Has the media made the crisis worse?

October 17, 2008

bbc.jpgSince banks and world financial markets started collapsing over a month ago, politicians, commentators and people in the street have pointed the finger of blame in a variety of directions: at bankers, regulators, hedge fund managers, mortgage lenders, short-sellers and speculators, among others.

Industry awards, the kiss of death

October 9, 2008

So, how to tell in advance which banks and financial institutions were headed towards the door marked ‘exit’?

Will the bank package work?

October 8, 2008

creditcrunch.jpgThey were widely accused of dithering earlier this week but Gordon Brown and Chancellor Alistair Darling have now finally caught up with events and have tried for the first time to overtake them by unveiling a 50-billion pound rescue package for the banks.

At last — decisive action

October 8, 2008

blurry-screen-traders2008.jpgNewspapers generally praised the government move to shore up the banks, saying that whatever the prospects for the success of the “stability and reconstruction plan,” to have done nothing would have been infinitely worse.

The wages of sin

September 16, 2008

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British newspapers were united in their scathing condemnation of high finance now laid low and the failure of regulatory authorities to rein in what they see as the greed-fuelled excesses of the banking sector. 

Stop clock ticking on bank charge rebates

May 23, 2008

clock.jpgBritain’s largest banks and the Office of Fair Trading remain locked in a case management hearing in court over the thorny issue of current account default charges, but the judge has already indicated that the banks will be given the green light to appeal the ruling against them. The appeal — on at least part of Mr Justice Andrew Smith’s ruling, which relates to “fairness” and the rights of customers to sue banks — is a hammer-blow to scores of consumers whose claims for compensation have been put on hold while the matter trundles through the courts.

Bank charges show far from over

April 25, 2008

cash1.jpgConsumers might be one step closer to being able to claim back billions of pounds in bank changes following the High Court ruling this week that paved the way for the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to assess bank charges for fairness. But it’s not all rosy in the garden for bank customers.