Credit card companies are vying for business with a slew of new deals

Perfect time to cash in on credit card price war

Providers are desperate for your business, and that is great news. By Chiara Cavaglieri

Building activity jumps

Construction output  is still 16 per cent below its pre-recession peak

Left to right: Geoffrey Howe - Nationwide chairman with dreams of being a star, he earns £300,000 a year for working three days a week; Cristiano Ronaldo - Star of Real Madrid and one of the world’s best footballers, with the looks to match his ball skills; Jon Bon Jovi - The all-American rock star’s eponymous band have sold 130 million records and played in more than 50 countries

Guess which one’s the banker: Geoffrey Howe talks salaries with Ronaldo and Bon Jovi

Can you spot the difference between these three chaps? It’s hard I know. But the brooding, sex-in-a-suit type (near right) is Geoffrey Howe, chairman of Nationwide, who has compared the extravagant salaries of bank executives with those of “footballers” (such as Cristiano Ronaldo, centre) and “pop stars” (Jon Bon Jovi, far right).

Watchdog: aggressive banks will have to raise capital buffer

Global regulators have warned that there are “significant differences” in how banks evaluate the riskiness of their assets, raising the prospect that some may ultimately have to increase their capital buffers by more than expected.

The Business Matrix: Monday 24 June 2013

Bank bailout  talks to continue

What The Sunday Papers Said

The Office for National Statistics is set to confirm the economy did not contract at the start of 2012 when it puts out growth data this week. The Q1 revision, up from a 0.1 per cent fall, would put three months of flat growth between two quarters of decline in 2011-2012, meaning the UK did not technically fall back in to recession last year.

Nationwide, whose TV ad is pictured, has offered £100 for failing to respond to our reader’s letters

Questions of Cash: It must be possible to come up with a way of beating ATM crooks

Q: I was very interested in the questions and answers about ATM security (Questions of Cash, 11 May and 25 May).  I don’t understand why the construction of ATMs makes it possible to fit “skimming “ devices. Why cannot the ATMs be designed or modified to stop the devices being fitted? PS, Twickenham.

Help to Buy 'fuelling a new housing boom'

Fears of another property bubble as prices leap in May at their fastest rate for six years.

Nationwide profits soar despite bad debts

Nationwide, Britain's biggest building society, grabbed its largest-ever share of the mortgage market last year and saw its profits jump as it continued to attract customers from discredited high street banks.

Nationwide stays upbeat after dip blip

Nationwide shrugged off the first monthly fall in house prices since last September yesterday as the lender raised hopes of growing momentum in the market.

Message on Nationwide's website yesterday read: 'We're sorry to have to tell you that our online bank is unavailable'

Nationwide forced to apologise again over online banking problems

Britain's biggest building society was forced to apologise to its customers again after they were locked out of their accounts online for the second time this week.

Average home price now £244,706

London prices drop slightly

House prices rising slightly

New figures also show sharp decline in repossessions

The interest offered on cash ISAs last year are considerably higher than this year's are likely to be

Savvy Money: Ensure you make the most of your old and new ISAs

There is just over a month to go until the end of the tax year, which normally means: A) lots of ISA (individual savings accounts) adverts; and b) a bunfight by cash ISA providers for the top slot in the best-buy tables.

Home ownership sinks to 25-year low and could continue shrinking

Home ownership in the UK is at its lowest level since the mid-1980s, figures show.

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Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz