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Figures undermine Osborne's claims that sale presented a profit for taxpayers

HSBC offers small firms share of $5bn

HSBC will launch a new $5bn (£3.4bn) working capital fund today for small and medium sized businesses around the world to ensure they have access to credit during the current economic crisis.

RBS to delay repossessions for six months

Royal Bank of Scotland announced today that it would give struggling homeowners at least six months before launching repossession action.

Government gets majority stake in RBS as investors shun rights

Government will own 58 per cent of bank in historic day for the sector

Taxpayers to take 57.9% stake in RBS

Taxpayers will take a 57.9 per cent stake in Royal Bank of Scotland after investors snubbed its £15bn share offer, the bank said today.

The mission impossible to keep HBOS independent

Two Scottish grandees hope to borrow from Barack in their bid to keep the bank out of Lloyds' hands. But are they fighting a losing battle? asks Simon Evans

Scottish grandees to press on with HBOS plan

The two Scottish banking grandees trying to scupper Lloyds TSB's takeover of the rival HBOS said yesterday they have no plans to give up, despite the Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Opposition leader David Cameron both agreeing there was no real alternative to the deal.

Top bankers in new attempt to block £6.5bn HBOS deal

Sir Peter Burt and Sir George Matthewson, two of Britain’s top bankers, want to stop the £6.5bn rescue takeover of HBOS by Lloyds TSB. Sir Peter, the former chief executive of Bank of Scotland, and Sir George, ex-chief of the Royal Bank of Scotland, believe HBOS should remain independent. They argue that it is now viable thanks to capital made available by last month’s Treasury bail-out.

HBOS staff on 'champagne break'

Three-hundred senior staff from a bank rescued with billions of pounds of taxpayers' money were treated to a £330,000 champagne break where they laughed at hardup borrowers facing repossession, it was claimed last night.

Investors pump billions into Barclays

Banking giant Barclays today said Middle Eastern investors were pumping up to £7.3 billion into the business.

£76bn boost as London's blue chip shares leap 8pc

London's leading shares index soared to the third biggest rise in its history today.

Taxpayer to be superbank's biggest shareholder

Taxpayers are set to become the biggest shareholders in the combined Lloyds TSB-Halifax Bank of Scotland "superbank".

Barclays in £6.5bn cash call to investors

Barclays said today that it will not turn to the Government for emergency funding as the bank unveiled plans to raise more than £6.5 billion from investors to help shore up its balance sheet.

Savers spread funds to take advantage of protection rules

FSA confirms limit to be raised from £35,000, with accounts held in joint names to receive up to £100,000 in compensation

James Daley: Simplicity could end sleepless nights

If I had been given a tenner every time someone asked me whether their savings were safe over the past few weeks, I'd be well on my way to an early retirement. Friends, family, colleagues, readers – everyone wants to know the answer to the same question: which bank can I rely on?

FTSE nerves jangle on Twitchy Tuesday

A fresh sell-off after last night's rejection of the $700bn (£388bn) bank bail-out sent London's leading shares on a jumpy ride today.

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