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

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The Independent on Sunday: Leading airlines combine to attack air passenger duty

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Money Insider: Mortgage rates tumbling for those with 40% or more deposit

Interest payments on fixed-rate mortgages are tumbling to record levels for those fortunate enough to have a decent-sized stake to put down, while borrowers with smaller deposits are being ignored.

Poor bike cover can put a spoke in your wheel

Cycling has never been so high profile, but with Bradley Wiggins's Tour de France win and the Olympics road race comes a dark side – cycle theft.

Barclays cuts mortgage rates

Competition in the mortgage market was stepped up today as Barclays announced it is cutting a raft of rates in its fixed deal range.

Seven more banks join swaps sale review list

Seven more banks have agreed to review the sale of interest-rate swaps to small businesses and compensate customers where evidence of mis-selling is uncovered, the Financial Services Authority said yesterday.

Seven more banks review rate swaps

A further seven banks have agreed to review the sale of complex financial products to small businesses and compensate customers where evidence of mis-selling is uncovered, the City watchdog said today.

Leading article: The more banks on the high street the better

Our banks are too powerful, too badly behaved and too often offer a woeful service

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Brazil striker Neymar hands control of image rights to country's richest man

Brazil forward Neymar has handed control of his career and image rights to the country's richest man, Eike Batista, in a deal announced yesterday.

One in five UK families admit they are 'living on the edge'

UK families are facing an uncertain financial future with one in five admitting they are living on edge.

Banks fear Moody's credit rating cut

Some of Britain's biggest banks are reportedly facing credit rating cuts as early as tonight in a move which will stretch lenders' already taut finances.

'Two-tier' bank number revealed

Many leading banks, insurers and energy companies are making existing customers pay to phone them while offering free numbers to new customers, a watchdog has found.

Do we really need bank branches anymore?

Building society and bank networks have shrunk by half in the last 30 years.

Jubilee festivities may leave hard-up families in debt

Many will be celebrating with money they haven't got, and payday lenders are happy to come up with the cash.

Money Insider: First-time buyers need the help of 95% mortgages

The latest figures released by the Council of Mortgage Lenders made grim reading this week, as it reported new lending was at its lowest for 12 months. It was estimated that £10.2bn was lent in April, almost 20 per cent lower than the March figures which were inflated due to first-time buyers trying to complete their purchases before the stamp duty concession came to an end.

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Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?