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A good time to start a new bank in the UK?

May 28, 2013

The UK's financial regulators are seeking to encourage more competition in the country's banking sector by making it easier to establish a new bank, but there are non-regulatory barriers as well.

Hybrid debut powers National Grid investment plans

Hybrid debut powers National Grid investment plans

May 1, 2013

UK utilities operator National Grid made a highly successful debut in the hybrid market to finance large investment needs without jeopardising its credit ratings.

Getting personal

Getting personal: the big business of mobile marketing

May 1, 2013

Personalised and location-based marketing tactics could be a catalyst for higher usage of mobile payments and could, in turn, unlock new business approaches. 

Western Union expands beyond consumer markets

March 20, 2013

Chief information officer of Western Union Business Solutions, Nick Masterson-Jones, talks about bringing smaller businesses closer to the financial products and services that multinational corporations use. 

Banks to watch in 2013, Silicon Valley Bank

February 1, 2013

The Banker has identified 13 banks to keep an eye on in the coming year based on a variety of factors. US-based Silicon Valley Bank's launch of its full-service bank in London, targeting what it calls innovation companies, makes it one to watch.

Terra Firma housing deal on solid ground

Terra Firma housing deal on solid ground

February 1, 2013

In difficult market conditions with a heavy existing debt burden, Annington Homes was still able to issue the largest ever debut high-yield bond in the UK.

teaser-Rothschild navigates Peel Ports to calm waters

Rothschild navigates Peel Ports to calm waters

February 1, 2013

As bank debt becomes harder to source and borrowers turn to new bond market structures, independent advisory banks such as Rothschild are seeing their role increase – or perhaps return to historical levels – as was shown in its role refinancing the debt for a UK port owner.

Global banks wait for regulatory stars to align

Global banks wait for regulatory stars to align

January 2, 2013

Banks that operate across borders must tackle differences between jurisdictions in a context where most regulators are intensifying the scrutiny of both balance sheet and strategy.

ABN Amro alumni find their niche

IDCM leads Europe's smaller players into the market

January 2, 2013

A boutique capital markets firm launched by ABN Amro alumni, Independent Debt Capital Markets, is using its niche expertise to enable mid-tier companies to access debt capital markets in new formats.

A dictionary of difficulties from 2012

December 3, 2012

If 'algorithms, bail-ins and cajas' were the ABC of banking in 2012, what will be the new buzzwords? Philip Alexander looks at the phrases that defined 12 months of pain, and suggests some words to watch in 2013.

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