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

Aldermore bank joins Help to Buy scheme

One of Britain's newest banks has became the latest lender to launch products under the Government's extended Help To Buy scheme.

Anthony Hilton: We may have led the MCC a merry dance with this festive gathering

I have watched a fair amount of cricket at Lord’s over the years but, until Monday night, only once been in the pavilion and never even set foot in the Long Room, still less eaten there. The occasion was the Christmas celebration of the 30 Club, which is an invitation-only dining club whose core members are drawn from the top people in the media advertising and marketing.

Outlook: Back-to-the-future banking on the cards at HSBC – or is that Midland?

Outlook: The bank has reportedly sounded out investors about the partial flotation of its UK bank

What the Sunday Papers Said

Independent on Sunday: Standard Chartered board split over rights issue

Standard Chartered’s board is divided over whether a rights issue is needed to strengthen its balance sheet after a tough year’s trading in emerging markets. The need for a cash call has been discussed privately between directors rather than at a formal board meeting.

Mobiles growth to push UK ad spend to $24bn by 2016

Global advertising spend is set to hit a new record high in each of the next three years, marking the “strongest sustained period of growth in 10 years”, according to a leading media-buying agency.

The Business Matrix: Monday 9 December 2013

Royal Mail set to join FTSE 100

FirstGroup appoints Aviva boss John McFarlane new chairman

FirstGroup has named City stalwart John McFarlane as its new chairman.

The News Matrix: Thursday 5 December 2013

Hope for dementia drug breakthrough

Labour targets Treasury minister over role at Libor scandal bank

Javid had job at bank that is one of those hit by record fine for cartels' conspiracy

Banks fined record £1.4bn over rate rigging scandal

The European Commission has fined five international banks, including Royal Bank of Scotland, and a broker a record 1.7 billion euros (£1.4 billion) for rigging crucial interest rate benchmarks.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 4 December 2013

Court warning for social networkers

James Moore: How much longer can this crumbling house of horrors stay in one piece?

Outlook Yes, Royal Bank of Scotland is facing a scandal (again). It's an IT snafu this time (another). And Ross McEwan, the chief executive, has said he's very sorry (again) while describing it as "unacceptable". In that he's aping Supernanny Jo Frost, the Channel 4 childcare "specialist", whom it was at one time impossible to avoid. Sadly, it seems it will take more than the ubiquitous Ms Frost and her patented naughty step to turn this recalcitrant child around.

'We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience,' said Susan Allen, RBS director of customer relations

NatWest and RBS Cyber Monday card glitch:
Bank faces millions of pounds of compensation claims after chief executive admits 'decades' of under-investment in IT systems

Technical failure left customers unable to use credit and debit cards for three hours while the banks’ websites and smartphone apps were also affected

Outlook: The market has greeted allegations about RBS with relative equanimity

Outlook Is Derek Sach going to get a share of the £500m Royal Bank of Scotland is preparing to pay out in bonuses this year? It's an interesting question.

RBS bankers in line for £500 million bonus payout despite SMEs scandal

Royal Bank of Scotland is expected to reward its bankers £500 million in bonuses this year, despite being embroiled in a series of scandals over its lending practices.

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