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James Crosby during a Treasury Select Committee meeting

Former HBOS chief executive Sir James Crosby sold off shares in bank on the eve of crash

Ex-HBOS chief admits selling two-thirds of holding in two years before near-collapse

HBOS ex-chiefs admit taking too much risk before bailout

Two former bosses of HBOS, the bank which had to be bailed out by the government and taken over by Lloyds at the height of the financial crisis, today admitted that it had taken greater risks than it should.

David Cameron speaking in Portadown yesterday

Northern Ireland’s open for business, says Cameron (as he trumpets G8 talks at golf course that went bust last year with debts of £26m)

A five-star golf resort in Northern Ireland that has been in administration for over 18 months  with debts of £26 million, and regarded as a high-profile example of the worst excesses of Ireland’s banking crisis, will play host next year to eight of the world’s richest nations.

FSA fines Bank of Scotland over IT troubles

Halifax customers missed compensation – but 23,000 got a total £20m in error

Hamish McRae: Economics and the Scots' referendum

So Scotland gets its referendum on independence. The general perception is that the debate will now switch to the economics of it all. It is a perception given a certain spice by an opinion poll suggesting that if Scots felt they would be £500 a year a head better off they would vote in favour, and if the same amount worse off they would vote against.

Lloyds' banking systems failure hits 22m retail customers

Some 22m retail customers of Britain's biggest banking group faced chaos today when Lloyds' banking systems failed.

PPI complaints soar to 2.2 million

Finance firms attracted nearly 20,000 complaints a day in the first six months of 2102 as the massive backlash against Britain’s banks continued.

Scrap ATM limits, banks told

Two banks partly owned by the state have been urged by MPs to drop restrictions on customers with basic bank accounts using cash machines run by other banks or third parties.

Lloyds warns of banking 'crisis' after further PPI hit

Lloyds Banking Group set aside another £700m to deal with compensation claims for mis-selling insurance products yesterday, while the chief executive admitted the industry is in deep crisis.

Lloyds chief admits industry is in deep crisis

Lloyds banking Group set aside another £700m to deal with compensation claims for mis-selling insurance products yesterday, while the chief executive admitted the industry is in deep crisis.

Risk was a great patron of the arts. He once said that if he had a hero, it would be Lorenzo de' Medici

Sir Thomas Risk: Governer of the Bank of Sotland hailed for his integrity and rectitude

At a time when the reputation of bankers is even lower than that of politicians, it is appropriate to remember Sir Thomas Risk, Governor of the Bank of Scotland from 1981 to 1991, as a professional of impeccable integrity and an acute sense of rectitude.

Police charge Bristol mansion squatters

Five people have been charged today following a disturbance at a multimillion-pound mansion occupied by squatters.

Judgement day at last for the bankers

HBOS executives blamed for reckless lending face action

Bank of Scotland 'guilty of serious misconduct'

Bank of Scotland was guilty of "very serious misconduct" which contributed to the taxpayer bailout of its parent company HBOS, the City watchdog said today.

The banking giant reported a better-than-expected increase in profits today

Barclays tops PPI complaints list

Barclays was the most complained-about bank in the last six months of 2011, according to the financial ombudsman, with nearly 12,000 cases brought by consumers.

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