Consuming Issues: Stop moaning about your bank - just go somewhere else

Capitalism is an undemocratic system. Unlike democracy, some have more "votes" than others, because they own more shares in an institution, or because they have more to spend on certain things in certain places. Still, we consumers have more power than we might realise. Without us there would be no companies. Or indeed banks, to bring me to my point. For if you are really, really upset about the bonuses the banks are paying to their traders and managers – £6bn in all – then my suggestion is to do something about beyond whinging. And that something is to move your account. Put at its simplest; if you don't like the £9m Barclays is paying to its boss Bob Diamond, say, then you can always boycott Barclays.

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David Prosser: How best to measure house prices

Outlook There will be plenty of people who feel that Britain needs another house price index like it needs a fresh round of snowfall. Jill Matheson, the National Statistician,disagrees: yesterday she called for the launch of an official index measuring house price changes across the UK.

David Prosser: The biggest house price falls are now behind us

Outlook While revealing there was another small fall in house prices last month, the Nationwide Building Society pointed out yesterday that it has now been exactly three years since the market peaked. To mark that anniversary, Nationwide plotted some charts to compare this downturn with the last significant correction in the early Nineties.

Business Diary: Please don't leave, begs HSBC

HSBC clearly doesn't appear have much regard for the work ethic of the City's banking analysts, or journalists for that matter. Concerned that its announcement of senior management changes, made quite late in the day on Friday, might be missed by those cutting off early for the weekend, it felt obliged to make an early announcement that a statement would be forthcoming. But even that didn't hit analysts' screens until 5.17pm, so the less committed may still have missed it.

Consuming Issues: Tips for cutting £50 a month off your food bill

For millions of people, grocery shopping is about to get tougher. Food inflation is rising, up a record 1 per cent in July, and a further 0.1 per cent last month, fuelled by soaring wheat prices.

David Prosser: The downside of the digital age

Outlook The joys of accountability in the modern age. After Nationwide Building Society announced some not altogether popular changes to its current account a few weeks ago, Graham Beale, the mutual's chief executive, found his personal email inbox deluged by messages from complaining customers. The society promptly changed its system, providing a general account for customers to complain to, while Mr Beale got a new personal address that he presumably hoped would be a little less busy.

David Prosser: Banking reform that cannot be delivered

Outlook While we're on the subject of hospital passes from the Treasury, it's hard not to feel some sympathy for Sir John Vickers, soldiering on at the government-appointed Independent Commission on Banking. His report isn't due for another 12 months, which means he has to endure a whole year of pretending to consider whether retail and investment banking should be split asunder.

House prices slip again as market faces stagnation

House prices are "stagnating" and seem likely to fall over the next few months, according to the Nationwide building society.

House prices slip further as sellers return

House prices have fallen for the second month running, Britain's leading property website said today, and the decline appears to be accelerating.

Confidence falters among consumers

British consumers are growing increasingly worried about the future, a poll suggests today.

House prices fall amid shortage of buyers

A shortage of buyers sent house prices falling in July for the first time since February, figures showed today.

Nationwide not renewing England sponsorship

Nationwide Building Society have confirmed they will not be renewing their sponsorship of the England team.

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