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

HSBC joins £12bn Help to Buy plan with bank to offer mortgages worth up to 95%

HSBC provided a major boost to the Government's Help to Buy scheme when it confirmed that it would begin offering mortgages worth up to 95 per cent of property values under the initiative.

MPs criticise George Osborne’s £12bn Help to Buy plan for risking housing bubble and distorting recovery

George Osborne’s £12bn scheme to help first-time buyers could backfire by creating a housing bubble and distorting the economic recovery, MPs warned the Chancellor last night.

Jim Armitage: RBS needs to reveal all over that Corsair sale

Outlook Expect much mud-slinging around the Royal Bank of Scotland's sale of 314 branches.

James Moore: New RBS boss is free to focus on the customer

Outlook Welcome to the jungle, Ross McEwan, who got his feet under the boss's desk at Royal Bank of Scotland just as the Bank of England promised stringent stress tests in its newly appointed role as a badass regulator.

Banks braced for tough new regime of annual stress tests

UK banks will face annual stress tests for the first time to see if they could survive a major collapse in financial markets or the economy, the Bank of England said today.

RBS chief executive Ross McEwan: Welcome to the toughest job in UK banking

James Moore outlines five major challenges for the new man in the hot seat
Michael Spencer’s company has been fined £55m

Heat raised on Tory donor as Libor fixing file is passed to SFO

Criminal charges could be a possibility for brokers who worked  for Michael Spencer

Icap is run by former Conservative party treasurer Michael Spencer

'Let's discuss kickbacks over lunch': Tory donor's firm fined £55m over Libor fixing

Traders' emails reveal shocking conspiracy at Icap, the financial company owned by former Conservative treasurer and prominent party donor Michael Spencer - now bankers face 30 years in jail

James Moore: US regulators set to give banks another battering

Outlook For a country that espouses free wheelin' capitalism, red in tooth and claw, the US has a surprisingly large number of regulators.

The Business Matrix: Monday 23 September 2013

Independence is the big question

Full-scale RBS split into ‘good and bad bank’ to be rejected

Long-delayed Treasury report set to be released after the Tory conference

Anthony Hilton: Vernon Hill’s root and branch approach leaves Metro Bank blooming

Bank has 20 branches and plans to open a new one roughly every month to bring the total to about 200

The Business Matrix: Friday 20 September 2013

Billabong keeps head above water

The Business Matrix: Thursday 19 September 2013

Santander vows to help business

RBS boss Hampton in running for GSK chair

Britain's biggest drug maker, GlaxoSmithKline, is set to appoint Royal Bank of Scotland's Sir Philip Hampton as its new chairman.

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