The Great Debate UK

from UK News:

Northern Rock: To sell or not to sell?

October 28, 2009

Government plans to split and sell state-owned Northern Rock have met with mixed reaction.

from Commentaries:

Do banks really need to hoard liquidity?

October 7, 2009

That's the provocative question posed by Willem Buiter. His latest, characteristically lengthy, blog post tackles the regulatory vogue for forcing banks to hold much greater reserves of liquid assets - in practice, government bonds.

from Commentaries:

Are Lloyds shares cheap? Not as cheap as this funny money

August 19, 2009

Shares in Lloyds Banking Group are worth 150 pence apiece, according to the analysts from Royal Bank of Scotland, who think the shares offer "a compelling restructuring opportunity" around today's 95 pence.

Taxpayer loses in bank bail-out

July 16, 2009

mcdowall- Bob McDowall is research director, Europe, at TowerGroup, a research and advisory services firm focused exclusively on the global financial services industry. The opinions expressed are his own. -

No quick buck from Northern Rock

July 1, 2009

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

The crisis at Northern Rock marked the beginning of Britain’s slide into large-scale state ownership of the banking system. Returning the mortgage lender to the private sector would be a sign that normal service is being resumed. But rumours that the British government is poised to sell Northern Rock, are premature. Suggestions the government could do so at a profit are even more far-fetched.

from The Great Debate:

Bankers can’t kick the sporting habit

By Alexander Smith
February 11, 2009

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

People are up in arms about bankers receiving bonuses when the banks they worked for have gone down the pan. But isn't it just as shocking that so many state-backed financial firms still subsidize the eye-popping wages of sporting superstars through rich sponsorship deals?