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"Extreme" allegations that Royal Bank of Scotland tipped viable businesses into bankruptcy were described as "plausible" because of its "flawed" structure by a former deputy governor of the Bank of England yesterday.

Mark Carney in 'false dawn' warning

The Bank of England's Governor, Mark Carney, defended his flagship forward guidance policy yesterday and said the Bank's job was to prevent the recovery turning into another "false dawn".

James Moore: A tale of two Co-op accounts raises some stark discrepancies

Outlook So who do you believe? Neville Richardson, the former chief executive of Co-operative Banking Group, who previously ran Britannia Building Society, tagged as the source of its problems following their merger.

Britain leads Europe for the most fat-cat bankers

Britain has three times as many highly paid bankers than the rest of Europe put together, according to new figures likely to reopen the dispute over City pay.

Network Rail has challenged claims by the Director General of the CBI, John Cridland

CBI Criticism: Network Rail speaks out to defend itself

Rail bosses challenge claims over HS2 budget

George Osborne wearing his high-tech wristband

Chancellor and trendsetter: George Osborne is rocking a trendy new Jawbone 'Up' wristband

It is designed to help users sleep better, exercise more effectively and stay away from unhealthy food

Bank of England Governor Mervyn King's swansong: Markets have got it all wrong

Outgoing Governor says world economy still far too weak to allow interest rate rises

James Moore: Tyrie should carry out his pledge to tackle lobbying without further delay

Outlook When does lobbying become undue influence? Sir Mervyn King certainly appears to feel that the activities of the banks have been straying into the territory of the latter when it comes to their battling against the Bank of England's demands that they hold more capital.

Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King appears before the Treasury Select Committee at Portcullis House in London for the last time on 25 June 2013

Outgoing Bank of England Governor Sir Mervyn King accuses George Osborne of lobbying on behalf of banks to weaken regulation

George Osborne was challenged over whether he gave in to intense lobbying by bankers to force regulators to water down demands for banks to raise more capital to protect themselves against future shocks.

M&S recruits two directors after Neville Richardson's departure

Marks & Spencer Bank has replenished its board after the departure of the former Co-op Bank boss Neville Richardson.

We were not leaned on over branch sale, says Lloyds

The bosses of Lloyds Banking Group have denied that they were told by politicians to favour the sale of more than 600 branches to the Co-op over rival bidders.

Treasury vetoed fund raisings by Lloyds and RBS

The Treasury intervened to prevent the Financial Policy Committee from instructing Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds to raise new equity capital, it emerged in public testimony from a member of the committee yesterday. The revelation is likely to fuel the debate about the political independence of the FPC.

Solvency II has caused 'confusion and anger' says Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie

Andrew Tyrie has called European policymakers' attempts to regulate insurers "an object lesson in how not to make law".

James Moore: Why our new watchdogs should put the boot into RBS for its IT blunder

The bovver boys have finally donned their hobnailed boots and headed off down to Royal Bank of Scotland's headquarters to create a ruckus in the wake of last year's IT snafu that left some customers locked out of their accounts for a month or more.

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Losses at HBOS underestimated by as much as £10bn

Calls are growing for the bank's former bosses, Sir James Crosby and Lord Stevenson, to be stripped of their titles

Cypriot finance minister quits as inquiry begins

'Actions and omissions' that led to crisis will be investigated by judges

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