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  1. August 18, 2014

    Banks face grilling over business lending scheme

    Government officials are planning to discuss allegations of abuse of a lending support programme at meetings with banks in...

  2. August 15, 2014

    Crackdown on ‘misleading’ promotions

    The City regulator has opened more than 200 cases regarding promotions for consumer credit products that fail to meet its...

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  1. August 15, 2014

    Challenger banks on the charge

    The UK market should be fertile ground for challenger banks. Regulators have eased requirements for new lenders; competition...

  2. August 14, 2014

    Banks horse-trade on ringfence fine print

    Some of Britain’s biggest banks are expecting to secure concessions from the regulator over the new ringfencing regime, in...

  3. August 8, 2014

    Rise in bankruptcy debt threshold recommended

    The minimum debt threshold that can trigger bankruptcy proceedings should be raised to help more people extricate themselves...

  4. August 7, 2014

    ‘No more bank bailouts’ cannot be an empty slogan

    Sometimes it is hard to state the obvious. Your spouse’s middle-aged bulge. Your boss’s bad breath. You are aware of it but...

  5. August 7, 2014

    Complicated banks face complex rules

    Six years after the global financial crisis the tolerance of the public and politicians for bankers moaning about their lot...

  6. August 7, 2014

    StanChart’s Jaspal Bindra says banks treated ‘like a criminal’

    A top executive at Standard Chartered has complained that regulators are treating banks like criminals for lapses, in an...

  7. August 6, 2014

    UK banks must give facts on regulatory burden, says Andrew Tyrie

    Bankers complaining about the burden of regulation need to produce detailed figures quantifying the cost to their companies...

  8. August 5, 2014

    George Osborne to reveal shake-up of SME loans

    Banks that reject loan applications from small and medium-sized companies will be forced to refer them online to other...

  9. August 3, 2014

    Keydata founder threatens UK regulator for £371m

    The founder of the Keydata, the collapsed investment company, is threatening to sue the UK’s financial regulator for £371m,...

  10. August 1, 2014

    Funds in flux: are investors getting a better deal?

    When Edward Bonham Carter first joined the City of London in 1982, starched collars, expensive silk ties and lace-up leather...

  11. August 1, 2014

    The Long View: Unsettling creep of policy into price-setting

    This week’s market wobble has been significant mostly for how much attention has been paid to such a small drop in prices....

  12. July 25, 2014

    Vincent Tchenguiz strikes SFO deal

    Vincent Tchenguiz, the property entrepreneur, has accepted a £3m settlement from the UK’s Serious Fraud Office ahead of an...

  13. July 25, 2014

    Car insurers raise ‘administration’ fees

    Premiums for car insurance continue to fall but insurers are recouping revenue by sharply increasing “sneaky” administration...

  14. July 25, 2014

    UK intends to charge former Alstom employees with corruption

    Several former employees of Alstom, the French industrial champion that is the subject of a successful €12.35bn bid from...

  15. July 25, 2014

    Escaping poor cash savings rates

    I am risk-averse and retain my non-pensions savings in a cash Isa, the value of which has been eroded over the past five...

  16. July 24, 2014

    Bank provisions: be prepared

    Masters of the Universe? No. In future bankers will have to be more like scouts with their promise to “be prepared”. New...

  17. July 24, 2014

    London banks and brokers face research business shake-up

    The City of London’s biggest brokers are contemplating far-reaching changes to their business models ahead of proposed rule...

  18. July 20, 2014

    Insurers ‘dispute half of business claims’

    Insurers dispute almost half of claims made by businesses and typically take three years to reach settlements, according to...

  19. July 18, 2014

    Probe could kill off free banking, say UK lenders

    Britain’s biggest lenders have given warning that tough measures to boost competition could spell the end of free banking,...

  20. July 18, 2014

    What a €360 tyre tells me about investing

    I am an idiot. But assuming you have not yet gone on holiday in Europe this year I would like to help you be less of an...

  21. July 17, 2014

    UK financial watchdog warns more fines are in the pipeline

    Britain’s financial watchdog has warned an industry struggling to move on from a series of high profile consumer scandals to...

  22. July 16, 2014

    Insurance price comparison websites ‘failing’, says FCA regulator

    Price comparison websites are increasing the risk of consumers buying inappropriate insurance cover by not providing vital...

  23. July 15, 2014

    Banks look to replace payday lenders

    Some of Britain’s biggest banks are examining ways to launch payday-style loans as a new cap on the cost of credit is...

  24. July 14, 2014

    Wonga’s new chairman scraps advertising puppets amid review

    The newly appointed chairman of Wonga has moved to clean up the business, dropping advertising that might encourage young...

  25. July 13, 2014

    Watchdog set to unveil details of cap on UK payday loan charges

    Details of a shake-up of Britain’s payday lending will be announced as soon as this week as the country’s financial watchdog...

  26. July 10, 2014

    Bank of England considers impact on system of misconduct fines

    The Bank of England is assessing how banks will cope with further big fines for misconduct, amid concern that ever larger...

  27. July 9, 2014

    Banks face full-scale competition inquiry

    Britain’s high-street banks are braced for the publication of a preliminary investigation into competition in the industry,...

  28. July 9, 2014

    Financial Conduct Authority sets sights on high-frequency traders

    High-frequency traders and the practices they use to get a jump on other investors are firmly in the sights of the UK...

  29. July 8, 2014

    Savers earn poor returns on bank accounts, warns UK regulator

    Savers are earning poorer returns than necessary from their bank accounts, with established customers in particular losing...

  30. July 7, 2014

    Banks ‘use funds of funds to boost profits’

    Several banks and asset managers are stuffing “funds of funds” with cheap in-house investments to boost profits instead of...

  31. July 7, 2014

    More than 30 new UK banks could open under looser regulations

    More than 30 new banks could open in the UK as a loosening of regulation and an accelerated approvals process encourages...

  32. July 7, 2014

    UK regulator warns banks on mortgage capital levels

    British banks have been warned that they may face new rules preventing them from using very low risk weights when they...

  33. July 4, 2014

    Make the most of a £15,000 Nisa

    Looking for investment ideas for your new expanded Isa allowance? Last week we looked at ways to invest £15,000 using only...

  34. July 3, 2014

    Wonga’s investors await an uncertain payday

    These are worrying times for Wonga. The contentious British payday lender has swept all before it in the past few years...

  35. July 2, 2014

    City lawyers told Scots’ Yes vote would bring ‘tsunami of work’

    Scottish independence would generate a decade’s worth of work for City lawyers, according to the man representing them, as...

  36. July 1, 2014

    BoE splits emerge over way to curb risky borrowing

    Internal differences have emerged within the Bank of England’s stability committee over the best way to curb risky...

  37. July 1, 2014

    New payday loan rules come into force

    Payday lenders face new restrictions on extending customers’ loans and raiding their bank accounts as the regulator...

  38. July 1, 2014

    Call for pensions consultants to be regulated

    The Law Commission has urged the UK government to consider regulating pensions consultants as concern grows over the power...

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