THE expected retirement this week of Martin Gilbert as chairman of transport operator FirstGroup follows similar announcements over the last month from Lord Smith at Weir, Sir Win Bischoff at Lloyds Banking Group and Richard Findlay at STV. The guard is clearly changing.1 comment
WHAT now unites Alex Salmond, the CBI, Sir Mervyn King, the OECD and the Federation of Small Businesses? It’s the economy, stupid.3 comments
JUST a few weeks ago the Co-operative was poised to become a new force in banking by acquiring more than 630 branches from Lloyds. Now it is contemplating the future of its own financial services operations.
WHERE is the fragrant Christine Lagarde? And where is “Team IMF” which flew into the UK last Wednesday for a week-long assessment of the UK’s books?
HURRAH! Britain’s bailed-out banks are back in profit and on the road to recovery. So can we now have our money back, please?2 comments
HOME insurance is one of those financial products that’s taken for granted; it’s essential but it’s easily available and usually affordable. Where would homeowners be without it?
AT LAST, a chink in the gloom – or more accurately three arriving all at once. Could the economy at last be on the turn?
THE consensus on banking is that we need more competition. Hence the move to encourage new entrants and force the creation of others through asset disposals. But is it possible that we have too many banks?
IT may not have been an overpowering tide of good news. But the latest economic pointers – that 0.5 per cent rise in Scottish GDP in the final quarter of last year and now the better-than-expected 0.3 per cent advance in UK GDP in the first three months of 2013 – have all but banished fears of that dreaded “triple dip” recession.
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