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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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