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LSE risks losing out by resting on its laurels

February 5, 2007

While rejecting numerous overtures from suitors, the London Stock Exchange has failed to go on the offensive and risks being left behind.

UK watchdog sinks teeth into private equity

January 8, 2007

Next in the regulatory sights of the UK Financial Services Authority is the private equity market. It will almost inevitably lead to a tightening of the rules, writes Michael Imeson.

Reasons to THINK small

January 8, 2007

As long as rich people want small banks that can offer a personalised service, institutions like Hoare & Co will thrive. CEO Alexander Hoare talks to The Banker.

UK banks are setting a bad example

September 4, 2006

UK banks are being criticised for unfair practices, and are not good role models, says Andy Mullineux.

Community service

August 7, 2006

National Australia Bank has revamped its UK holdings, Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks, as local financial centres with an in-house manager style reminiscent of the 1970s. Stephen Timewell reports.

Steely in the face of juggernaut threats

August 7, 2006

London Metal Exchange chairman Donald Brydon tells Karina Robinson that change at the institution is unavoidable but a sell off is not on the books.


January 2, 2006

John Varley, CEO

New guild is better late than never

December 5, 2005

References to the Guild of International Bankers in London may cause some readers to think it is a venerable institution with deep historical roots.

Spurned suitors could join forces against LSE

December 5, 2005

The London Stock Exchange could find there are worse things than being bought by a smaller foreign concern.

Why RBS needs spin

November 7, 2005

Despite a meteoric rise to global powerhouse, the RBS board has managed to transform itself from darling to demon in the eyes of its shareholders. Geraldine Lambe charts the bank’s fall from grace.
When is an excellent management team not an excellent management team? When your shareholders don’t believe it. Such is the case with Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) shareholders, and their jaundiced view was amply displayed when chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin was asked if he was a megalomaniac at August’s half-year results conference. Where once they lauded Sir Fred as emperor in all his finery, now shareholders behave as if he has no clothes.

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