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  1. FT Alphaville

    September 4, 2013

    A peek into the swaps swamp

    First up, consider this comic flow chart from the FCA. Click to enlarge. Yes, of the 30,169 cases of potential mis-selling...

  2. September 1, 2013

    The Academic Week Ahead: Sept 2 – 8

    Monday – September 2 Study business strategy online The University of Virginia Darden School of Business launches another...

  1. May 15, 2013

    Lombard: HSBC’s 14-pointer plan could leave it dodging bullets

    Healthy stags grow big antlers to demonstrate their ability to accumulate more energy than they need purely to survive. A...

  2. May 13, 2013

    HSBC and Standard Chartered drag but FTSE edges up

    HSBC and Standard Chartered dragged on the London market on Monday, even as the FTSE 100 edged to its eighth straight gain....

  3. March 12, 2013

    Petrofac rises on Kuwait and Russia hopes

    Contract hopes buoyed Petrofac as the FTSE 100 inched to a fourth straight gain. The oil services engineer rallied 4.1 per...

  4. March 1, 2013

    Support services boost FTSE

    Support services stocks extended a strong start to 2013 by outperforming the FTSE 100 with outsourcer Capita and credit...

  5. February 12, 2013

    Crackdown on tax trickery a fiddly task

    Neo-conservative dogmatists once theorised that multinational businesses were superseding governments as a power in the...

  6. October 23, 2012

    RBS quizzed over sale of US division

    The agency in charge of the UK government’s stake in Royal Bank of Scotland has quizzed the bank’s board about the potential...

  7. August 9, 2012

    FTSE 100 closes in on year’s peak

    Wide-ranging broker comment on UK banks caught investors’ interest as modest gains took the FTSE 100 nearer its year high....

  8. July 26, 2012

    Lloyds looks beyond PPI and Libor

    António Horta-Osório, chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group, is in a strong position to argue that bank behaviour needs to...

  9. May 28, 2012

    Pru’s uninspired hire faces tough task

    Paul Manduca, the non-executive director who at one point led Prudential’s search for a chairman, is to take the job...

  10. April 30, 2012

    SSE has wind taken out of its sails

    Debt concerns left SSE among the fallers yesterday as the FTSE 100 drifted to its second consecutive monthly loss....

  11. April 11, 2012

    BT bruised but brake put on FTSE losses

    BT was the biggest faller on the FTSE 100 following a broker downgrade on Wednesday as the index recovered from the previous...

  12. March 17, 2012

    Tax income by logistic sigmoid curve

    From Mr Ian Gordon. Sir, Speaking as a mathematician, I have to argue (or perhaps nit-pick) with Jason Streets’ description...

  13. November 11, 2011

    UK domestic banks offer good reasons for cheer

    As the dust settles on the third-quarter reporting season, what have investors learnt about the UK banking sector? Have its...

  14. FT Alphaville

    November 3, 2011

    Climb on the Headless Horse

    Its CEO is exhausted and has been packed off to the sanatorium, the interim boss has his mind on other things, a large...

  15. beyondbrics

    November 2, 2011

    StanChart: feeling the chill

    embed1 The global chill in the banking industry is finally getting to Standard Chartered Bank. With its operations dominated...

  16. FT Alphaville

    October 21, 2011

    It's not the banks, it's the bankers, cont'd

    Good news: pay to bankers is falling. Bad news: having wiped out the shareholders, they’re still eating all the pies. Morgan...

  17. FT Alphaville

    October 14, 2011

    You're all wrong (on RBS)

    A headline like that can only mean one thing — another rant from Europe’s Dick Bove. In Friday’s note, Evolution’s Ian...

  18. October 13, 2011

    Banks drive London losses after Fitch cuts ratings

    Banks led the first significant losses for London stocks in eight sessions after Fitch downgraded UK state-supported...

  19. FT Alphaville

    October 11, 2011

    Britain's Dick Bove

    Ian Gordon is fast becoming the UK’s answer to Dick ‘I ♥ banks’ Bove. Last week, the Evolution Securities analyst and bank...

  20. February 21, 2011

    Banks weigh on London losses

    Banks were the FTSE 100’s main drag with HSBC among those under pressure after Exane BNP Paribas recommended selling before...

  21. January 17, 2011

    Potential boardroom changes send Lloyds lower

    Lloyds Banking Group was a faller on Monday as the FTSE 100 slipped for a third consecutive day. Shares in Lloyds weakened...

  22. January 8, 2011

    Commuting won’t kill whingeing MPs

    From Mr Ian Gordon. Sir, You report (January 6) that MPs are upset at the idea that they should commute up to an hour into...

  23. July 31, 2010

    The banking resurgence that could yet lead to a fall

    Profits up, bad loans down and a new ‘competitor’ in Metro Bank that will boast just two branches by the end of the year –...

  24. June 18, 2010

    Banks' gains help Footsie notch up seventh day of rises

    A seventh successive rise yesterday lifted the FTSE 100 to its highest level in a month, with bank stocks among the biggest...

  25. June 17, 2010

    Footsie notches up seventh day of rises

    A seventh successive rise on Thursday lifted the FTSE 100 to its highest level in a month, with bank stocks among the...

  26. May 29, 2010

    Dearth of deposits threatens lending

    Savers shunned the banks in April, as very low rates on deposits made it more attractive to repay mortgage loans than to...

  27. May 28, 2010

    Dearth of deposits threatens lending

    Savers shunned the banks in April, as very low rates on deposits made it more attractive to repay mortgage loans than to...

  28. February 9, 2010

    Lloyds tumbles to seven-month low before equity issue

    Lloyds Banking Group missed out on a London market rally yesterday, with the stock sliding to a seven-month low.Lloyds...

  29. February 8, 2010

    Lloyds falls to seven-month low ahead of equity issue

    Lloyds Banking Group missed out on a London market rally on Monday, with the stock sliding to a seven-month low. Lloyds...

  30. January 7, 2010

    Footsie at 16-month high amid strength in miners and banks

    Royal Bank of Scotland continued its stellar run yesterday, helping the FTSE 100 edge to its fourth straight gain. RBS took...

  31. January 6, 2010

    Footsie at 16-month high

    Royal Bank of Scotland continued its stellar run on Wednesday, helping the FTSE 100 edge to its fourth straight gain. RBS...

  32. January 5, 2010

    RBS shows the way as Footsie rises to a 16-month high

    Royal Bank of Scotland led the way as the FTSE 100 hit a 16-month high on the first trading day of the year. RBS, the worst...

  33. January 4, 2010

    RBS shows way as Footsie hits 16-month high

    Royal Bank of Scotland led the way as the FTSE 100 hit a 16-month high on the first trading day of the year. RBS, the worst...

  34. June 8, 2009

    Lloyds repays £2.3bn to UK Treasury

    Lloyds Banking Group has repaid £2.3bn ($3.7bn) to the UK Treasury after strong support for its open offer and placing which...

  35. March 30, 2009

    Great Lengths

    Great Lengths: The Historic Indoor Swimming Pools of Britain By Ian Gordon and Simon Inglis English Heritage £19.99 292...

  36. February 17, 2009

    Questions hang over Lloyds' capital position

    Reassuring words from the prime minister's office yesterday helped stem some of the panic selling of shares in Lloyds...

  37. February 16, 2009

    Questions hang over Lloyds’ capital position

    Reassuring words from the prime minister’s office on Monday helped stem some of the panic selling of shares in Lloyds...

  38. January 12, 2009

    Big paper losses for state over rescues

    The government is currently sitting on £5.4bn of paper losses from its stakes in Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB and...

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