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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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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

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Design Council's 70th anniversary

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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links