James Moore

James Moore is Deputy Business Editor at The Independent.

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Banks may complain but they have it pretty good

Outlook The banks have been banging on about the inequities of the banking levy ever since George Osborne quite reasonably decided they ought to pay something for the privilege of being underwritten by the taxpayer.

If you want to clean up the City fine individuals rather than institutions

Outlook In fining an individual £75m, the Financial Conduct Authority has not just thrown the book at him. It’s hurled the bookcase, the coffee table and the comfy reading chair too.

FCA fines set to dip below record despite Libor and forex penalties

Last week’s record £284.4m penalty imposed on Barclays for its part in the foreign exchange rate rigging scandal came just weeks after a £226.8m fine on Deutsche Bank

Top FTSE 100 investor: board pay must be in line with workforce

While base salaries often represent a small part of executives’ rewards, most bonus plans are set at a multiple of salary

Publicans: stop moaning and start flipping burgers

Outlook There was a little extra froth on the top of Young’s results, thanks to the pub chain’s move into the burger business. 

Andrew Bailey makes an unlikely witch-finder general

Outlook The Bank of England’s deputy governor Andrew Bailey has once again found himself cast in the role of the man who is destroying banking in Britain. The industry’s witch-finder general is now such a figure of fear, his regime of guilty until proven innocent so harsh, that even the promise of multimillion-pound salary, share and bonus packages aren’t enough to persuade people to take top jobs.

Cosmetic surgery on incentives won’t mean that Tesco does the right thing

Outlook It seems Tesco has taken to following the banking play book. Following a parade of ugly scandals that make Tesco’s mis-stated results look like a minor rounding error, the banks and their regulators came to the conclusion that if you give people an incentive to do the wrong things then they will do the wrong things.

Ombudsman workload bodes ill for customers

Outlook The Financial Ombudsman Service is celebrating its 15th anniversary with the news that it has handled 2.8 million disputes between the industry and its customers since 2001.

We should all have a say on what bankers earn

Outlook Some of the former Downing Street adviser Steve Hilton’s ideas have been wacky, some have been positively dangerous, but he’s had some good ones too. Take his latest: suggesting that top bankers should trade in their seven-figure salaries for the (low) six figures commonly paid to top civil servants.

Can we fix it? Yes, we can – with foreign labour and a better attitude

Outlook Remember all those gaudy promises in the run-up to the election about the number of houses each party planned to build? They’re going to be broken because Bob the Builder’s mates all went to university and there’s a severe shortage of people to do the work.

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