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Santander’s secret: to conquer the world, stay like a small-town bank

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Four years ago, I wrote that I knew no dark rumours about Santander, the rising force in UK high street…

BP's been punished enough – but not because Americans hate the Brits

13 September 2014 9:00 am

I should declare two connections before I start offering opinions about the latest US judgment against BP relating to the ‘Macondo’…

Rona Fairhead will be good for the BBC – but who was so keen to nobble her rival?

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Hats off to Rona Fairhead, the former Financial Times executive who will succeed Lord Patten as chairman of the BBC…

Europe's leaders worship Mario Draghi. They should listen to him instead

30 August 2014 9:00 am

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi secured a place in history by his demonstration, on 26 July 2012, of the…

It’s not just left-wingers who think the bosses’ pay boom is unhealthy

23 August 2014 9:00 am

The FTSE100 index stands precisely where it did in the first week of December 1999. Whichever way you look at…

Why a City job should be graduates’ last resort

16 August 2014 9:00 am

August is the season for conversation about career choices. Every holiday party seems to include new graduates or next year’s…

The man who could sell the British public on fracking

9 August 2014 9:00 am

Iain Conn, who will succeed Sam Laidlaw as chief executive of Centrica, would have been a dead cert for the…

I know how ineffective sanctions are – but these ones just might work

2 August 2014 9:00 am

‘Sanctions,’ said Kofi Annan, ‘are a necessary middle ground between war and words.’ Neither the EU nor the US will…

Forecasting is a mug’s game – but I was right about the economic revival

26 July 2014 9:00 am

‘Perhaps I should shift my prediction to 23 July 2014,’ I wrote in April 2012. ‘That’s the opening of the…

Any other business: trouble spots in European banking

19 July 2014 9:00 am

‘1914: Day by Day’, the Radio 4 series by the historian Margaret MacMillan, is a gripping reminder that significant global…

Gold-fixing is the last ghost of the old City. It won't be around much longer

12 July 2014 9:00 am

In a season obsessed with sport and personal misbehaviour — separately or in combination — the word ‘fixing’ immediately brings…

‘Dark pools’ are just another conspiracy of bankers against the public

5 July 2014 9:00 am

It was at the Mansion House dinner last year that a City gent two seats away announced himself to be…

George Osborne’s cynical grab for northern votes (and why I’m for it)

28 June 2014 9:00 am

When John Prescott used to wax garrulous about a ‘superhighway’ from Hull to Liverpool, everyone assumed it was a wheeze…

The return of oil price anxiety is a timely reminder to get fracking

21 June 2014 9:00 am

‘Iraq turmoil sends crude oil prices to nine-month high’ is the sort of headline that used to send shivers down…

The internet is broken – and we can no longer do without it

14 June 2014 8:00 am

‘The internet is broken,’ a corporate chieftain told me last week. It was an arresting remark, but he did not…

I salute the wisdom of young Scots on independence (they’re voting No, by the way)

7 June 2014 9:00 am

It’s a constant theme of this column that today’s young need to stop whingeing about their prospects and get on…

Fight Thomas Piketty or face a mansion tax

31 May 2014 9:00 am

The postman at the door is stooped by his burden like an allegorical statue of Labour Oppressed by Capital. His…

Forget about saving British big pharma – it's little pharma we should be helping

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Readers in all sorts of places — at the club bar, over a birthday lunch, even along the church pew…

Are we killing investment banking? And if we are, should we care?

17 May 2014 9:00 am

Do we really mean to kill investment banking, or are we trampling it by accident in a fit of righteous…

Pfizer’s already beaten Ed Miliband. Now it just needs to offer the right price

10 May 2014 9:00 am

Pfizer will almost certainly have to offer more than its second bid of £50 a share for rival drug giant…

Why the bankers’ bonus debate is not going away

3 May 2014 9:00 am

A bouquet to Alison Kennedy, ‘governance and stewardship director’ at the Edinburgh-based pensions provider Standard Life, for leading the rebellion…

George Osborne is entitled to look smug

26 April 2014 9:00 am

The popular pastime for financial commentators this season is sticking pins in George Osborne. To those on the left who…

Should the Co-op be preparing for its own funeral?

19 April 2014 9:00 am

‘Care, respect, clarity and reassurance’ are what the Co-operative funeral service says it offers the bereaved, and the parent Co-op…

Don’t blame ministers for the Royal Mail sell-off. Beat up the bankers!

12 April 2014 9:00 am

Vince Cable and Michael Fallon, ministers responsible for the Royal Mail sell-off, have been summoned for another select committee grilling…

Is full employment just another of George Osborne’s political stunts?

5 April 2014 9:00 am

‘Full employment’ usually means the lowest achievable rate of unemployment — somewhere south of 5 per cent compared with 7.2 per…