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Hargreaves tipped to apply for banking licence
Discount broker Hargreaves Lansdown has been tipped to apply for a full banking licence in an effort to build on its strong growth.
RBS and gov't in talks over resuming dividend payments
The Royal Bank of Scotland is in talks with the government over buying back a ‘golden share’ which would allow it to resume paying dividends.
Standard Life set to warn over Scottish independence
Standard Life is poised to warn that Scottish independence could pose significant risks to it business, according to reports.
Fidelity managing director Mullan to step down in April
Fidelity Worldwide Investment UK managing director Hugh Mullan is to step down in April.
Lloyds eyes dividend as PPI bill nears £10bn
Lloyds Banking Group has unveiled plans to restart paying dividends for the first time since it was bailed out in October 2008.
Santander puts float on ice
Santander UK’s long awaited float has been delayed due to regulatory indecision over capital and leverage ratios.
Barclays to cut 400 jobs but denies reports of branch closures
(Update) Barclays has denied reports it would shut 400 UK branches and said it will close bank branches ‘over time’ due to changes in technology and customer behaviour.
Labour defends 50p tax plans after business backlash
Labour has defended its plans to bring back the 50p top tax rate, if its wins the election in 2015, after the idea was attacked by business leaders and some party donors.
Carney stands firm on rates, but signals shift on unemployment
Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney has said there will be no ‘immediate’ increase in interest rates and hinted that his flagship forward guidance policy would shift its focus away from just unemployment, which fell to 7.1% in December.
Sants lined up to lead Archbishop's financial taskforce
Former Financial Services Authority chief executive Hector Sants has been approached by the Archbishop of Canterbury over leading a new financial taskforce, according to reports.
Sarasin’s Boucher: why I like salmon with chocolate
Henry Boucher, manager of the £129 million Sarasin Food & Agriculture Opportunities fund, explains why he is gobbling up salmon and chocolate stocks.
Alibaba hype, the UK slowdown and opportunities in European sovereign bonds
Libby Ashby and leading wealth managers analyse what the Alibaba IPO hype means for Chinese equities, slowing growth of the UK economy and whether there’s anything left to play for in the European sovereign bond market.
Veteran banker boosts Sanlam’s stockbroking team
A veteran private banker has been recruited by Sanlam Private Investments to strengthen its advisory stockbroking team.
Profile: Psigma's Edinburgh boss on why he is in Scotland long term
When Tim Wishart agreed to launch an Edinburgh office for Psigma he was not expecting to head the company’s first overseas team