from Breakingviews:

UK banks have much to fear from latest probe

July 18, 2014

By Chris Hughes

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Banks score own goal with bonus culture defence

August 4, 2009

In the blink of an eye it look as if the City is “booming” again after Barclays and HSBC announced buoyant investment banking earnings on Monday.

Tumbling markets – where will it end?

March 2, 2009

Stocks went in a tailspin again today as banking stocks tumbled after AIG posted a record loss and HSBC announced Britain’s largest ever rights issue.

Blame or redemption for Christians in financial crisis?

January 20, 2009

Does being a Christian make you a better banker? Former Bank of England employee John Ellis raised the possibility during a church discussion in London on the financial crisis.

Low-rate party comes to an end

April 2, 2008

houses.jpgFirst Direct has pulled the shutters down on new mortgage business. Albeit a temporary move, it is yet more unsettling news for scores of homeowners coming to the end of cheap deals. Such a move is unprecedented, but perhaps comes as little surprise, given that the lender has been market-leading for quite some time. With pricing more or less 0.5 percent below that of its nearest competitor, the influx of new business that has created a huge backlog is understandable.