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Spanish bank says it has no "current plans "to float its UK arm

Money Insider: It's easier to switch banks - but which one is best?

With the new Current Account Switch Service set to launch on Monday there is hope that more customers will finally have the confidence to up sticks and move their accounts to a new bank.

TSB to boldly go back to local banking

Why Paul Pester, who heads the newly launched bank, had to convince Star Trek star Sir Patrick Stewart he was genuine

The new look TSB

Britain's first major new high street bank for decades as TSB is resurrected

Britain’s first major new high street bank for decades launches tomorrow in the resurrected form of TSB.

Banks’ net lending falls despite their billions from the FLS

Net lending from banks and building societies has been negative since the Bank of England launched its flagship Funding for Lending Scheme, figures from Threadneedle Street showed yesterday. Over the four quarters to June participating institutions in the FLS contracted their loan books by £2.3bn, despite drawing down a cumulative £17.6bn of cheap funding from the scheme.

19 per cent of parents think their teenagers are financially clueless

Teach the young to be cash smart

Financial education is joining the national curriculum next year, but it's not just up to schools. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

Money alert: Credit card insurance

High street banks are being forced to pay compensation of £1.3bn after they were found guilty of flogging useless and unnecessary credit card fraud and identity theft insurance.

Hamush Ogston dismissed the idea of £1.3bn in compensation claims as 'bollocks'

Prosecute CPP tycoon Hamish Ogston over mis-selling, urges Labour MP

John Mann labels millionaire ‘arrogant’ and slams ‘weakness of the law’ in the scandal

Money Insider: Off to college? Don't let the banks bamboozle you

A free overdraft is more beneficial than student bank account freebies.

Nick Goodway: SVG is doing nicely, so perhaps its big critic should head for the exit

Anyone who bought into SVG Capital’s £173m rights issue and share placing at the start of 2009 has seen the 100p they paid then quadrupled to more than 400p today.

Profits suffer at Santander UK following rise in savings rates

Eurozone woes have squeezed Santander’s UK profits this year as it pays the price for having to dangle more attractive deposit rates to tempt nervy savers, the bank said today.

Restaurant investors ride the crest of a Mexican wave

Mark Leftly and Laura Chesters report on a cuisine that is now seen as 'the next big thing'
Santander may not be the only bank to take flight from these accounts

Julian Knight: Packaged bank accounts - a marketing triumph

Clever move could open the way for general current account charges

Five questions about: Packaged accounts

Are these the expensive current accounts?

Founder of troubled card insurer CPP abandons takeover bid

The majority shareholder of the troubled credit card insurer CPP has stepped down from the board and scrapped his attempt to buy the firm.

Church-backed bid for RBS arm could herald creation of ethical bank on high street

Consortium would create strong addition to Co-op Bank on the high street

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