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Spanish bank says it has no "current plans "to float its UK arm

Albemarle & Bond crisis deepens as profits decline on gold slump

Albemarle & Bond crisis deepens as profits decline on gold slump

Albemalre & Bond has revealed pre-tax profits fell to £4.9 million from £21.4 million for the year to end of June, on revenues of £107.1 million, down from £117.7 million, driven by a decline in gold prices.

Bob Diamond plans City comeback with new African banking business

Diamond is expected to list a cash shell on the LSE in a bid to raise more than £150 million to acquire an African bank.

It had been hoped that George Osborne would equalise the investment limits for cash and equity ISAs

Hopes of savers fall with the Autumn speech

The Chancellor's Statement has been criticised for its missed opportunities, says Julian Knight

Market Report: Dividend hike gives Berkeley Group shares a boost

Shares in Berkeley Group shot up on Friday as the housebuilder revealed a massive dividend hike at its half-year results.

Money Insider: Good value on offer but PPI ghosts persist

It's no surprise that consumers remain sceptical when buying insurance protection these days, not helped by the fact that the long-running payment protection insurance (PPI) scandal is rarely out of the news.

George Osborne visits a JCB factory in Staffordshire. Critics say he has got his sums wrong

George Osborne university plan is ‘nonsense’, says respected think-tank

Selling off loan book to fund more student places is not viable option, warns think-tank

The Gem of Tanzania, which is now thought to be a forgery

Crossing the ruby con: Failing firm valued £8,000 gem at £11m

Two company directors have been disqualified from business after using a falsely valued ruby to inflate their failing company’s accounts.

A third of first-time buyers don’t understand Help to Buy scheme

Confusion about the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme  is still widespread, two months after its launch, says a new report

House prices rising at fastest pace in six years, says Halifax

Prices rose by 1.1 per cent month on month to reach £174,910 on average

Economist’s View: Like abolishing national insurance for the young, it’s all too little too late

If Britain’s economic plan is “working” why are British people worse off than they were when the Coalition took office? Living standards continue to fall in the slowest recovery in 100 years and growth is half what the Office for Budget Responsibility forecast in 2010.

Property: House prices forecast to rise 10 per cent

House prices will be 10 per cent higher in five years’ time than previously expected, the official forecaster said yesterday, in a prediction likely to stoke concerns that the Government’s mortgage market subsidies risk creating a destabilising house price bubble.

It's not just the Government that has lost sight of homeless people. We have too

Nearly 85,000 children in Britain will wake up without a home this Christmas morning

It’s happening: George Osborne admits Tories will privatise student loans

The move, long rumoured, has finally been announced as part of plans to raise student numbers

Oxford University, a member of the Russell Group that is against more places

Top universities warn ‘quality’ is at risk with more students

Russell Group comes out in strong opposition to the Chancellor's plans to raise student numbers by up to 60,000 per year

What does the Autumn Statement mean for the property market?

Capital Gains Tax to be introduced for non-residents who sell residential property in the UK

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