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Jimmy Choo steps up for £1bn float

Five ways to sort out money matters before graduation

A graduate’s first task – even before searching for a job – is to bring some order to your accounts

Market Report: Sell-off news lifts Lloyds, dashes RBS

The Government fired the starting gun on the reprivatisation of state-backed Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland yesterday, setting a deadline of 8 July for banks to submit bids as advisers on the sale.

Ex rugby ace trades place with Tory hedge fund millionaire

One of the City's most colourful bankers, Alex Snow, is to become chief executive of Lansdowne Partners, the hedge fund manager which made a killing selling shares in British banks during the financial crisis.

James Moore: More disposals could help in the pursuit of Mammon

Can the light of God's investors shine a light on project Rainbow? The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is an advocate of new banks bringing a little verve to the market.

Spending on the climb after optimism remains at its highest for two years

Consumer sentiment is continuing at its highest level in two years, a new report says.

Mark Leftly: We have every right to know about the banks' £27bn black hole

Outlook One of the stranger questions raised after the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) revealed that five of the country's biggest lenders have a £27bn black hole in their balance sheets was whether or not the gap should have been disclosed at all.

Regulator tells Barclays, Lloyds and RBS to plug £27bn hole in finances

The scale of the challenge facing policymakers to return Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland to private ownership became clearer today as the banking industry was told to raise another £13.4 billion.

Chancellor George Osborne, attends the 'Lord Mayor's Dinner to the Bankers and Merchants of the City of London', at Mansion House

Public will be offered shares in Lloyds Bank, says George Osborne

Chancellor says economic revival will enable bank to be returned to  the private sector

City welcomes bank reforms but warns of resistance

The City today welcomed plans to overhaul Britain’s banks but warned they could be resisted by the country’s largest lenders.

'Jail reckless bankers': Report urges the Government to introduce new criminal offence for reckless management

Commission also recommends giving regulators the power to defer bonuses for 10 years under plans to stamp out excessive pay practices

We were not leaned on over branch sale, says Lloyds

The bosses of Lloyds Banking Group have denied that they were told by politicians to favour the sale of more than 600 branches to the Co-op over rival bidders.

The Co-op defended its banking business today

Lloyds denies Co-op deal pressure

Lloyds Banking Group bosses denied political pressure to accept the Co-operative Bank's ill-fated £700 million bid for its branches today, insisting they acted in the best interests of shareholders.

Co-op Bank strikes deal to fill £1.5bn black hole

Co-operative Bank today secured a deal with regulators to address the  £1.5 billion hole in its balance sheet without any injection of cash from  the taxpayer.

Co-op saved, but banks face shake-up in pivotal week

The Co-operative Bank will this week announce a plan to fill a £1.5bn hole in its finances, just as the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards recommends new powers to break up struggling banks.

Consumer Rights: New generation of Sids could get the chance to buy banks

Ordinary voters may be able to invest if Chancellor starts selling the taxpayers' stakes
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