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Government adviser reveals his frustration at talk of bank kindness to zombie businesses

Insurance broking giant fined £7m for mis-selling 'extras'

Britain’s biggest high street insurer Swinton was slapped with a £7.38m fine after it was caught mis-selling “add-on” insurance to more than 650,000 people.

Market Report: Bank guru’s faith causes RBS to leap

Punters with an interest in financial stocks have been avid followers of the banking guru Ian Gordon at Investec, and his latest missive pushed up Royal Bank of Scotland by more than 5 per cent. Mr Gordon’s stance on the taxpayer-owned bank changed from negative – after more than five months as a seller – in March, when he moved to a hold rating. He raised this to a buy earlier in the summer, and now thinks RBS will be a “key beneficiary of last Friday’s strong mortgage data”. (May was the best month since October 2008.)

The former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre arrives at the Manhattan Federal Court in New York

Trial under way for ‘Fabulous Fab’ Fabrice Tourre, the Goldman Sachs poster boy for Wall Street greed

Former Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice Tourre is in court over allegations he misled investors

Vince Cable unveils Lib Dems proposal to build up to 25,000 homes but accuses Tories of blocking plans

Business Secretary blames Tories for lack of council houses being built

Money alert: RBS overdrafts

Do you have a current account with Royal Bank of Scotland? Have you ever gone into the red through an authorised overdraft?

The City saw little to fear in George Osborne’s apparent crackdown on the financial sector

Bank shares soar despite George Osborne's apparent 'crackdown'

Investors piled into Britain’s biggest banks today as the City saw little to fear in Chancellor George Osborne’s  apparent crackdown on the financial sector.

The parliamentary commission's report says new rules are required to force City executives to take proper responsibility

Reckless bankers to be jailed as George Osborne backs sweeping reforms of industry

Government to implement tighter control of bonuses in response to Parliamentary Commission's landmark report

Banks face stringent new audit controls

Banks and other financial institutions are set to face a beefed up internal auditing regime under a new code for auditors unveiled today.

Market Report: Chancellor's chop good news for RBS

Axe swinging by George Osborne at Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) investment banking arm helped it to achieve top spot on the blue-chip index yesterday.

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: Conservatives of the world,
Unite! Politics just got more difficult for the Opposition

The Tories, baying  at every mention  like a pantomime audience, lapped it up

RBS to announce independent review into its failure to lend to small firms

Royal Bank of Scotland today announces an independent review into its lending to small firms. It will be led by Sir Andrew Large, a former deputy governor of the Bank of England, who will work with the management consultancy Oliver Wyman.

Banks censured over 'pointless' political lobbying

Senior Bank of England officials today delivered a stern rebuke to commercial banks that have been lobbying ministers to water down regulation of the sector.

RBS and Barclays face yet another banking scandal

Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC were yesterday at the centre of yet another investigation by regulators, after European watchdogs said they were among 13 banks charged with shutting exchanges out of the lucrative credit derivatives market.

Credit blow greets new man Mark Carney as small firms suffer

A fresh credit blow for Britain’s small businesses today underlined the stiff task ahead for new Bank of England Governor Mark Carney on his first day in the job.

Margareta Pagano: Let’s hope watchdog boss Andrew Bailey has a bite as bad as his bark

At last the City’s got a watchdog that barks. It’s early days, but Andrew Bailey is proving feisty as the Bank of England’s deputy governor in charge of the Prudential Regulatory Authority, (PRA) the UK’s new banking watchdog.

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