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Saturday 19 March 2011
A new tome from the former Financial Times editor Sir Geoffrey Owen makes fascinating reading. Evolution or Revolution charts the way in which company boards have changed over the past 50 years. Sir Geoffrey highlights the case of Barclays Bank, which had more than 40 directors at one stage during the 1960s. It's now down to 13, including only two executive directors. A good job too, one might say, given the prices those executives charge the bank for their services.
Friday 11 March 2011
Lord Patten told MPs yesterday that if he was confirmed as the new chairman of the BBC he would expect to be unpopular – and predicted that "there will be all hell let loose" as the corporation is forced to cut spending on programming.
Wednesday 02 March 2011
Barclays Bank is buying the British credit card assets of the online lender Egg from Citigroup to boost its retail banking business. The deal, agreed for an undisclosed sum, will give Barclays 1.15 million credit card accounts with about £2.3bn of outstanding balances.
Tuesday 22 February 2011
The uprising in Bahrain may have more serious implications for the US than they care to acknowledge. The replacement of a longstanding ally by a populist regime formed from Islamist parties who in the 2006 elections won 32 out of 40 seats in the lower house of Parliament may be just the first of a string of Gulf regimes that could fall to unrest.
Wednesday 09 February 2011
How did George Osborne, who the banks regard as an ally, dare to mount yesterday's attack on the sector? Well, let's put it this way, he waited until the banks' defender-in-chief was safely out of the way to announce he intended to raise their tax bills. Angela Knight, the fearsome boss of the British Bankers' Association, was conspicuous by her absence from the airwaves yesterday, so the Chancellor did not have to face her wrath. Did he know she was on holiday?
Sunday 30 January 2011
George Osborne, the Chancellor, has urged cash-rich British companies to start spending and investing again in order to get the country's stalling economic recovery back on the road.
Friday 21 January 2011
Outlook It is impossible to argue with the Financial Services Authority's Sheila Nicoll, who yesterday called for the "rebuilding [of] trust between customer and adviser", as the regulator unveiled reforms of the financial advice market that will take effect at the start of 2013.
Wednesday 19 January 2011
Ping. In comes an email announcing that John Varley, the former Barclays Bank boss, is to be the next chairman of Marie Curie Cancer Care, a very worthycharity indeed. Ping. Just 15minutes later, an email from the Financial Services Authority arrives revealing that Barclays has been fined £7.7m and told to pay £60m in compensation formis-selling investment products while Varley was in charge. Good to see that both Varley and Barclays are giving something back.
Wednesday 19 January 2011
Outlook So here we go again. There is something about Goldman Sachs that winds people up the wrong way. So while Goldman is an American bank that has had no direct support from the British taxpayer, there will no doubt be a hue and a cry when it today unveils its compensation figures, including, as they will, some generous rewards for London-based staff.
Sunday 16 January 2011
Thursday 13 January 2011
The leader of an animal rights group which attacked branches of Barclays Bank because of the company's then links to the animal testing lab Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) was jailed for 12 months today.
Wednesday 12 January 2011
I read David Buik's "View from the City" (10 January) several times. Had to, because I felt sure it was a wind-up. I looked for irony, the tongue in the cheek, but – Wow! – Mr Buik actually was arguing for a bank bonus culture.
Saturday 08 January 2011
Outlook: The claim of the BBC yesterday to have discovered that our biggest banks plan to ignore publicoutrage and pay yet more large bonuses will not be winning too many prizes as a journalistic scoop.
Wednesday 08 December 2010
A robber who raided a bank and then went to a pub, threw the cash in the air and said, "the drinks are on me" was today detained under the Mental Health Act.
Sunday 24 October 2010
British businesses are losing out on £125m every year due to incorrect customer data, according to Royal Mail research.
Nigel Farage brands LGBT activists 'filth' and 'scum' and accuses them of scaring away his children after they invade his local pub
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Russia threatens Denmark with nuclear weapons if it tries to join Nato defence shield
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'
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