The Great Debate UK

Banks get mixed reviews from institutional shareholders

July 14, 2009

Brendan Woods- Brendan Wood is Chairman of Brendan Wood International, a global intelligence advisory firm. Recently, BWI published the World’s TopGun CEOs as ranked by 2500 institutional investors, which provides insight into the executives in whom shareholders feel the greatest confidence. The opinions expressed are his own. -

The end of free banking

June 25, 2009

david Kuo-David Kuo is director at the Motley Fool. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Banks insist on the right to charge customers who go overdrawn on their current accounts. They also say they have a right to set the amount charged.

Big Finance reverting to bad old ways

By Paul Taylor
June 25, 2009

paul-taylor– Paul Taylor is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

They’re at it again. No sooner has the financial system begun to stabilise than Big Finance is reverting to its old ways — aggressive hiring, remuneration on steroids, wriggling out of regulation or threatening to decamp to evade tougher supervision.

Fears for bank rally overdone

June 2, 2009

REUTERS — Margaret Doyle is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own –

Bonds steal thunder from loans in Europe

By Alexander Smith
May 19, 2009

alex-smith- Alexander Smith is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. -

When the going got tough, banks were quick to bring down the shutters and cut off loans to European companies, forcing them to seek other sources of funding. The result — a dramatic shift to the bond markets, where corporates borrow directly from investors.

The quantitative easing conundrum

May 13, 2009

adriankidd2- Adrian Kidd is financial planner at Unleash Advice. He was voted 50th Most Influential IFA in the UK by Professional Adviser magazine 2008. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Fortis shareholders retreat with honour

April 29, 2009

REUTERS– Margaret Doyle is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are her own –

Germany’s bad bank fudge

April 23, 2009

REUTERSpaul-taylor– Margaret Doyle and Paul Taylor are Reuters columnists. The opinions expressed are their own –

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Goldman’s TARP out: give up ALL state aid

April 22, 2009

goldman-crop -- Jonathan Ford is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

Goldman Sachs wants to do its duty by the American people and give them their TARP money back. Some spoilsports have urged the government simply to say no because allowing the investment bank to repay the cash would make other banks look bad.