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Diversify and survive

September 1, 2008

Understanding UK bank strategies can be difficult. The past year has seen not only Royal Bank of Scotland’s joint acquisition of the Netherlands’ giant ABN AMRO but also the disastrous run on Northern Rock, record 2007 profits at HSBC Holdings and, last month, RBS’s first half-year loss in 40 years, following $11.4bn in writedowns.

UK players maintain sizeable advantage

September 1, 2008

UK banks may have taken significant hits on their profit and loss accounts as a result of the subprime crisis, but they have also strengthened their capital and balance sheets significantly.

Revolutionary system makes a quiet entrance

July 1, 2008

The UK faster payments initiative is expected to revolutionise the way consumers and companies do business, and yet it was launched in May with little fanfare. Charlie Corbett explores the impact of the new system and why the trumpets were muted.

London calling

April 7, 2008

One strategy that Nigerian banks are following to boost return on capital is setting up shop in London. Nick Kochan explores the challenges they face.

UK on the verge of sukuk issuance

April 7, 2008

The UK budget for 2008 announced measures to promote competitiveness with the increasingly attractive Islamic finance sector, paving the way towards sukuk issuance, writes Stephen Timewell.

Prospects for nuclear financing

April 7, 2008

Silvia Pavoni reports on the potential and pitfalls of private finance for the UK’s new nuclear power station building programme.

National Grid bites the bullet

April 7, 2008

The UK’s largest energy utility, National Grid Gas, tentatively reopened the sterling corporate bond market earlier this year, in the face of unfavourable conditions. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Driver UK deal helps RBS swerve slowdown

April 7, 2008

The credit crisis has brought the ABS market to near standstill. However, RBS has remained active in the field and used its healthy relationship with VW to good effect, reports Edward Russell-Walling.

Pressure for a knee-jerk reaction is mounting

April 7, 2008

Banks are discovering that there will be a regulatory price to pay for the support of governments and central banks – and it could be a costly one. Karina Robinson investigates.

UK top six results defy doom-mongers’ predictions

April 7, 2008

In spite of dire prognostications about the state of UK banking, the top six banks have emerged from the reporting season, if not unscathed, in pretty good shape.

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