger banks that contest the big, established lenders in the UK banking market can be...

    29. October 7, 2015

      Tesco Bank: value challenge

      Combining a bank with a grocer is not, it turns out, an entirely bad idea. Take Tesco Bank as an example. It says its...

    30. September 11, 2015

      Treasury deaf to UK challenger banks’ pleas on tax surcharge

      Ten of Britain’s smaller banks pleaded with officials for a break from a new “supertax” on the sector on Friday but...

    31. September 9, 2015

      Biggest UK banks drop down customer satisfaction league

      Thousands of bank customers believe the UK’s biggest lenders are failing to improve services. Royal Bank of Scotland,...

    32. August 28, 2015

      Virgin Money chief Jayne-Anne Gadhia targets banks’ ‘oligopoly’

      It was a symbolic moment in British banking. At the City’s annual Mansion House dinner in June, George Osborne singled...

    33. August 21, 2015

      UK challenger banks: en garde!

      How challenging can UK challenger banks really be? Lending conditions are benign, yet government calls to shake up a...

    34. July 28, 2015

      Virgin Money boosted by strong mortgage growth

      Shares in Virgin Money surged on Tuesday after the bank reported a 37 per cent increase in pre-tax profits, but the...

    35. July 25, 2015

      UK lenders sign up for first-time buyer Isa

      Six of the UK’s largest lenders have signed up for the government’s latest scheme to subsidise home ownership,...

    36. July 8, 2015

      Smaller banks hit by Budget double blow

      Challenger banks such as Virgin Money were the sharpest fallers on Wednesday after the UK Budget dealt them a double...

    37. June 9, 2015

      Never mind the balance . . . here’s the new Virgin credit card

      Virgin Money has launched a range of Sex Pistols-themed credit cards, in a publicity stunt designed to put two fingers...

    38. June 7, 2015

      Challenger banks need helping hand to take on UK’s Big Five

      It is one of the paradoxes of the financial crisis. A cataclysm that showed the perils of “too big to fail” banks led...

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