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Government adviser reveals his frustration at talk of bank kindness to zombie businesses

In the 1990s negative equity was mostly in the South but now northern regions have been hit hard

Up to 630,000 borrowers are stuck in negative equity as the housing market stagnates

New consumer finance watchdog warns further pain could be on the way despite Budget pledges

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Consumer Rights: With due care, Britons can avoid the same plight as the Cypriots

The plan for the Nicosia government to seize its citizens' money should act as a spur to check all your cash is fully protected
Packaged accounts often include travel insurance

Money Insider: Rules tightened on paid-for bank accounts

Last summer the Financial Services Authority (FSA) published a new set rules designed to give greater protection to customers with a packaged or “added value” current account.

Bagged supermarket mixed leaf salads blamed for bug that hit 300 people

An outbreak of Cryptosporidium that affected around 300 people probably originated in ready-to-eat bagged salads, an investigation has found.

Watchdog bares teeth with £2.4m fine for oil group Lamprell

The City regulator bared its teeth yesterday, showing that companies listed on the London stock market can expect much larger fines for breaking its rules.

Jargon-free accounts can simplify savings

Finance firms told to cut complexity in savings and insurance

Anthony Hilton: FSA's clampdown will shake up Sipps sector

Though you may never have heard of it, Dentons is one of the leaders among administrators of Self Invested Personal Pensions. And on Tuesday it put forward enough smart ideas to show that it remains several notches above most of the competition.

Watchdog knew banks were fixing Libor for three years

The City watchdog yesterday admitted that staff had been aware of Libor fixing for nearly three years before it finally launched an investigation into what has rapidly turned into banking's biggest scandal.

James Moore: Have lessons been learnt? Regulators have failed again and again and again

Outlook Something up with Libor, you say? Sorry guv, not my problem, speak to the British Bankers' Association. This, in a nutshell, was the attitude of the Financial Services Authority when the issue was raised with it on 26 separate occasions, and perhaps as many as 74 where there were oblique or indirect references to the problem in FSA communications.

Three held in insider dealing investigation

Three men have been arrested and are being held in connection with an inquiry into insider dealing and market abuse, the City watchdog has said.

Ben Chu: Grand Theft Libor

Outlook It's a pity Lord Turner didn't get the Bank of England job, because he would probably have produced better soundbites than Mark Carney will.

Rule on bank capital was a 50-year giant mistake, says Lord Turner

Lord Turner, the outgoing chairman of the Financial Services Authority, has declared that the amount of capital banks were required to hold before the 2008 financial crisis had been a "50-year giant mistake".

James Moore: A crop of problems if AgriBank were to go pop

Outlook On to high-yield savings and AgriBank, which has generated a flurry of excitement by offering a bond that might allow your money at least to keep pace with inflation.

PPI mis-selling complaints at Lloyds total 1.4 million

Lloyds Banking Group received almost 1.4 million complaints about mis-sold payment protection insurance in 2012, it has admitted. The bank was fined £4.3m last week after it failed to pay compensation quickly enough to tens of thousands of PPI victims, yet it declared it has made "significant progress" on dealing with customer complaints.

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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

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The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us