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No time should be wasted asking them to reform – just do it

Barclays rubbishes rumours of RBS-style rights issue

Barclays Bank has ridiculed suggestions that it is planning an imminent rights issue, as it attempts to draw a clear line between its own position and that of Royal Bank of Scotland.

Bertie Smalls: Armed robber turned supergrass

Bertie Smalls was one of Britain's most prolific armed robbers who, through an act of self-preservation, succeeded in changing the way in which the British police dealt with serious crime. After many years as a professional criminal, he helped create a legal precedent by giving up the cream of London's armed robbers in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

Identity fraudster steals £10,000 from Barclays boss

When Marcus Agius was appointed as the £800,000-a-year chairman of Barclays Bank, he was lauded for his ability to pull off financial coups. It is unlikely that falling foul of a conman who persuaded Britain's third biggest bank to issue a credit card in his name and then stole £10,000 is the sort of spectacular deal that Mr Agius had in mind.

Barclays faces call for City inquiry over German bank's losses

Barclays Bank is set to become the subject of an official complaint to the main City regulator after investors lost hundreds of millions of pounds on controversial credit derivatives sold by the bank just as the dot.com bubble began to burst.

Barclays Bank shuts down BNP accounts

Barclays Bank has closed accounts used by the British National Party after a BBC documentary showed followers of the right-wing group confessing to racist hate crime.

The Player: Banking on people to win

PERSONAL DETAILS: Aged 56. Lives in London during the week and Northamptonshire at weekends. Drives a BMW 7-Series. Outside work, his interests include music and theatre. He has played the violin since school and is a non-executive director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a trustee of the Royal Theatre, Northampton. Mr Ellwood was paid a total of pounds 739,000 in 1998, including a salary of pounds 475,000.

Barclays shares rise on upbeat trading report

SHARES IN Barclays Bank rose sharply yesterday after the first trading statement since the appointment of Matthew Barrett as chief executive showed tight cost control and continued growth in fee and commission income.

Leading Article: The greedy banks must not exclude the poor

BARCLAYS BANK would like to charge a pounds 1 fee to customers of other banks who use Barclays' automated teller machines to take cash out of their accounts. There is a Yiddish word for this sort of effrontery: chutzpah. First the banks take our money to swell their ability to make loans, then they charge us for access to it.

Byers may halt cash machine charges

THE GOVERNMENT threatened to intervene yesterday to stop high street banks and building societies charging customers pounds 1 for every cash withdrawal from rivals' machines.

Smart Moves: Talk to your client without the gimmicks

Exhibitions can be an excellent and economic way of promoting your products and your business. The key objective is not usually to close sales but to identify sales leads that can be followed up later.

Personal Finance: The cashpoint war continues apace

When Barclays took the lid off Pandora's box it did us a favour; it exposed a network of greedy charges

Nationwide is to sue Barclays over charges

THE NATIONWIDE Building Society threatened to sue Barclays Bank yesterday over its plans to charge millions of customers from rival banks a pounds 1 fee for using its 3,200 cash machines.

Taylor named as chairman at WHS

MARTIN TAYLOR, who quit as chief executive of Barclays Bank last year, began his corporate comeback yesterday when he was named as non- executive chairman of high street retailer WH Smith.

Barclays faces $100m Iridium hit

BARCLAYS BANK is facing a potential exposure of $100m (pounds 62m) following the collapse of Iridium, the satellite telephone venture that filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US last week.

Which Way 99: student file: leading the way

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