Banking

Charlotte Hogg belongs to boardrooms’ real endangered species

18 March 2017 9:00 am

Tesco chairman John Allan provoked feminist fury by telling would-be non-exec directors, ‘If you’re a white male, tough: you’re an…

How to start your own bank

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Camilla Swift learns that launching a new banking venture requires an experienced team with plenty of patience

We should all be glad that Unilever saw off predatory robot Kraft Heinz

25 February 2017 9:00 am

I was sorry Kraft Heinz’s £115 billion bid for Unilever collapsed so fast — unveiled on Friday, it was dead…

One good thing about bank closures: they could give the Co-op a new job

18 February 2017 9:00 am

Many thanks to the stampede of readers who sent news of bank branch closures. There’s certainly a national pattern, and…

It's crazy to give up on cash

28 January 2017 9:00 am

Banknotes and coins are at the heart of British life. In these dreary contactless times, we’d be mad to lose them for ever

Monte dei Paschi is everything that’s gone wrong with banking

7 January 2017 9:00 am

The headline business story of the holiday season was the latest bailout of Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena. This…

Why aren’t we talking about China’s huge problems?

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Investors and bankers may be distracted by other global issues, but huge problems still loom for Asia’s superpower economy

Why the City must let German bankers back, 1916

19 November 2016 9:00 am

From ‘English versus German banking’, The Spectator, 18 November 1916: At the present moment a good many of us are in…

Why Philip Hammond should be getting ready to break up RBS

5 November 2016 9:00 am

The new series of The Missing is surely the gloomiest television of the year. But it has nothing on the…

I still think Big Bang hurt the City – but it’ll survive even Brexit

29 October 2016 9:00 am

As the 30th anniversary of Big Bang loomed, I found myself back at the scene of my City demise. Ebbgate…

Will Brexit butcher the banking system?

15 October 2016 9:00 am

The financial sector is bracing itself for the worst... but there are reasons to think London’s pre-eminence will continue

If Deutsche Bank goes down without a bailout, I really will eat my hat

1 October 2016 9:00 am

‘Can anyone seriously imagine the German state and corporate establishment allowing the bank that bears their country’s name to go…

Sorry, but Opec won’t back up this oil-price rise

27 August 2016 9:00 am

How many Olympic medals did Opec win? The answer (though I’ll bet no one else has bothered to work this…

Why negative interest rates are mad, bad – and dangerous

27 August 2016 9:00 am

Negative interest rates are too crazy to contemplate, right? But they may be just around the corner

Want to cut top pay, Mrs May? Start with the bank you own

13 August 2016 9:00 am

Theresa May sent a strong message to the corporate world when she criticised the ‘irrational, unhealthy and growing gap’ between…

Theresa May’s right: we need China’s money, not their friendship

6 August 2016 9:00 am

There are reasons why Theresa May might harbour doubts about the Hinkley Point nuclear project — chiefly its unproven French…

Don’t count the Brexit doom-mongers out yet

9 July 2016 9:00 am

I enjoyed the Daily Mail’s lambasting of the Financial Times as ‘panic-monger-in-chief’ for its doom-laden post-Brexit tone: ‘Is it determined…

Am I a Remain roundhead, or a Brexit cavalier?

18 June 2016 9:00 am

My pen hovers — but refuses to touch the postal ballot paper. I pour a drink (I won’t say whether…

Don’t believe the Tory grumbling: HS2 is on the way

21 May 2016 9:00 am

There’s a lot of negativity around HS2, and I sniff a Brexit connection. You might think Leave campaigners whose aim…

Scrapping RBS’s brand is a start. Now break it up

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Royal Bank of Scotland is at last about to dump the ‘RBS’ logotype promoted by its fallen chieftain Fred Goodwin,…

The death of investment banking as we know it? Bring it on

30 April 2016 9:00 am

Oh woe. Investment bank profits are evaporating after a disastrous contraction of trading revenues reflecting zero-to-negative interest rates, weak commodity…

Warning: the FTSE100 isn’t out of the woods just yet

23 April 2016 9:00 am

When the FTSE100 fell close to 5,500 in February, we all said ‘Mr Bear is back’. On Tuesday the index…

Sell the London Stock Exchange if you must. But not to Frankfurt!

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The London Stock Exchange is no longer the red-hot crucible it once was, given the multifarious ways by which shares,…

The City’s real players may be voting ‘out’ in the EU referendum

27 February 2016 9:00 am

‘The City is in no doubt that staying in Europe is the only way ahead,’ declared Mark Boleat for the…

If there’s a crash now, the markets will have done it to themselves

20 February 2016 9:00 am

All this talk of a new financial apocalypse, so soon after the last one, is starting to annoy me. Partly…