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      UK banks back in favour as scandals abate

      At a gala dinner in the City of London two years ago, one of the UK’s leading investors shocked his audience with what...

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      RBS invites banks to pitch for broking role in share sell-off

      Royal Bank of Scotland is gearing up for the government to start selling its shares in the lender by inviting investment...

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    1. 20 hours ago

      Bank middle management is regulatory ‘blind spot’, says watchdog

      Thousands of middle managers at UK banks fall into a regulatory “blind spot” that threatens to hinder cultural reform, the...

    2. May 28, 2015

      Banks face pushback over surging compliance and regulatory costs

      The world’s biggest banks are coming under increasing pressure to control soaring compliance and regulatory costs, with...

    3. May 28, 2015

      UK banks start lending more to small businesses

      Banks are taking advantage of a Bank of England scheme to lend more to small businesses, after being criticised for not...

    4. May 26, 2015

      Rishi Khosla: pioneer of challenger banking

      Rishi Khosla says he relishes a challenge. That is just as well, as his latest venture, OakNorth, is one of the UK...

    5. May 25, 2015

      UK market review to push for tougher sentences

      A review by UK policy makers is to conclude that the ban on equity-market manipulation should be extended to other areas of...

    6. May 25, 2015

      Global regulators look to UK lead in push to tame market abuse

      Blink and you’d have missed it. In all the kerfuffle over the latest banking scandal — complete with colourful emails...

    7. May 25, 2015

      Taking more care of the growing silver economy

      On a visit home to Britain Robert Hughes, who works in the US, overheard his mother on the phone to a telesales agent. The...

    8. May 22, 2015

      Lloyds taps Oldfield to lead retail bank

      Alison Brittain was already a well-known figure when she arrived at Lloyds to head up its retail bank, having held senior...

    9. May 22, 2015

      Regulator outlines scope of UK banking probe

      The practice of banks cross-selling products to corporate clients is set to be a focus of the UK financial regulator’s probe...

    10. May 22, 2015

      Lenders pour cash into UK property market

      Lending to property companies has jumped sharply as the market’s return to boom conditions and poor returns from other asset...

    11. May 22, 2015

      ‘Challenger’ banks are too similar to main lenders, study says

      New “challenger” banks in the UK are too similar to established high street lenders to provide effective competition, a...

    12. May 21, 2015

      France challenges proposed British exemption to EU banking reform

      France is leading an assault on Britain’s prized carveout protecting its bank structure reforms from being overwritten by an...

    13. May 21, 2015

      Shareholders punished for the sins of the trader

      In Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis’s memoir of working on Wall Street in the 1980s, a novice trader offers this twisted view of...

    14. May 21, 2015

      UK rejects European anti-fraud guidelines

      The UK has rejected a set of European security guidelines designed to safeguard internet payments, fuelling concerns that...

    15. May 21, 2015

      Competition watchdog focuses on bank account switching

      Halfway through its investigation of retail banking, the UK competition watchdog has said barriers to entry are not a big...

    16. May 19, 2015

      HSBC to charge for holding deposits

      HSBC has become one of the biggest global banks to say it will begin charging clients on deposits in a basket of European...

    17. May 19, 2015

      Illegal activity on Wall Street still widespread — says Wall St

      Illegal activity on Wall Street and in the City of London remains widespread, according to those who should know —...

    18. May 19, 2015

      Complaints rise threefold over packaged bank accounts

      Complaints about “packaged” bank accounts shot up almost threefold in the past year, the Financial Ombudsman said, as UK...

    19. May 19, 2015

      Metro Bank strikes deal to lend through P2P site

      Metro Bank has struck a deal to become the first British bank to lend through a peer-to-peer platform, fuelling concerns...

    20. May 18, 2015

      UK banks appoint Sants to lead review of competitiveness

      Sir Hector Sants has been appointed to review the competitiveness of British banks on behalf of the industry, stepping up...

    21. May 18, 2015

      Show real remorse and the bank bashing will soften

      Another month, another fine. Last week it was announced that five of the world’s biggest banks would pay $6bn to settle...

    22. May 18, 2015

      Hacking onslaught tests UK banks’ defences

      A new cyber challenge confronts British banks. It comes from elite hackers, advised by the British security services,...

    23. May 17, 2015

      Lloyds alleged to have ‘artificially distressed’ small business customers

      Lloyds Banking Group “artificially distressed” small business customers after they were “cynically” transferred to a support...

    24. May 15, 2015

      High-frequency trading faces tougher Bank of England scrutiny

      High-frequency trading is to face tougher scrutiny from the Bank of England in an attempt to reduce the risk of shocks to...

    25. May 14, 2015

      Lloyds’ chairman says government could sell out in a year

      The chairman of Lloyds Banking Group says the state-backed lender could be fully returned to private ownership within the...

    26. May 14, 2015

      Rising tide of financial regulation washes over recalcitrant boards

      Nearly half of the world’s biggest financial institutions are still not doing enough at board level to address risk...

    27. May 12, 2015

      Private equity groups cash in on loan growth at new UK banks

      Private equity groups are offloading shares in British “challengers”, cashing in as new banks list on the stock market and...

    28. May 11, 2015

      Bank levy is ripe for reform as lenders cannot be vilified forever

      Chancellor George Osborne is planning another Budget soon, as the UK’s new Conservative administration redoubles its efforts...

    29. May 10, 2015

      HSBC to step up lending to smaller UK businesses

      HSBC will increase lending to small and medium-sized UK businesses by more than 25 per cent to £8bn this year. The bank will...

    30. May 10, 2015

      UK Treasury sells down stake in Lloyds after poll boost

      The UK government has capitalised on a recent rally in Lloyds Banking Group shares to sell down its stake in the bank to...

    31. May 7, 2015

      Banker-bashing makes a comeback in general election campaign

      Banker-bashing is back. The City had thought the worst was over, as a recovering UK economy reduced public anger, but the...

    32. May 6, 2015

      HSBC should seek its future in Hong Kong

      Scottish nationalism figured prominently in the campaign for Thursday’s UK general election. But the first true act of...

    33. May 5, 2015

      Westminster should heed partly political broadcast from HSBC

      Big businesses avoid party politics these days. But that does not stop them being political in the wider sense of the word....

    34. May 5, 2015

      HSBC raises prospect of spinning off UK retail branches

      HSBC has raised the prospect of spinning off its UK retail business after warning that it would be “uncomfortable” if new...

    35. May 5, 2015

      Visa expands UK mobile payments service

      Visa Europe is expanding its so-called “digital wallet” service to make online shopping easier for thousands of people in...

    36. May 3, 2015

      The precarious prospects of London finance

      It was 2006, and the City of London was enjoying an extraordinary surge, capturing market share and kudos from its global...

    37. May 1, 2015

      Lloyds Banking Group: public good

      Assume (and it is a big assumption) that the UK’s Conservative party wins next week’s election and proceeds with its...

    38. May 1, 2015

      Lloyds lifts profit expectations after £660m hit from TSB sale

      Lloyds Banking Group has upgraded its profit expectations after booking £660m in costs for selling off TSB — giving a...

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