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Leading article: Nationalisation of our banks edges ominously closer

The markets will not tolerate many more losses like those of HBOS

All eyes on Lloyds share price as nationalisation fears grow

The Government and its financial regulator sought yesterday to calm fears about the health of Lloyds Banking Group before the start of trading in the embattled bank's shares today.

How Crosby braved the Arrows but then fell on his own sword

As the FSA probed risk-taking at HBOS, the bank's chief was sitting on its board. Richard Northedge charts the events that were to bring him down

Alan Watkins: It's MPs who have questions to answer

Berating bankers fails to discharge the heavy responsibility the Commons bears for this financial crisis

'Never outstay your welcome' was Crosby's motto. A shame he didn't follow his own advice

The financial crisis finally seems to have caught up with Sir James Crosby. As HBOS, the bank he created, came close to collapse last year, Sir James was working on a report about the mortgage market for the Government and was also deputy chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Having quit HBOS a year before the credit crunch began, he had avoided the attacks faced by his young successor, Andy Hornby, and other banking bosses. His standing was so high that when the Government was looking for a new FSA chairman early last year, Sir James was regarded as the front-runner but did not want the job.

James Daley: Bank British, and you can sleep easy

Sixteen months on from the collapse of Northern Rock, the question on everyone's lips is still – where will my money be safe? And as Britain's biggest banks shed billions from their market values this week, it's still not a question to which many people feel they've found the answer.

England 'must be forced to accept Scottish notes'

English shops will be forced to accept Scottish banknotes if Parliament approves a Private Member's Bill launched yesterday.

Hunter faces write-off on HBOS deal to rescue Wyevale

The Scottish entrepreneur Sir Tom Hunter could face his second write-off of a major investment in recent months, as he gears up to complete a debt-for-equity swap deal with HBOS to safeguard the future of the struggling Wyevale Garden Centre.

Jeremy Warner: More write-offs at beleaguered HBOS

Outlook: No wonder Halifax Bank of Scotland has decided not to pass on all of last week's 100 basis-point cut in interest rates. Both margins and balance sheet are continuing to deteriorate at a rate of knots, evidently to the complete surprise of the management, who less than two months ago gave the impression that the worst is now known.

HBOS merger with Lloyds approved as its bad debts soar

Shares fall 23% as bank sounds alarm over its loans

Bank merger legal challenge fails

A last-ditch attempt to block the takeover of Halifax Bank of Scotland (HBOS) by Lloyds TSB was dismissed by a court on Wednesday, clearing the way for HBOS investors to vote on the bank's Government-brokered takeover on Friday.

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