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  1. April 15, 2014

    Business hits ‘brick wall’ in talks on UK banking ring fence

    Business representatives warned on Tuesday they were hitting a “brick wall” in discussions with the government over the...

  2. December 16, 2013

    Architects of banking reform believe job is only half-finished

    It is meant to be the definitive legislative answer to the UK banking crash and City scandals such as rigging the London...

  1. December 10, 2013

    MPs set to approve bank reforms after Osborne makes concessions

    Legislation to make banks safer and improve corporate governance is expected to be finally signed off by MPs on Wednesday,...

  2. December 8, 2013

    HSBC prepares to leap the Vickers ringfence

    Sir John Vickers has largely disappeared from view since publishing the final report of his Independent Commission on...

  3. September 8, 2013

    Vickers calls for doubling of bank capital levels

    The chief architect of Britain’s post-crisis regulatory reforms believes banks’ capital levels should be at least twice as...

  4. The A-List

    February 6, 2013

    The missing word in Osborne's banking reform plan

    The speech this week by Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer on the “Reform of Banking” delivered a clear and forceful...

  5. February 4, 2013

    Q&A: Osborne’s banking reforms

    Four years after the financial crisis of 2008, George Osborne, chancellor, has announced his Banking Reform Bill. WHAT ARE...

  6. January 28, 2013

    RBS bonuses spell trouble for Osborne

    George Osborne has never believed that the taxpayer should be in the business of owning banks. February will provide yet...

  7. January 27, 2013

    Electrify the banking ringfence

    The UK government will shortly publish its Banking Reform Bill, giving effect to the recommendations of the Independent...

  8. December 26, 2012

    MPs back forced separation of banks

    A large majority of MPs think British banks should be forced to separate investment banking and high-street operations,...

  9. December 21, 2012

    Plan to electrify bank ringfence welcomed

    Sir John Vickers, author of a plan to shake up British banking, has welcomed a report by senior MPs and peers to “electrify”...

  10. December 4, 2012

    Fed eyes more long-term debt for banks

    US bank regulators are examining proposals to force the largest and most complex financial institutions to fund themselves...

  11. November 21, 2012

    Bookies decide BoE race is over

    Paul Tucker has been unofficially campaigning to become Bank of England governor for the past two years. In recent weeks,...

  12. November 21, 2012

    Osborne warns against bank bill rethink

    George Osborne has urged the banking standards commission not to unpick government proposals to ringfence riskier parts of...

  13. November 15, 2012

    The right man for the Old Lady

    There are few more important tasks facing George Osborne than the selection of the next governor of the Bank of England....

  14. November 14, 2012

    Outsider makes her pitch to take BoE role

    Sharon Bowles is the outsider in the contest to be Bank of England governor and very proud of it. Should the shortlisted MEP...

  15. November 13, 2012

    Regulator proposes bank insurance funds

    Preventing global banks from blowing themselves up may well prove impossible, so regulators should consider taxing banks to...

  16. November 12, 2012

    MPs consider threat to break up banks

    Parliament is considering whether to use the threat of full separation of investment and retail banking to ensure the...

  17. November 5, 2012

    Banks plea for right to sell derivatives

    Three of the UK’s biggest banks have told MPs they should be allowed to sell simple derivative products from within their...

  18. October 29, 2012

    Bank ringfencing too hard, says John Kay

    John Kay, the leading economist and professor who produced a far-reaching review of the markets in the summer, warned on...

  19. October 25, 2012

    Banking’s ‘golden age’ is a myth

    In times of crisis, there is a well-known tendency to seek solutions in the past because things seemed to be better then....

  20. October 18, 2012

    Split the difference

    This week Paul Volcker, grand old man of central banking, gently criticised the policy of ringfencing banks’ retail...

  21. October 12, 2012

    Ministers hesitate on diluting bank reform

    The government has shown renewed caution over plans to water down a key proposal on banking reform, in light of a recent...

  22. FT Alphaville

    October 12, 2012

    Turner's cover letter

    FSA chief, Lord Turner, gave a *cough* wide ranging speech last night in the City. From the FT: Although the FSA chairman...

  23. October 11, 2012

    Turner urges bold action for growth

    Britain needs leaders willing to tear up the rule book for both monetary policy and bank regulation to combat the aftermath...

  24. October 8, 2012

    Financial stalwarts line up to lead BoE

    The deadline for aspirants to what is arguably the most powerful central bank governorship in the world passed on Monday,...

  25. Westminster Blog

    August 15, 2012

    Banks wary of Lib Dem maneouvres

      Sir John Vickers I revealed in this morning’s FT that Nick Clegg and Vince Cable want to reopen talks on how to put the...

  26. July 4, 2012

    Osborne under pressure on banks

    George Osborne is under mounting pressure to force British banks fully to split their investment arms from retail banking...

  27. Martin Wolf's Exchange

    July 2, 2012

    Banking reforms after the Libor scandal

    On June 14 2012, I wrote a column [Two cheers for Britain’s bank reform plans] on the government’s plans to implement the...

  28. June 29, 2012

    Osborne urged to toughen banking reform

    George Osborne is facing pressure to toughen up draft laws to quarantine risky investment banking from high street banking,...

  29. June 14, 2012

    Two cheers for Britain’s bank reform plans

    How well is the government planning to implement the proposals of the Independent Commission on Banking, chaired by Sir John...

  30. June 14, 2012

    Vickers says bank reforms are too soft

    The government has been accused of watering down a number of key proposals on banking reform just as the crisis afflicting...

  31. June 13, 2012

    Osborne to adopt Vickers reforms

    The chancellor is to vow to stop problems created by the financial services industry from threatening ordinary taxpayers as...

  32. June 10, 2012

    Banks to win ground on Vickers plan

    The UK’s biggest banks are expected to win a potentially crucial concession for their small business operations as the...

  33. May 29, 2012

    JPMorgan offers warning for ringfencing

    Sir John Vickers popped up in Brussels on Friday. After keeping his head down as an Oxford academic for the past six months,...

  34. FT Alphaville

    April 30, 2012

    What are the odds of a former Goldmanite getting the BofE governor job?

    The race for Mervyn King’s job is hotting up — months before it’s even officially advertised — as rumours circulate that a...

  35. April 26, 2012

    The BoE needs neither a bureaucrat nor a dictator

    We are told the process of selecting a new governor of the Bank of England to succeed Sir Mervyn King, who retires in...

  36. April 18, 2012

    Old Lady flirts with a foreigner

    News that Mark Carney, governor of Canada’s central bank, has been informally approached to be a candidate to replace Sir...

  37. March 15, 2012

    New watchdog to monitor competition law

    There will be a new watchdog on the block by 2014. Legal experts are divided over whether it will live up to the...

  38. February 16, 2012

    OFT threatens UK banks with forced break-up

    UK banks face the threat of forced break-up unless they take significant steps to improve competition and transparency for...

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